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The ultimate twirling skirt

I love finding our about independent pattern companies, so I was most excited when a friend recently introduced me to farbenmix and Studio Tantrum patterns.  These are patterns for children.  My friend gave me the Redondo skirt pattern and I loved it so much that I then went out and bought their book "Sewing Clothes Kids Love". 

I made this Redondo skirt for my daughter.  She loves it, but much prefers to wear it as a strapless dress over leggings.  She tries to turn everything in her dress-up box into a strapless short dress, so that is obviously her style preference!


The pattern is essentially 2 pieces, an upper flounce and a lower flounce.  Five full flounces are sewn together to make the skirt.  I cut the pieces on the bias so that I could get them out of a fat quarter, which seems to have worked okay.

Here it is, being worn as a skirt, on the streets of Tokyo.  I had bought my kids brightly coloured jumpers to minimise my chances of losing them in a crowd.  As it seems almost everybody wears black in Tokyo, this was even more effective than I had anticipated!

11 comments:

  1. I love the way your daughter is making creative styling decisions already. I'd wear this skirt! It is so pretty.

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  2. Funny! I just made this skirt a couple of days ago and blogged about it! Your daughter's is cute!

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  3. So cute! I think I'd like to have a skirt like that, too.

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  4. Lucy looks very cute. She's definitely mastered the twirl. The colours look so bright and fun together.

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  5. Your daughters skirt looks great, and what a clever idea about the bright jumpers.

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  6. I've seen this pattern before but hadn't realised it would look so cute made up - I love your fabric mix.

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  7. Cute cute skirt, um I mean dress. I have a similar skirt pattern that I made and wore many years ago. I loved to twirl in it too. Wow, your photo really does show the contrast between your kids' bright sweaters and all the other folks wearing black.

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  8. Your daughter is working that skirt! Cute skirt, cute girl!

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  9. That skirt/dress is completely adorable! Your fabric choices are inspired. Very artistic, and I love how they look together.
    It's amazing that someone is nicking the pattern sheets from Burda magazine in your library! How selfish!! I don't buy all of the magazines, often the "one" copy that my newsagent gets is gone before I see it and sometimes I kick myself when I miss one that turns out to be a real goodie... I agree some issues are more fabulous than others

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  10. Very cute! Your daughter is one stylish girl.

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