I think its the best ever when I can get a garment out of a yard of fabric or less. It completely makes my day. But you want to know what else is the best? Like, maybe a tie? When I can not only get one garment out of that yard, but a second too! In this case, I got two skirts from a single yard- my 30 Minute Skirt with pockets that I showed you on Monday, and a skirt for a coordinating dress for Layla!
The first time I laid eyes on this Ornithology print, I was just smitten, so its not surprise to me that it had a similar effect on Layla. When she saw me cutting my skirt she asked expectantly if I was making something for her. When I told her I was making a skirt for me, she was visibly disappointed. It didn’t take long to see that I would have plenty left to make something for her though, so it wasn’t long before her excitement returned. This is her favorite bird!
I decided to make her a dress as opposed to a skirt for a few reasons. First, she is eight and can’t keep track of her clothes. Having separates only compounds the issue. A dress is sure to stay hanging in her closet and she needs only to retrieve it when she wants to wear it. Second, a dress is open to so much possibility in design. I knew if I went this route I could really have fun with the silhouette.
So a dress it became. I paired the Liberty with a chambray I picked up from Mood last year. I think it was a limited edition Ralph Lauren design. I wanted the dress to be light and summery, so I opted for an open back and loose silhouette. I just used a hook and loop for the closure. The bodice is lined with the same chambray thats on the exterior.
I lined the skirt with Free Spirit solid voile because it matches the quality and weight of the lawn perfectly.
A big perk of the dress being loose is that it will fit her for a long time to come. I was just telling a friend of mine that Layla is still wearing dresses from three years ago because she is just stretching upward and not outward. So when she hits her next growth spurt, I plan to take out the hem and add a chambray ruffle to the bottom to give it some more wear. I think it’ll be darling, and it will breathe new life into the dress.
There’s still a week and a half to make a 30 Minute Skirt and be entered to win a yard of Liberty from the wonderful DuckaDilly! If you haven’t read my post, you can find it HERE. Be sure to enter on Instagram! There’s a whole world of possibilities where a single yard of Liberty is concerned.
I hope you will join us!