Thank you for having me, Heidi! I’m so excited to be here today doing something I really enjoy: knocking off a commercially made outfit! When I was first considering this project I went straight to the Mini Boden online catalogue for inspiration. Can’t go wrong with Mini Boden, right?? I fell in love with their winter skirts immediately, so all I had to do was pick my favorite.
I always think it’s fun to “window” shop in expensive shops knowing that I can go home and make the items for a fraction of the price. It’s so satisfying to know I can give my girl beautiful things without going broke. (Although, my husband and the growing pile of fabric in my sewing room might say otherwise…)
I chose to knock off the new Mini Boden sequin skirt. Abby LOVES pink and I am really digging the gold/shimmer/sparkle trend I’m seeing this holiday season.
The Mini Boden version is made with a button closure, but Abby is two so I try to make things she can put on herself. Elastic is a girl’s best friend. My version has an elastic casting in the back, with a flat waistband in the front.
I think my favorite feature of the Mini Boden skirt is the hot pink little ruffle on the waistband. It’s almost like an afterthought, but when you look closely, brilliant. It gives a little more fun to this elegant skirt. I had some dupioni silk ribbon laying around which turned out to be the perfect color. I just couldn’t resist adding it to the bottom hem as well.
I’m glad I went with my instincts on the trim, because it’s Abby’s favorite feature besides the sequins. Come to think of it, this was my first experience sewing with dupioni silk, too, so I covered a lot of new bases with this skirt. Yay!
Don’t you love the way the sequins sparkle? Why have I never noticed before how much I love sequins??
|Ignore the ruffling in this picture. This step will come later.|
STEP FIVE: Make the elastic casing.
On the back of your skirt, fold the top edge down 1/4″ and press. Now fold it down 1″encasing the top edge of the lining and press. Pin and sew as close to the edge as possible. It should look like this:
STEP SIX: Add the waistband and elastic.
On the wrong side of your skirt, pin the waistband to your ruffle and pin.
Make sure the ends match up with your side seams. You should be able to slip the ends of the elastic casing inside your waistband when finished with this step.
Stitch along the crease you created when pressing the waistband (this should be 1/4″ from the raw edge). Now flip the waistband over to enclose the raw edge and press. Pin and sew it down using an edgestitch.
Here is a picture of how the edge seams should match up at this point:
Now, using a safety pin, slip the elastic inside the casing on the back and feed it through to the other side. I like to secure the free end of my elastic with a pin to make sure it doesn’t get away from me. Your elastic should now reach through the back of your skirt and stick out on either end by 1/4″ to 1/2.”