Monday, September 27, 2010

Sewing Obsession: pinwheel skirt {refashion}

Once upon a time I lived in El Salvador. My husband lived there too. We became friends with this other cool guy and kept in touch with him. After a few years, he went home and married his sweetheart - - an amazing, talented woman. Not only did they live with us for a week in Vegas, but they were also the first ones to find out that we were pregnant with our first (psst. Don't leave your computer in the guest room with the countdown to your due date . . . unless you really want your guests to find out. Oops.)

Anyway, this amazing, talented woman now has an awesome blog. I think she took a sewing class in her last semester in college and since then is the designer Queen! Seriously. Just check out Leanne's blog here. I have a list of projects to sew for myself once I have this baby and loose the baby fat.

One of her latest projects/tutorials was this pinwheel skirt.

I mean. Seriously. Gorgeous. (She even models her own creations.) Well, she was wanting submissions from people who had tried out her tutorial and even though I really wanted to do it, I knew that this pinwheel skirt would not be flattering with my pregnant belly. So I decided to make one for little Ava. Well, I'm in the process. Since I love refashioning, I decided to use this suede skirt I've had for years that had water stains on it, but just couldn't bear to throw out. And then this old top that I haven't worn for years, but couldn't bear to throw out due to the gorgeous lace (okay, okay. I know what you're thinking . . . we just watched Hoarders last night and I'm not to that point yet. Trust me.).

But, due to the suede, I'm not able to finish it with my sewing machine. I really need to find a heavy duty one and finish it soon so that Ava can wear it this fall. Wouldn't this be the cutest skirt with brown boots, a cream colored sweater and a cream colored bow in her hair?

When I figure out what to do and finish it, I'll be sure to post it.
Go and check out Leanne's blog, Elle Apparel. You really won't be disappointed!


  1. I need this skirt in adult size! I sent you an email about it:-)

  2. My machine can do suede and leather...I even have the foot for it! We should get together!

  3. Wow. I am totally flattered. You made me sound way cooler than I really am. I am honestly in love with little Ava's skirt! I had no idea the lace was a shirt. Fantastic job!!

  4. Oh I hope you got to finish this. Would love to see photos. Also, I have several clothing items I can't bare to throw away because I know I can make something. Thank you for outing yourself so I don't feel alone!