Added Jun 23, 2010
I’ve had one of these images stolen as well. I hate watermarks but I might consider adding them to the pettiskirt photos.
This was the other pettiskirt I made. Black probably wasn’t my first choice. My first instinct was to think….black, ugh, no way. But when I saw another version of it I LOVED it.
Besides the fact that they are a deviation from the normal pettiskirt hues, I think they look GREAT paired with BRIGHT rainbow colors to offset the dark tone. Which is why I chose these pieces to couple with the skirt.
The boots were the perfect touch. I bought them at Target for $16.99. The rainbow stockings were borrowed from a Rainbow Brite halloween costume. I bought the tank top at Walmart for only $3. That deal was so good I bought one in every color and the jacket was a gift from a friend who worked at The Children’s Place.
Here’s a little secret….it’s actually for Molly but I thought it looked like a cool cropped jacket for Lily. It seemed to fit her shoulder width which is the most important part. I don’t think you should feel trapped by label sizes with children’s clothing, especially skirts. Sometimes, cropped looks better!
I had originally wanted to photograph Lily stomping in a deep puddle during a rainstorm and yesterday would have been the perfect day. BUT FOR, the fact that it was still pretty cold here when the sun wasn’t out. So that was out of the question. I’ll have to save that idea for a nice hot summer evening. You know, the sort of rain and heat that makes steam rise from the pavement.
Oh I almost forgot, I bought the umbrella at Urban Outfitters. You might not be able to tell from the photos but it is one of those umbrellas that have a bell shape so less rain can fly in your face. Not only is it fashionable BUT FUNCTIONAL!
Later, Lily and I went to Rita’s Italian Ice and bought some chocolate custard. Speaking of Rita’s did any of you pay them a visit for their ‘first day of spring’ free ice day? I’m sure some of you might have a chain where you live. I did, and found it to be quite impractical.
Well, as usual the first day of spring was freezing. So what did we do? We all huddled in ridiculously long lines, in light jackets and sipped on warm, toasty, ICE!
And then, did we at least gather indoors to eat our reward? No. Because Rita’s doesn’t have an ‘indoors’. All of this was under the guise of ‘free’.
And in case you all are scolding me for complaining about something that is ‘free’. I have to forewarn you that Lily (and myself) don’t really like Italian ice and ordered custard instead which of course, was not….free.
But on behalf of those of you who didn’t mind the cold, enjoy Italian ice and all complimentary things, I have to thank Rita’s for their generosity:)
Oh, and in case some of you attempted to recreate the instructions I linked to in the last pettiskirt post and were frustrated I have your solution….
As I mentioned in the last post, Kaiya Eve’s instructions were not very thorough, left out a lot of details and (I forgot to mention) were only for an 18-month old. If you found these things out the hard way, I can truly empathize! But a fellow blogger and pettiskirt maker, Kerri Krueger has created a very thorough tutorial to recreate a boutique-style pettiskirt in sizes 3 months thru 12 years. She sells them through her site. You can purchase it here. Then get out your sewing machine and make a hundred for just the cost of material!
If you’re on the fence about purchasing the tutorial, keep in mind that it includes some good tips that will shorten the time it takes you to make a pettiskirt as well as improve the quality. And that is priceless!
Kerri also answers all questions about the the tutorial within 24 hours.
Be sure to look for lots of new giveaways next week. Brian is wrapped up in his fantasy baseball league all weekend so I will have some time to myself to sew, sew, sew.
Oh and by the way, I named this the twilight tide pettiskirt because, to me, not only does the ruffle fluff at the bottom look like the spray on ocean tides but it feels soft and foamy to the touch.
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