Sunday, July 19, 2015

Skirting the Issue 2015: My contribution

Hi!  This is a quick post to show you a couple of quick skirts that I made and tell you about a really cool project going on this month, Skirting the Issue.  Simple Simon and Company host this event in order to inspire sewists to donate skirts to kids in foster care, just in time for the start of the new school year, and they are collaborating with several sewing bloggers this month to provide lots of free skirt patterns and tutorials.  The goal is to collect 1000 skirts this year, and if you'd like to participate the details are in the link I provided above--the basics are that you sew a skirt (or several) by August 15th and donate it to an organization in your area that provides clothing to foster kids.  Then you let the ladies at Simple Simon know how many skirts you made so that they can keep track.

I made this simple elastic-waist full skirt from some fun Melody Miller Rubystar fabric:

size 3T

And this knit a-line skirt with a yoga waistband, using this tutorial from Craftiness is not Optional:

this one is a size 5, but was totally too big for my skinny 5-year-old!
I'll be mailing my skirts to With Love Oregon, an awesome organization that helps set up foster parents with great quality clothing and other supplies they need to help them successfully bring a foster child into their family.  I'd be happy to provide you with a mailing address for your donations if you'd like to participate!


  1. Well done, the first skirt's fabric is indeed amazing!

  2. Cute skirts! I love your fabric choice for the first one!

  3. Do you know of a similar Oregon organization that collects clothes for larger/older foster kids? Would love to donate some very gently used clothes, but I've already donated everything I've had for kids 0-5.

    Meanwhile, i'll totally check out some of those patterns/tutorials and see if this novice sewer can manage to make something worthy of being donated too. :) --Aviva

    1. Hi Aviva! I don't know of another organization--With Love Oregon is run by a friend of mine, so it was an easy choice! They do collect clothing for ages 0-8, so maybe that would help!

  4. Both are darling! Thank you so much for sewing along with us!


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