Matryoshka Skirt – and I’m in the Jury

I made this skirt yesterday for Frida – very simple pattern from Ingelise – April 2008, nothing much to worry about. So of course, I managed to screw it up anyway. The skirt has two tiers, as you can see – and I accidentally cut the top tier twice the length it’s supposed to be. Doh…

Matryoshka Skirt

I didn’t realize until the elastic was in its casing, and everything was pretty much done – only needed to sew the two tiers together. I have no idea why I didn’t see it coming – there is so much fabric around the waist of this skirt, you could fit an elephant in there – if the elastic was long enough. But I didn’t. See it coming, that is. I ended up gathering the top tier to fit the second tier, and now I can’t decide whether I should unpick a lot of seams and redo the whole thing. All that fabric around Frida’s tiny waist does take up some space…

I adore the fabric (baby corduroy) which I found at Malika & Rosa, but I only got half a metre, because that should be plenty for a small skirt – however now that I used everything making the waist of this skirt (yep), I have next to nothing left. What to do, what to do… In the meantime, Frida absolutely loves the skirt – I’m not sure she sees the problem!

A few days ago, I mentioned here that Rae is doing her Spring Top Week again – and it’s open for entries now! Being last years winner, she has asked me if I would like to be part of the jury this year, and of course I would love to! I am so happy and proud to be included, because the rest of the jury is made up by 9 incredibly talented women – I’m sure it’ll be lots of fun.

A butterfly

I’ll get back to that some other day – but right now I’m just feeling so internet-lucky! The internet is an amazing place to get together with like-minded people – online as well as IRL. During this past weekend, I was at my third bloggers meetup with an amazing group of girls who have their blogs and a great deal of creative talent in common – and then we have come to see that we really just share so much more than that, and I love being part of it.

Lucky me!


  1. Jenny says:

    I have rediscovered your blog. I love it! How fun that you are a judge for Spring Top week! I am trying to decide what to make. I guess being a judge means you can’t enter though, huh?

  2. Millie says:

    I am so glad to hear you are judging Spring Top Week. You deserve to be! You are lucky too, to get to meet fellow bloggers and crafters, I’m sure it is encouraging and inspiring.
    As for the skirt, I think I’d take it apart. Sorry! I made the Insa (Farbenmix) skirt recently and it has a seperate yoke to minimise the gathering at the waist. Maybe you could do something like that without completely dis-assembling it?

  3. Kathryn says:

    You could even do the yoke in a co-ordinating fabric if you can’t salvage enough from the original. (I’ll be doing the same with a ruffled Laguna I made that barely grazes the bottom of my daughter’s nappy! NOT a great look)

  4. Astrid says:

    Jenny – thank you so much! I actually can enter tops in the spring top week – I just won’t be able to win (but that would be impossible to years in a row anyway) 😉

    Millie – Thanks, girl! And thank you for your advice, I actually agree with you, but as Frida loves the skirt, I haven’t done anything about it yet. I was also considering taking off the top and adding straps. There’s no rush. 🙂

    Kathryn – You’re right about the coordinating fabric – I thought about that as well, but didn’t have anything that I was completely happy with, so I decided to leave the matryoshkas alone… Still not quite sure what I’ll do to it… 😉

    AB – tak skal du have og i lige måde! Det var rigtig hyggeligt – jeg nyder vores møder! 🙂

    Mumin Mamma – thanks a bunch! 🙂

    Marina – ja, yndigt stof – jeg er helt enig! Det er ikke ret nemt, det der med selvkontrollen – og jeg er godt nok glad for lækkert stof… 😉

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