I love sewing clothes that my kids actually wear ... I know I'm weird that way, but I can't seem to help myself :) Anyway, when Lisa from PiePie Designs asked for testers for the Cherry Pie skirt, I was quick to volunteer because it looked like a great basic pattern. And I was right! I made two versions while testing and whipped up a third skirt as part of the blog tour. My girls love the skirts, and I'm sure they will get lots and lots of wear this summer! You can get your own copy of the pattern for only $5 until June 27th (after that the price will be $7) from either Craftsy or Etsy. Or you can scroll down to the end of this post and enter the giveaway to win a free copy of the pattern :)
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I can't wait to see all the other versions of the Cherry Pie skirt from this great group of bloggers. The possibilities with this pattern are pretty much endless!
Originally I was going to sew a skirt for each of the girls, but I realized Mae really does need new clothes, and not just individual pieces, but entire outfits. This is pretty much unheard of in my house since I tend to shop end-of-season sales to stock up on relatively cheap clothes. Otherwise, clothing six kids can get pretty expensive :) But last year I decided I should sew more everyday clothing, so for the first time in her life, Mae actually needs clothes!
The Cherry Pie skirt is a great starting point for building a basic wardrobe. It's practical, it's quick, and it's adorable! I chose to use chambray because it's durable and goes with pretty much anything. I don't usually make things in earth tones like this, but I really like that it goes with pretty much anything without being black or grey. The only thing I don't like about chambray is that is takes about 3 seconds to be wrinkled mess :) I promise I ironed it before taking these pictures!
Mae really likes her new skirt! It's easy to move around in and even works great for riding a bike! I kind of wish it didn't work so well because she's getting to be a fast pedaler and I have to run to keep up :)
I have to be honest and say that I have no idea why my daughter is hugging the deck post with so much joy, but I suppose she's happy and that's all that matters! I have to remind myself often that she's two, and two year old's are just plain weird sometimes :)
The Cherry Pie skirt is a really quick sew. It only took about an hour from cutting to finish (assembling the pattern only took a few minutes extra) and I used french seams and bias binding for the hem, so I think a basic version would take even less time. I feel that the pattern runs pretty true to size. Mae currently wears anywhere between an 18 months and a size three in pdf patterns and the size two Cherry Pie skirt fit well with a bit of room to grow. I can see myself making more of these for all of my girls in the future. In fact, I'm already planning a corduroy version for my oldest for this fall :)
Skirt - Robert Kaufman Interweave Chambray in Oregano
Trim - Crocheted cotton
Skirt Pattern - Cherry Pie Skirt by PiePie Designs
Shirt - Riley Blake Little Red Riding Hood Little Mushrooms
Shirt pattern - Mara blouse by Compagnie M. with several modifications
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