As promised I have another wonderful everyday costume for you today. I am in love with the possibilities for this one. Today's costume uses two patterns, plus I have a quick and easy bonus tutorial for you. The show stealer today is the Pixie Belle Skirt. I've paired with it is the Peasant Top, such a great staple pattern. To finish off this costume I'll show you how to make a quick and easy corset style pirate vest.
The Pixie Belle Skirt
is super quick and easy but so cute and unique! It is designed for sizes 2-8. Like the Fariytale dress
pattern, Pixie Belle's skirt to made from two offset squares. The skirt is gathered to a simple elastic waistband. I love the look of a handkerchief hem! In the name of speed I hemmed my pixie squares with a rolled hem on my serger instead of a folded narrow hem. I trimmed off about 1/4" while serging to keep the finished length the same.
Paired with the Pixie Belle today is the Peasant Top
. This simple blouse is great on so many levels! The peasant top is available for both babies 0-24 months
and girls 2-10
. The pattern includes both long and short sleeves and multiple finishing options. I love how quickly to goes together. It is cute in a variety of fabrics as an everyday top paired with jeans or Sterling Leggings
. But, it is also a great layering piece. This one is made in plain white cotton. It is the same top that I paired under my Fairytale dress
last winter and that Sweet Pea wore with her stripwork Miss Muffet Skirt
also. I added 3" of length to the top and omitted the ruffle to reduce bulk, knowing that this was a layering piece for me. This time I chose to finish the neckline with a narrow hem and shirring; for the sleeves I used a simple folded casing.
Now for the vest. This vest pounded home the Pirate look for me. I used an imitation leather look knit fabric. It's kind of plastic-y on the right side. I probably wouldn't want to wear it often, but it's perfect for this. It doesn't fray so the only sewing necessary are shoulder and side seams. With a few simple steps you can create this vest in a jiffy!
- Gather supplies: fabric, a tee that fits, fabric marking pen or chalk
- Fold your tee in half matching shoulder and side seams.
- Place on the fold of your fabric and trace loosely around it. I used a chalk pen because it was visible on my black. Remember to add a little extra on the sides and shoulder for seams. Don't stress over it too much, This does not need to be perfect! This will be your back.
- Trace a second piece the same as the first, but split down the center instead of on the fold. This will be your front.
- Set the back piece aside and grab the front. Cut the front to your desired shape. I totally free handed this. The only guide line really is to make sure that you do not alter the length of the shoulder or side seams. I created a V front and notched bottom.
- Next sew the front and back pieces right sides together at the shoulder and side seams. Secure your stitches at the beginning and end of each seam.
- Your vest could now be finished if you want an open front style. I chose to add some buttonholes and lace with ribbon. I added 4 buttonholes per side and laced like shoelaces.
The beauty of no hemming is that the length is easily customizable after the fact. I decided that the vest was a wee bit long once on so I trimmed a bit off. Easy!
This is another costume that works great for Halloween, but can also easily transfer to everyday! Sweet Pea loves it and has requested to wear it several times already. Take off the vest, perhaps add tights, or a cute sweater and you have a perfect everyday skirt that doesn't scream pirate!
Speaking of multiple opportunities to wear this one.... Have you heard of Krispy Kreme's Pirate Day? Once a year (at participating locations) you can get a free dozen glazed doughnuts if you come in dressed as a pirate. How fun is that?! So plan a fun outing with the kids and get some doughnuts! All the details can be found at Krispy Kreme's website
|"Sweet Pea, say 'ARGH, I'm a pirate!'"|
And finally, your quick pattern rundown:
- Sizes 2-8
- beginner sewing level
- unique handkerchief hem
- Baby sizes 0-24 months
- Girls sizes 2-10
- beginner sewing level
- long or short sleeves
- multiple options for finishing neck and sleeves
Labels: costumes, free sewing tutorial, krispy kreme, pirate, pixie hem pattern, quick sewing patterns