Petal Skirt

Do you ever take on sewing projects for other people?  I’m really bad at saying no, but Josh and I have recently talked about how much more I sew for our family if I say no to other people’s sewing requests.  Well, this past week a friend of mine asked if I would do a little sewing for her.  As rehearsed from my conversation with Josh, I was ready to say no, but I hesitated and asked her what she needed done. petal skirt 018

Here goes her story. Her son was getting married this weekend and she picked out a beautiful mother of the groom gown.  She loved it, bought it, brought it home for her husband to see and he said “You sure are showing a lot up top!”  How could I say no to that?  So to her sewing request I said yes and quickly added a little tack to make sure she was fully covered up top.  (I will get better at saying no though…maybe I just need a little more practice.) petal skirt 005

The whole point of the story is her dress.  It was beautiful.  This satin dress had a pretty crossover bodice and then the bottom was covered in what looked like petals to me.  One on the left, then one on the right, cascading down to her knees in a criss-cross fashion.  I loved it and used it for inspiration to make Sweet Pea a new skirt. petal skirt 003

I whipped this up this morning, using some fabric that was given to me from a friend cleaning out her stash.  I love the front of the skirt with the flat waistband and the cascading petals. petal skirt 019

The back of the skirt has an elastic waistband and a simple a line shape.  This is a skirt I would like to make again, maybe with shirring in the back instead of the casing for the waistband, and then our usual shorts and pockets added on. petal skirt 015

  • http://kathleensews.wordpress.com/ kathleenmph

    I think it depends on the project as to a) whether I would do it at all, b) whether I would do it for free, or c) what kind of rate I would charge. I’ll definitely sew things for others, and have done so on commission; but I’ve also sewn things for charity (for example, I sewed on all the uniform basics for all 16 girls in my daughter’s Girl Scout troop so the other moms wouldn’t have to do it). In general, though, I feel that if people are asking us to do something they would otherwise have to go to a tailor or seamstress for, then we should charge them!

    In any case, cute skirt! I’m glad I’m not the only one that adds shorts and pockets to skirts :)

    • dandeliondrift

      Thanks! I usually do get paid for the sewing jobs I take on, but becoming a tailor is not my goal. Sewing for my family, while they are still young and will wear my handmade creations is definitely a goal so mine. I do truly appreciate all of my friends that know I like to sew and ask me for advice or sewing help!

  • http://twitter.com/akitchenmouse AMouseInMyKitchen (@akitchenmouse)

    Love this. It’s super super cute. I found you over at make it, wear it! I’d love for you to come link up at my new link party – http://www.amouseinmykitchen.com/2013/06/pin-it-proudly-link-party.html
    Hope to see you there!

  • http://momphotographer.wordpress.com/ Ewa “Mom Photographer”

    this is beautiful and very creative!

    • dandeliondrift

      Thanks so much! My daughter liked it too!

  • http://www.cutcutsew.com Kelly

    It’s very cute! It is so hard to say no to sewing requests, I am not good at it either!

    • dandeliondrift

      josh tells me all the time I need to practice saying no…it is best for me and my family when I slow down a bit!