Mustache Skirt

Mustache Skirt

I ordered this Riley Blake mustache fabric for my darling daughter. I’ve been trying to sew things that she will wear often. She loves her crazy Guinea Pig Dress that she designed, but if mom makes anything without her input- it’s a flop.

She’s been calling me mom instead of Mommy & I don’t like it. I’ve been secretly studying my daughter’s changing style. Gone is the girl who wanted pink lollipop dresses. A little princess is no more, and a fashionista is emerging.

Tweens are searching for their identity. They are fiercely fighting for their independence. Clothing lets them express who they are.

I’ve noticed the girls Bella’s age love Justice. The clothing there is covered in glitter and sequins. I don’t like spending that much money on things that fall apart in the washing machine. So, aside from the shiny, I wondered what is it about Justice that these little girls love so much? Bella doesn’t give a crap about brands yet…..so what am I missing?

As I was thumbing through the racks, I noticed the skirts have little built in shorts. The tanks have built in bras. That’s when it hit me. At this age, girls are becoming body conscious.

They want all the trendiness of the older girls clothing, but still ride bikes and play in the dirt. Justice caters to a tween’s identity. They are not a baby, and not a teen. Just stuck in between the two, trying to find balance.

That was my great revelation. Back to that in just a moment, mmmkay?

This skirt is self drafted. The built in-shorts are a jersey knit. In my quest to sew and buy smart, I’ve forced myself to work with knits. My first knit project was meh. I’d like to think I’m getting better…

But you can see below that my stitches are a mess. My drafting on the shorts was poor, and I had to add a higher waistband. They’re more like built in undies. (Or can you see? This photo is also terrible.)

The leg openings were too small, so I added a stretchy lace insert. Bella really loves this part. But they bug the crap out of me, because the inserts aren’t even…one side is slightly higher than the other.

I would call this an epic fail, except Bella has already worn this skirt several times. She even wore it to school, which is the ultimate compliment. So my research has been paying off. And even though my talent with knit fabrics haven’t caught up to my ambitions yet, I know each project will teach me something new.

So I’m feeling really positive. Researching tween fashion forced me to remember how I felt at that age. I was self conscious for the first time, girls were starting to get catty, and my emotions were overwhelming. I also vaguely remember feeling like my mom didn’t understand me. So making something Bella really loves makes me feel good, and also a little closer to her. I’m going to be there for her when she needs me, and try not to treat her like a baby when she doesn’t. Even though she’ll always be my bitty girl.

If you have cool knit projects, a good tutorial, tips, or a pattern recommendation, feel free to leave me a link. I need help! I have a pile of really gorgeous knit fabric I got in the Dallas Garment District, and I’m going to figure out what I’m doing before I touch it! So you may see some Epic Fails here soon. It’s okay to just laugh at me when I mess up…I laugh at myself. Are yal afraid of any specific fabrics or techniques?

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!

15 Comments

  1. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    What a wonderful Mom you are…not only are you stepping out of your comfort zone to take on projects that your daughter will love, but you’re striving to understand her and what she’s going through right now. You’re trying to love her as best you can right now. And she is so fortunate to have a Mama like you!

    I remember my tween (and teen!) years being really tough with my Mom–I think in part because we are so similar. We butted heads then…but we’re super close now. So, hang in there! If it gets rough (and certainly it will), remember that this too shall pass. And one day, she’ll look back at this season and recall the many ways you loved her…including sewing custom skirts just for her. It may feel like a small gesture, but in a season when clothes are EVERYTHING, I know it means so much more than you can even imagine.

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  2. Susie @Bowdabra

    Hey there! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up your cute craft and great post! Stop by again next week and link up another awesome project!

    Have a great week!
    Susie@bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com

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  3. Deb

    If she loves it, it is not a fail, no matter how imperfect you might think it is. Don’t put yourself down- you did good on this one because she’s wearing the crap out of it, right? :)

    I just started sewing knits recently, and have only tried a few patterns. One was Vogue 1235, which was surprisingly super easy once I actually read the directions and did the pleats correctly, and there was a top I sewed last year I think with Dolman sleeves. I still prefer good old cotton though knits are growing on me.

    Next up is an attempt at lingerie!

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  4. Camille

    Love this, and the guinea pig dress! You and your daughter make a great team, you guys should start a clothing line!!

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  5. Foster

    I saw that cute fabric in a fabric store in St. George. So cute. I was surprised my daughter didn’t pick it up!

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  6. Ginny

    Love the moustache fabric and skirt. I have not heard the term tween before, but think I have one, as she is definitely not a little girl any more, but not yet a teenager.

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  7. Linda

    Too CUTE! I like the skirt, too. :) Best wishes, Linda

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  8. thisblogisnotforyou

    Again, super cute! If you’re looking for cheap or free patterns, go to Burdastyle.com. They have quite a few children’s patterns – some of them are free for download.

    I personally often use the rub-off method. If you have a really nice fitting dress from you daughter just trace the pattern with a tracing wheel or copy it with pinning muslin onto it. This way you get a pattern that fits and you can easily make changes!

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  9. Lisa Nelson

    It’ totally not a fail. Actually, I think it’ pretty nice – and clever of you to think of all the way to fix it up. I wouldn’t even have noticed the unevenness if you didn’t point it out.

    And look at how much your daughter loves it! That’ clothes love right there!

    Great job Mama! I can’t even imagine what my daughter will be like when he i a tween. It’ too scary to even think about.

    I am going to check out that knit tutorial.

    Do you have a serger?

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  10. Rachel

    Your daughter is beautiful and looks so happy in her outfit! I think drafting knits is tricky… and sewing knits doesn’t really bother me. There was a big knit series here–>http://madmim.com/stretch-yourself-learn-to-sew-with-knits/ Some of that might be good. It’s a pretty mixed bag of stuff.

    Bottom line they wear it= WIN

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  11. Pam

    Definitely not a fail, Amy. Bella loves it and I bet she doesn’t notice if the inserts don’t line up. If she likes it and feels good in it, it’s a success.

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  12. Gina

    Cute skirt!! I have been wanting to attempt the built in shorts too, but haven’t. My girls love dresses and skirts but they are always hanging from the monkey bars, spinning cart wheels, and then they forget to sit lady-like. There have been a few blog series about sewing with knits but I can’t remember when. You might try googling or check Simple Simon and The Train to Crazy blogs. I bought the Go to Dress pattern awhile back but have not sewn it up as I haven’t taped the pages together then I will have to trace off the size I need before sewing can begin. Maybe I should make that one of my summer goals?!?

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  13. ingrid@nowathomemom

    The mustache skirt is very pretty and love it that it has shorts! hey! I could use something like this myself! :-)

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