June 21, 2013

Schoooool's Out for Summer!

Bonus points if you 'heard' that title in Alice Cooper's voice!

My two big boys are finished another school year. Goodbye grades 5 and 3, hello summer!

Even better, in our house, the last day of school is really the start of everyone's summer vacation. My husband is a high school teacher and I've been babysitting two kids whose mothers are teachers, so we're both now on holidays too. Aaah, life is good.

On a sewing note, I decided Wednesday to make myself a skirt. I don't usually do clothes as I find the patterns too complicated most of the time, but I looked online and found this tutorial - 20 Minute Simple Skirt. Simple...I like simple. So, as soon as the supper dishes were cleared away, I started in. It took me about 90 minutes, partly because I kept running down to the family room to check the tutorial on the computer and partly because I did Nathan's whole bedtime routine in the middle of sewing the skirt.


It is simple to make, but I had one problem with the instructions. She doesn't give much guidance when it comes to how much fabric to use, so the first time I put it on it was waaaay too full and gathered. It looked really weird, so I took apart one seam and cut some off, then put it back together.

I added the ribbon around the bottom after seeing a similar skirt in another tutorial that had a contrasting band of fabric around the hem. The ribbon was faster.

It is crazy comfortable to wear. I can certainly see myself making more, especially using the layered look shown in one picture in the tutorial. I'm also considering using this tutorial for a circle skirt that looks amazing. And easy, which is a must.

My strawberry plants are blooming now. It looks like it will be an even better harvest than last year. We won't be here when the berries are ripe, though, so the neighbors who are looking after them for me will get lots of yummy rewards for their efforts!

I'm linking up today with Happy Hour Projects and Find a Friend Friday and TGIFF and Needle and Thread Thursday amd Can I Get a Whoop Whoop


  1. Leanne, I'm still singing Alice Cooper! My last school used to blast that song over the intercom after the last student and parent left on the last day of school, and all the teachers did a happy dance. so great memories of that song! hooray for summer vacation for all of you!

    Adorable skirt too! I'm with you- clothing scares me a little bit. haha! yours turned out great though! thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  2. Leanne, will you have a middle-schooler in the Fall, or does your school district do junior high? Either way, enjoy the summer break!

  3. Thanks for the skirt link, turned out cute. And with no kids and no stairs, I can probably do it in an hour!

  4. Great skirt! Love the black white red combo!
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  5. Yeah, I also belted it out with a bunch of other 35plus-ers at a concert last summer! Congrats o. The skirt, it is really cute!

  6. Great job with the skirt! Way to go! And yes, I definitely said it à la Alice Cooper. :)

  7. I have been wanting to make myself a skirt for the longest time! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Will go there right away! :)

  8. Great looking skirt, Leanne. I just wanted to say Hi and I received the mini-thread catcher this past week in the mail. I won it on the last blog hop from you and it is so cute. It looks great sitting beside my featherweight. Thank-you again so much. It is truly a great little gift.

  9. Cute skirt!! Good for you - can't wait to see your circle skirt! Whoop whoop!!

  10. Superbe Leanne! Félicitations aux garcons! Nous sommes fiers d'eux.


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