When I think of summer, I think of SEERSUCKER. I’m a sucker for seersucker, I just LOVE IT! There is something about this wrinkly, striped fabric that makes me smile. It has “summer” written all over it. I read somewhere that the puckered texture of the fabric keeps it away from the skin so it’s perfect for warm weather. I made these two seersucker skirts for a 4 year and a 2 year old pair of sisters that we were visiting in Chicago last week. I added strawberry embellishments because strawberries remind me of summer, too, and it just seemed natural to combine them. I was inspired by our recent strawberry picking trip! I think these might be one of my favorite projects I’ve made this summer.
For the strawberry embellishment, I cut out the strawberry out of some red polka-dotted material that I had in my fabric stash that was perfect for this project. I ironed it onto the seersucker with Heat n Bond iron on adhesive. The leaf and stem of the strawberry were cut out of 100% wool felt. I love the girls’ unique names, too, so I added their names onto their skirts. I love personalizing anything I can! I cut the girls’ name out of fuzzy blue heat transfer material with my silhouette and ironed the letters onto twill tape:
Then I sewed all the pieces into place with my sewing machine:
I sewed an elastic waistband at the top:
For the bottom hem of the skirts, I wanted to do something different than the typical rolled hem. I don’t have a serger (that’s next on my list of machines to acquire! I can hear Jeff groaning as he reads this), so I made this hem (not sure what the official name of this type of hem is called) that was a nice clean way to finish the bottom. Here is my best attempt at trying to explain what I did:
1. cut a 2″ strip of material, fold in half lengthwise and iron
2. line the 2 raw edges of the strip with the outside raw edge of the bottom of the skirt. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Iron this seam open.
3. fold the strip upwards towards the inside of the skirt, pin and sew in place with a 1/8″ seam allowance.
All packaged up and tied with a strip of leftover seersucker!