So, last summer I decided that my daughter needed twirly skirts. I’m not sure why I felt this way, as I am sooo NOT a twirly skirt person! However, as those of you who have a daughter, granddaughter, or niece (or have ever ventured near a shopping mall, the girls’ clothing section in the department store, or the PINK toy aisle, for that matter) are probably aware (or, maybe not – you do you!), leggings and twirly skirts are all the rage (or at least were in the later summer and early fall). But, I had been shopping for legging patterns with the intent of whipping up a few pairs, and ran across Simplicity 1785. Seeing that it had a one-piece legging pattern (sooo much easier than two!), I snatched it up at a $1.99 sale at JoAnn. In addition to the leggings (I made three pairs, they are so fun and easy!), the cute skirts caught my eye, with their clever pleats and tutu-style poufiness.

During this episode, I was also emailing back and forth with my sister about skirt designs for a skirt for her daughter, and I was also in the process of gathering together inexpensive mix-and-match pieces for my daughter’s fall wardrobe, gathering cute sale leggings and onesies for basics, with the intention of adding cute flairs of style here and there through T-shirts, dresses, and blouses that could be layered together for lots of great looks. (Me, obsessing about baby fashion… well, in my defense, I had a lot of free time, okay?)

The two main items I had fallen in love with were a pretty floral sheer tulle skirt and a pair of cable-knit leggings, and the skirt was SOOO expensive for a baby skirt!! So, I took another look at the skirt included in Simplicity 1785, read through the instructions, and decided to give it a shot. I dug through my stash and got to work, quickly finishing one as a trial in a cute graphic floral. The tulle underskirt failed miserably, which is fine, I’m not a tutu fan, but the skirt turned out super cute without it! After I finished it, I started the second one, a heavier-weight brushed cotton flannel (Plaiditudes from JoAnn, for curious readers) in an awesome purple herringbone pattern.

Well, I screwed up cutting the purple fabric, and had to improvise. The instructions call for cutting two skirt pieces and two yokes – the tricky part is that the skirt pieces BOTH get cut out of the fold, but I for some reason decided to NOT cut my second piece on the fold, and had to fudge because my cutting didn’t add in seam allowances (oops). I managed to figure it out, but ended up with less fabric to work with. So, I had to make the yoke narrower and leave the waistband off. But, I managed to get the thing assembled to the point where it just needed hemming and waistband, and then set it aside to work on something else, and haven’t touched it since.

Until today. For some reason, I got itchy fingers and pulled out the skirt again since it was such a quick finish. Hey, all my Christmas gift projects are done (…right? ::mentally tallies:: OK, yeah), so I had a little wiggle room. Finished up the hem, got the waistband finished, and now it’s ready to go.

Where the serendipity comes in is that I had bought a cute T-shirt for my daughter a month or so ago depicting an ice skater on a river through a forest, in gray and purple shades, but didn’t really have anything my daughter could wear it with… until today!!

I ran across the T-shirt in a pile of clean laundry shortly after finishing the skirt, and on impulse, put it together with the skirt. And Voila! My daughter has an ADORABLE holiday outfit to wear to a party tonight:


This outfit is SO cute, and she even has a cute pair of Fair Isle pattern knit leggings to go with! I do need to find a shirt or onesie she can wear under it, but. I always LOVE it when things come together in unexpected and unplanned for ways!

What projects have you worked on and set aside that you were able to come back to later and finish lickety-split with awesome results? Share in the comments!!

Have a happy holiday, dear readers!


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