16 Apr 2014
I am pretty sure, you all remember that, Nursery Rhyme, Ring Around the Rosy!
This song is often sung in our house, since we have so many little one's running around. And, every time it is sung I can't help but think about the, Pocket Full of Posies. I have always tried imagining what that must look like. So many times as a child I was often found, gathering and bunching together any and ALL wildflowers. Wanting to make endless bouquets to keep and give away.
Our little girls are not to much different than I was. I have vases and empty bottles full of Wild flowers, displayed around the home. Each bunch and bouquet, just as Sweet as the next. One of our daughters is constantly filling her pockets with Rocks, Shells and Flowers. She is often saying to me, how she wishes she had MORE pockets to put her treasures in. Every time she mentions this to me, I can't help but sing the tune in my head, "Ring Around the Rosy a Pocket full of Posies".
When I saw the Lazy Day, Fabric line. I knew instantly, that it would be PERFECT for making this, Pocket Full of Posies skirt a reality.
The collection has so many wonderful colors and patterns to choose from.
The first thing I did, when I received my fabric, was laid it out into different color patterns. I was trying to decide which ones, I wanted to use for my Skirt Panels first.
Once I decided on my Color Combination. I cut my panels. The skirt I was a total of 60 inches long. I used 6 panels total. Measuring 10 inches each. If your making this for smaller sizes you can size the Panels down. Using 8, 6, 5,or even 4 inch panels.
For reference sake: I made this for my 9yr old. I wanted my skirt Length long enough to gather, but not to LONG where the Panels and Pockets, would become to bunched up in the gathering process. I wanted my pockets visible while being worn. All Seam allowances are 3/8"
When I decided on 10 inch wide panels, I then quickly drafted some basic pocket patterns. One rounded Edge and One Square.
I cut my paper pattern pieces out and used them as my templates. I played around with my Fabric combination before Cutting my Pockets.
Once I was settled my Pocket (fabrics) I cut my pieces out. 3 rounded edge pockets and 3 square pockets. Each Pocket needs 2 Cuts, One front and One lining piece.
Place the RIGHT sides of your pockets together and sew along the edge, leaving a 1.5-2" opening for turning your Rights sides out.
Press your Finished pocket with a Iron. Top stitch the TOP of your Pocket, ONLY! Place in the Center of your Skirt Panel and TOP stitch the sides and bottom of your pocket. Leaving the Top open, for putting fun Treasures in.
OPTIONAL: You can trim your pockets with Ric Rac, Pom Poms, Binding etc. for some added fun. ( but this skirt will look just as Cute without any trims.)
When you have finished Sewing all your pockets to your , Pocket Full of Posies, Skirt Panels. Place the RIGHT sides of your Panels together and Sew along the SIDE edges. Continue to do this until all your Panels are attached and make one complete skirt.
Gather the TOP edge of your skirt and attach your waist band.
I have one Happy little girl, because of this skirt.
She has already twirled and collected, Pockets Full of goodies to collect and share.
I also made this Adorable coordinating top to go with this skirt. You can check that out HERE.
I am totally Loving the color combination of this Pocket Full of Posies skirt. It is Absolutely perfect for Spring and Summer.
We have already been stopped and asked where we got it from. Don't you LOVE it when that happens? I always get so much joy from sharing how and why these things are been made. 99.9% of the time it's because the girls have requested a certain item and I LOVE being able to make it for them. I am sure their memories will be full of all the Handmade Goodness in their lives.
Especially with skirts like this, Pocket Full of Posies.
It was made because, of a little girls LOVE of collecting. Gathering up trinkets and treasures while outside playing, with never enough pockets to put it all in.
We are already looking forward to making this skirt in different color and fabric combinations.
It's a skirt that has so many wonderful options and possibilities.
I am sure you will have just as much fun as we did. Making and wearing this little bit of, Happy GOODNESS!!!