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Sunday, August 7, 2011

EXTRAORDINARY GUEST: Little Ruffle Skirt Tutorial & GIVEAWAY! name is bec
and i am so excited to be able to share on 36th Avenue today from my little blog/label called 

I live in a beautiful little city called Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia with my best friend, who also happens to be my husband. I work as a nurse but lately I can't seem to take my focus off sewing.
I love creating things, making new from old and i love the joy of sharing all the little creations that come along the way. 

Today i have the pleasure of sharing a tutorial of a beautiful little ruffle skirt that i designed for one of my little nieces. 

You will need (for size 2T)...
  • 2 X Cotton fabric 18"x10"
  • 18 strips of fabric 18"x2"
  • 18" elastic 1.5" wide
  • waistband- 5.5" x 21"
  • cotton
  • sewing machine

First, with the cotton fabric pieces, cut in from 2" at the top to the bottom corner, and round the bottom, like you would to make an A-Line skirt. Hem the bottom.

Next, prepare your fabric strips by hemming each side of the length, so that no raw edges are showing.

once all the strips are done, sew a running stitch at the top of each strip, and pull from one end of the cotton to create a ruffle. make the ruffle to fit the width of the A line piece of fabric you have already cut. Continue this process for each strip.

next, sew on each ruffle starting from the bottom, covering the hem.

there will be some fabric at the top that is still visible, but this will be covered by the waistband. 

next, place both pieces of the A-Line skirt together right sides facing out, and sew along the sides. Trim the edges. Turn inside out, and sew along the sides again, encasing the stitch you have just made...this is a french seam.

Finally, the waistband. Fold the waistband in half, meeting each 5.5" side, and sew at the edge. Iron the waistband in half lengthways, and fold in a 1" tuck each side and iron flat. It should now look like a waistband to sew on the top of the skirt. pin the waistband in place at the top of the skirt, ensuring that each side meets up, and covering the top of the last ruffle.

sew the waistband in place, leaving a 2 inch gap to thread the elastic through. Thread the elastic through, and sew ends together. Sew the gap closed. And you are finished!

i tried it on my little neice, and she LOVED it!

how super cute is she??

Thank you so much for having me. I hope to see you soon at smallbirdie.



Now for the giveaway!!

Bec is going to give away one of these gorgeous little ruffle skirts (Size 2T-6), using this same fabric, and matching tee...


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Congratulation to Jeannie your comment "I am following small birdie through google! " got you the cuttest little ruffle skirt and matching T-shirt...
Thank YOU Bec for sharing this GIVEAWAY with my readers...♥

Bec, this outfit is A D O R A B L E!

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Beautiful Oregon!

Since today is our last day here in Oregon,
I want to share with you a little bit of this beautiful part of the country...
Even though my family and I were here just for a year an a half
there are places, people and memories
 that will stay in our hearts forever.

Here is my little thank you to all of you that have shared with us not just your amazing state
but your love and  friendship...

Newport Beach... June 2011

Portland LDS Temple, June 2011

Prineville October, 2010

Mount Hood, January 2011

...In a restaurant near Seaside, Dec 2010

Tillamook, June 2010

Antique Shop cool

...The Columbia River. Oct 2010

Here are the falls near the river...

 And if you think you've seen green... think again.

 and again...

and again... we are taking with us the beauty of your coast
{Cannon Beach, April 2010}

the friendship of some of the best people I've ever met...
{love you girls}

and the infinite beauty of your landscaping.