Monday, August 13, 2012

A new outfit for Miss C plus a giveaway!

A couple months ago I received a little bundle of eight fat quarters from Art Gallery.  I chose fabrics from the Poetica line.  


My original intent with these was to sew a make-up travel bag, but then I had a realization.  I don’t travel.  I don’t need another bag, but Miss C needed a new skirt.  Then I decided she needed a matching shirt so I ordered an extra ½ yard of fabric for the shirt. 

We had a super fast "Mom are you serious?" photo shoot the other day.  At least I didn't have to bribe her with anything this time.

Miss C LOVES pink and purple so this fabric was a hit.  She is hard on her clothes so I didn’t want to put a huge amount of time into this project, and I wanted to stick with just the fabric I had.  I used a pattern for the shirt that I purchased a couple years ago, but the other projects were just ones I came up with using that little stack of 7 fat quarters (one fat quarter was used for the sleeves on the shirt).  I put together a few very simple tutorials on her little outfit.  

Tapered Strip Skirt
Here is a quick rundown of how I made the skirt.  Prewash all fabrics.  I used 7 different fat quarters for this project (2 strips of each fabric).  For a fuller skirt just use a few more strips.  Cut fabric to desired length.  After prewashing and trimming, my strips were 17.5” which was a perfect length for her. 

  1. Cut 14 strips 5” x 17.5”
  2. On one short end, make a mark 1” from each edge.  Trim the long sides of the fabric from the bottom corner to the 1” mark at the other end creating a tapered strip.  This makes one end of the strip 3" while the other end remains 5". 
  3. Sew all strips together along the long sides using ¼” seams, short ends on the top, wider ends at the bottom.  Finish raw edges using a serger or zig-zag.  My friend Barbie over  at The Quilting Mill has also put together a couple great tutorials on finishing seams.  Check out her tutorials on French seams and finishing gathered seams if you don't have a serger.
  4. I chose to serge my edges and then edge-stitch to keep everything in place.  
  5. Hem base of skirt.  I used a ¼” hem, although I’m tempted to go back and sew on a 2” ruffle hem to make the skirt a bit longer.  Miss C would love the ruffle. 
  6. Finish the waist.  I went a bit of a lazy route on this and just attached 2” white elastic to the waist.  I may go back one of these days and add a fabric casing instead of the elastic, but for now the elastic works fine.

Reversible Headband Cover

Next up is the headband.  I have a few ½” plastic headbands I bought about a year ago with the intention of making removeable headband covers.    Download my little hand-drawn pattern here. You’ll need two strips of fabric 16” x 2.5” as well as some fusible interfacing.

  1. Cut the fabric and interfacing using the pattern.
  2. Attach the interfacing.
  3. Fold and press short edges under ½’. Edge-stitch in place.
  4. Sew fabric along one long side seam.  Press seam.
  5. Press raw edges of fabric in ¼” on other long sides.  Edge-stitch each long side together about 1/8”. Leave short ends open to insert headband.  Finished!

Reversible Mini Tote
Finally, Miss C needed a little bag to go with her outfit.  

  
I used the remaining fabric to make a little reversible tote for her.  You’ll need two pieces of fabric 12” x 18” for the bag and lining, and two pieces 4” x 18” for the handles.  Cut interfacing as well: (2) 12” x 18” and (2) 3.5” x 18”.  

  1. Attach interfacing to bag pieces and handles as directed.
  2. Make handles.  Press each piece in half along the length then press each edge to meet in the center.  Edge-stitch along each long side to seal seams. Set aside. Leave short ends unfinished.
  3. Fold each bag piece in half and sew ¼” seam along each side.
  4. Box corners of both bag pieces and measure a 3” line as shown.  Pin and stitch across line.  Trim corners 1/4" from the stitch line.
  5. Attach handles.  Measure 3” in from each seam for handle placement.  Baste handles to the right side of one bag piece.  Make sure they are not twisted. 
  6. Place right sides of bag pieces together matching side seams.  Pin in place and sew around the top of the bag. Leave 3-4” opening to turn bag.  Turn bag right side out, press top seam, edge-stitch 1/8” from edge to finish and seal seams.  Press.
There you have it!  From eight fat quarters and a 1/2 yard she has a fun little new outfit.  Plus I still have enough fabric to make little sis a bag as well.  I might have to make another skirt and shirt from my stash. 

Now for a little giveaway! (Giveaway closed)
Art Gallery sent me an extra set of fat quarters to give away.  Just leave a comment.  I'll announce the winner on Thursday.

Have a great Monday!

209 comments:

  1. my daughter also loves pink and purple! thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. These prints look pretty. Nice job of getting miss C to stand still for photos. Thanks for the chance.

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  3. How adorable! Your outfit is the cutest.

    I've love a chance to win that beautiful bundle. Thanks.

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  4. I also love pinks and purples. So cute for that outfit..

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  5. Fabulous prints! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  6. Love the skirt and to have a matching tote is perfect!! Would love to win these - they are versatile and lovely :) Thanks for the chance!

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  7. Love the skirt, the bag, the headband...it's all adorable!! Thank you so much for the chance at a great giveaway!!

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  8. Adorable outfit! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. That is the cutest outfit. What fun!

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  10. love love love the skirt. art gallery fabrics are my all time favorite! thanks for the giveaway:)

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  11. So cute - I love it!
    Thanks for a great giveaway - I love Art Gallery fabrics!

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  12. She is and looks adorable! That is a great outfit - I love the skirt!

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  13. What an adorable coordinated outfit :) Any little girl would be so happy to get that!

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  14. So cute! I never had my own little girl to sew for, but I have had fun sewing for my niece. I did sew for my son when he was little, but there's just something special about making little girl clothes!

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  15. Wow! You got a lot out of that little bundle! I am so impressed! I love the look!

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  16. Beautiful fabric! The outfit looks adorable.

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  17. All very cute! The fabric is just perfect for a little girl, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. This is a cute outfit. Your daughter is adorable! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  19. Very sweet!!! Thanks for sharing and giving away some yummy fabric!!!

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  20. My 5 year old granddaughter would adore that skirt. Hope I get a chance to make it for her.

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  21. Lovely fabrics! And a lovely girl!

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  22. Love the fabrics and the great tutorials.

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  23. Gosh, I miss sewing for a little girl. Somehow, my boys don't have the same appreciation for yummy fabric and adorable outfits. I wouldn't mind having a grown up version of that skirt though. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. Cute things you made! Love the fabric.

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  25. Thank-you for sharing, cute fabric, cute skirt and accessories and cute daughter!!!!!

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  26. I love the colors! Thanks so much!

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  27. Yay, cute skirt! I miss little Miss C!!

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  28. Cute skirt, blouse, tote and headband. :) Purple never fails.

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  29. Nice job on all the cute things you've made for Miss C. She looks great. Pretty fabrics.

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  30. I have moments like that, think of making something then realise I'll never use it! Love the skirt though, your girl did well out of it!

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  31. oh, lovely! Please include me. Thanks so much!

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  32. Good job on the outfit. I love the fabric!

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  33. I love those patterns and colors. The skirt and bag you made for your daughter are so cute.

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  34. The skirt is so adorable. I love this fabric line. Beautiful. Thanks!

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  35. I love the fabric! Miss C looks adorable!

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  36. Very cool! How nice for you to post some tutes! And what a fun little photoshoot. sweet!

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  37. Such a cute outfit! Makes me almost wish I had a little girl. :)

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  38. I love the reversible headband, what a great idea! eatkin85@yahoo.com

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  39. My daughter would love that skirt too! Looks so pretty in that fabric.

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  40. Adorable!! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  41. Hi Kati and your sweet daughter! congratulations for the beautiful, new outfit and thank you for tutorial! Most beautiful fabrics with lovely colours - any girl's dream skirt! x Teje

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  42. Love the skirt! It turned out great. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  43. it turned out cute! My best friend is expected her first baby and if it's a little girl several skirts like this will be in her future :)

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  44. So cute! Love making little girl skirts!

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  45. She looks so pleased to be the recipient of your work! It's cute & she will remember your love for her when she wears it. Great job!

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  46. Beautiful fabric choices!!!! I love the outfit you made, it's gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  47. Beautiful skirt!! I have 3 granddaughters , so i could whip up one each fairly quickly!! thanks for the chance to win the beautiful fabric!
    Vicki B.

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  48. She is so cute in her new clothes. Art Gallery Poetica is the perfect choice for this.

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  49. Very sweet Kati! Miss C is too cute!!!

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  50. I have no idea what I'd make but would love to add to my stash!

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  51. Too cute! She wears Art Gallery well!

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  52. I that is a great little skirt and top, she looks very pretty in it. And the fabrics are lovely, thank you for the giveaway.

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  53. what a fun little outfit! Love all the accessories (and her curls!) :)
    I've been wanting to make Scarlet a little patchwork skirt -- thanks for the easy tutorial! :)

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  54. Great tutorials. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. What a gorgeous outfit for a very cute girl!! The fabrics are just divine!!

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  56. So creative. I love the skirt.

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  57. Pretty fabrics! I would love to win...

    Bwquilts at gmail dot com

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  58. I love it! You did so much with those fat quarters!

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  59. I don't know what's cuter, the projects or the model. Thanks for the give away.

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  60. That skirt is adorable and so is the model!

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  61. I just love Art Gallery fabrics, such beautiful colors and so soft. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  62. The skirt is amazing!! And I LOVE the head band - makes me want to try one of each!!

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  63. Such great fabrics! So pretty! What a fab outfit and accessories you made with it!!! Would love to win some myself. Thanks for the chance!

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  64. Wow Kati! That's a complete head to toe look! It's darling and so is your little Miss C :-)

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  65. So adorable! She's lucky to have such a crafty mama, for sure. ;)

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  66. wow, what great patterns you have sewn!

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  67. Cute skirt! I don't have a girl so I'll pass this over to my friends who do :)

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  68. So much cuteness in one post!! I love everything!

    Thanks for the chance to win - I love AGF :)

    rktunnell (at) gmail (dot) com

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  69. Love the whole outfit!!! Very cute!!! Very cute little girlie too!!!! The fabrics are very pretty!!!! Thanks

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  70. Such beautiful projects you made from these. Thanks for sharing!!

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  71. Wow! You sure made your bundle go a long way! Nice job!

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  72. The skirt you made is so darling. I could see my little girls never wanting to take off a skirt like that. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

    beaniekins84(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. very cute daughter, skirt, shirt, and fabrics!

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  74. What a cutie you have! Love the whole outfit too! :) thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. Nice skirt. I need to learn how to do elastic :)

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  76. Cute fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win. LOVE the headband cover. I never thought of just making a cover.

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  77. Art Gallery fabrics are great!

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  78. Adorable modeling by Miss C. Cute fabrics for her.

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  79. How precious! I love Art Gallery fabrics too! Great job on all your creations.

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  80. I can tell she is proud of her outfit. So sweet.

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  81. She looks so cute! You've been busy, that is a lot of pieces for her outfit. It turned out great.

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  82. super cool fabric bundle! I would love to get it and sew us some pillow cases or table runner. Would fit perfectly to our living room!

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  83. I love how you used every bit of fabric! And by the way, we're loving Miss C's and A's skirts/shirts passed on! No kidding you do great work.

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  84. What a cutie!! You are super talented. They are fantastic projects. The skirt might fit.. yeah my little finger. I like the purse though. :) Fab Fabric!

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  85. Such a cute girl, great outfit.

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  86. Your daughter is adorable and the ensemble looks great on her! Great work.

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  87. Absolutely wonderful projects! Thanks for the chance to win the lovely fabric, too!

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  88. Love Art Gallery. Thanks so much!

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  89. Great use of the fabrics. I love your designs!

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  90. You're so talented. I wish I sewed clothes like you. And totes. You give great instructions; they look easy to follow, which is a lot coming from me. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  91. Very nice! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  92. Love that fabric and the skirt! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  93. Miss C looks so cute in her new outfit. Thanks for sharing.

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  94. I'm always keeping an eye out for a cute skirt to make for any of my 5 grandnieces, and like this. Thanks for the chance to win some AGF too! Lovely fabric for a skirt.

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  95. This is so sweet! I might need a headband like that for myself... :)

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  96. I love the tunic and the skirt! Such a cute little outfit!

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  97. I love to sew something for my little one but always have to think "don't expect too much" concerning her reaction. I like the pictures of your little one wearing / using the sewn things.

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  98. What a cute outfit! Great tutorial for all pieces. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  99. Fabulous outfit! thank you for the beautiful giveaway.

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  100. I love the tote bag, if I win I might make one for my daughter.

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  101. I'm pregnant right now and love looking at the projects you make for your kids and dreaming about little projects in my future :)

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  102. What a cute little model you have there! The colours look great on her too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  103. Beautiful fabrics and thanks for the opportunity to win some.

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  104. I love the strippy skirt, and that you got a few matching things made from the bundle.Thanks for the chance tow in!

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  105. I have never been a purple girl...but its really starting to grow on me! thank you for the great tutorials and giveaway!

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  106. What a cute skirt! I'll have to make one for my daughter. It's a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

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  107. Your daughter looks so cute in her outfit! It's kind of sad that we can't dress like that as adults. Ok, I guess we can, it's just not the most practical.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  108. The skirt is adorable. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  109. Great idea with the headband. I will have to add that to the to do list.

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  110. beautiful fabric thanks for the giveaway

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  111. What a sweet dress! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  112. That's so cute! I have almost a yard of that dark purple print left myself...hmm wonder if I can pull off a skirt like that? ;)

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  113. Adorable projects and beautiful fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  114. That is such a cute little set! Love that skirt!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  115. Wow! So creative. Nice job. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  116. Wow, all that from just a few FQs? And your model is adorable! :)

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  117. What a cute ensemble, Kati! You are an incredible mom!

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  118. Miss C's ensemble is adorable. Must be because Poetica is such a pretty line. It would be a treat to win some. Thank you for the chance!

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  119. Those deep purples and pinks are my daughter's favorite colors - I'd love to make her a similar skirt!

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  120. That is such a gorgeous outfit & your model looks happy with the finished result. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  121. I love the reversible tote pattern. I have four little girls I've been wanting to make nags for. Thanks for the chance at winning the gorgeous fabric!

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  122. HI! LOVE THESE PROJECTS! SOMEONE ELSE THERE IS PRETTY PLEASED TOO,I'D SAY! THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  123. Obrigada por vários ensinamentos,adorei.Obrigada por facilitar a nossa vida.Beijos missC você está linda.

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  124. I'd love to enter please. the prints are lovely

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  125. Love the fabric and the outfit!!!

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  126. Beautiful fabrics! Made a super cute outfit!

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  127. Love the outfit you made, very cute!

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  128. Wow Kati, you went the extra mile to make the little bag and head band. I love them, they're so pretty making the outfit complete. Such a great idea, I just love these fabrics!

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  129. So cute- great pattern! Thanks for taking the time to put the tutorial together :)

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  130. Cute. Love the little headband :)

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  131. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 5 post on Aug. 14, 2012. Thanks again.

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  132. What a gorgeous outfit you designed for your daughter! Beautiful! Wish I could sew equally for myself like I did for my little one long ago....she's 24 now. But I never looked good in ruffles....LOL
    Thanks for a chance to win your giveaway, Beth in AL

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  133. I need to make my granddaughters some of those cute skirts

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  134. I love how such grown-up looking fabrics make such a cute little girls skirt! Your method sounds so easy - I'm going to have to try it.

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  135. She adorable and the clothes look perfect on her! I really just wanted to comment about that, so in the very slightest chance I actually win this giveaway, you can pass it on to someone else. You know how much sewing I get done. The fabrics are super cute though!

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  136. Gorgeous fabrics! LOVE the little tote :)
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  137. Art gallery has such beautiful colors in their fabrics. I love the skirt for a little girl. There is nothing like having a skirt no one else has.

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  138. Very cute skirt! And I love that headband!

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  139. I really like that little bag.
    you got a lot accomplished and stretched those fat quarters a long way!

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  140. You have been busy! Such a cute little set of fun things for a girl.

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  141. Gorgeous! Thanks for the chance.

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  142. Love that outfit, and those colors are so adorable!

    Good luck everyone!

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  143. Beautiful fabrics and I can't believe how much you made with them! Wow! Great giveaway!

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  144. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  145. Such lovely colors. I love pink too (and my daughter)...

    Annelin
    annelinaas@gmail.com

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  146. The poetica line is one of my favorites! Miss C certainly looks fashionable in her new outfit.

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  147. Wow! I am impressed with your creativity! I love the outfit and the accessories. I can see why you did not have to bribe Miss C. :) Beautiful fabrics too.

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  148. You picked out the cutest fabric. AND I LOVE what you made with it. I can't believe you made all of that with 7 FQ (not including the shirt)!! So cute!

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  149. Art Gallery fabrics are so lucious. I would love to be the new owner of these!!

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  150. Clever use of fat quarters to make so many projects.

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  151. Beautiful fabric! It would be fun to make something with them!!

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  152. Such a cute skirt and top! That is one lucky little lady!

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  153. The outfit is adorable and so is Miss C!! Thanks to Art Gallery because now I have a new blog to check out. ♥

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  154. Thanks for the sweet tutorial. These fabrics are lovely! I love the feel of Art Gallery fabrics, too.

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  155. That is such a cute looking skirt!

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  156. You are super talented! And love the fabric too!

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  157. What a cute outfit for your daughter! Thanks for the chance to win such gorgeous fabrics - I'd make beautiful things for my little girl :)

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  158. I love the skirt, and I LOVE her smile! She loves it too!

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  159. Cute ideas and such a cute little curly-haired model!

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  160. I love the skirt. maybe my granddaughter will see one soon.

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  161. Such a sweet outfit :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  162. What a cutie! Would love to win, thanks for the chance.
    heatherpmg at gmail dot com

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  163. love Art Gallery fabric. Would love to win some.

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  164. So in love with these clothes and a little granddaughter at just 2 yrs old now. Lots of sewing in my future following your inspirations!

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  165. What a great skirt tutorial--wonder if I could upsize for me? My little lass has way more lovely handmade skirts than me and this looks like something I could easily love... Hmmm...

    Thanks for the great giveaway too!

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  166. Super cute prints for a super cute girl.

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  167. Such cute fabric, I would love to make this for my little girl!!!

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  168. I have some AGF waiting for me to make myself a skirt. I LOVE AGF!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  169. I love the mix of prints. Especially the grey print. Thanks for the giveaway.

    jessica.breidinger@yahoo.com

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  170. Everything is SO pretty! I'm new to sewing, but your blog will help me tremendously! Thanks for the tutorials and the giveaway!
    bethfouche at hotmail dot com

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  171. Soo cute! Thanks for the tutes, too. I love this line but couldn't really fit it in my budget to buy any :( so I'm crossing my fingers! :)

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  172. My grandaughter love pink and purple! She would love the twirly skirt too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  173. What great fabrics! I love art gallery, just my style!

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  174. I see these prints in a throw-size disappearing nine-patch!! I really see it!!

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  175. Oh, I love art gallery fabrics. You did a great job on your daughters matching outfit.
    Great giveaway too

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  176. That skirt is positively divine! Totally a little girl's dream outfit.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  177. This skirt is just too lovely :)
    Susanne

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  178. Such a clever skirt! I love it and I love Art Gallery... thanks for the chance because those colours are perfect!

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  179. Thanks for these projects. Love little bag. :-))

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  180. great ideas!the skirt is amazing!thanks for a chance:)

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  181. Thanks for sharing your new creations with us. Reminds me that I should be sewing a few new outfits for my girls for school. Love the fabrics!

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  182. These are wonderful fabrics. I love the skirt too.

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  183. You made that fabric bundle go pretty far. Love the outfit and the accessories. I think my Nieces would like some headband covers.

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  184. beautiful fabrics and they made such a cute outfit for your daughter, too!

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  185. Lovely fabric and such a cute reversible bag!!

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