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Sewing Clothes Kids Love: Insa Skirt

I know I've mentioned before how much I love Sewing Clothes Kids Love: Sewing Patterns and Instructions for Boys' and Girls' Outfits. The Amazon reviews are quite amazing for a sewing book and I tend to agree with the glowing reviews. The patterns are have enough details and character to make them really stand out. I've posted a couple of the things I've made from the book. You might remember the Brooklyn Tank Top and Dortje Trousers. Each item I've made from this book has quickly become a favorite for it's owner. 

And this is the Insa Skirt

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It's a double layered, elastic waist skirt with many suggested variations. I chose to do this one up "fancy" for my little fancy girl. The extra details take time but I think they really make the skirt special in a six year old's eyes.

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The top layer has elastic to help create a fuller "pick up" look.

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I think I'll make my elastic a bit longer next time so the gathering isn't quite as dramatic. Especially in light of how heavy that layer of fabric happens to be.

Pattern: Found in Sewing Clothes Kids Love: Sewing Patterns and Instructions for Boys' and Girls' Outfits

Fabric: Bottom layer and top band are gingham from JoAnn Fabric. The top skirt layer is a bottom weight from JoAnn.

You might remember the skirt from our lemon picking day. We juiced all those lemons by the way. Wow that took forever. A special thanks to my husband who did most of the work!

She proved that day that even though the skirt is fancy it is still great to play in!

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The skirt is paired with the Brooklyn Tank.

Pattern troubles: I found the top layer of the skirt ended up being bigger than the bottom layer when I sewed them together. I'm not sure if that is because of me or a pattern issue. I made the skirt intentionally long for growth but it ended up being fairly narrow through the hips. Next time I'll make it a bit wider at the top.

Overall pattern rating?

5 stars

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  1. Karen says

    Super cute! I have that book and LOVE it! I’ve been wanting to try the Insa–I thought I recognized it from your post about the lemon tree. Thanks for the review and pics of the adorable skirt!

  2. says

    This skirt is absolutely adorable. It is definitely Naomi. I love the combination of colors you did. You are an awesome designer of children’s clothing

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