“Gymbo” Skirt

What mommy doesn’t stop at Gymboree on a lazy mall visit to let the kids watch the tv and to browse those oh-so-cute-but-oh-SO-expensive baby clothes? Not me. I stop every time. And on one such trip I fell in love with this skirt:

But I was not in love with the price tag. $28? I think not. But I couldn’t get it out of my head. The below-the-knee length, the small-scale floral print. The feminine, gathered tiers. I officially began adoring this skirt. So I decided to go for it. Well, not to buy it. To make it.

I found some fabric with a similar small-scale floral at Joann’s for about $3 for a yard and a half. I made each tier about 4″ tall and 1.2 times the size of my daughter’s waistline or the previous tier (the original skirt isn’t gathered as much as your typical tiered skirt, where I would multiply the tiers’ width by 1.5), accounted for seam allowances, and knocked this out in a couple of hours:

What? You don't try things on your kids while they're sleeping?


Standing, but still asleep.


Not bad for $3. Maybe $4 if you account for thread and elastic. And my daughter picked it to wear for her 5th birthday party. There is no greater honor in the 5-year-old world.

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