Category Archives: summer of no pants 2011

Five Faves and Things to Note!

There have been so many beautiful skirts and dresses entered into the Summer of No Pants Flickr Pool. If you haven’t checked it out lately, you should pop on over and see them all. Here are five of my favorite entries from the first two weeks of the challenge:

mamaturtle made this dress from a pillowcase and a knit top. She blogged about this dress and wrote a tutorial on her blog, Casa Crafty. Also check out her Anthro copy maxi dress.

sewinluv made this McCall’s 1 hour dress and posted a review of the pattern on her blog Love. Laugh. Sew. Go check it out and see if it really took one hour ;)

 I love everything about this dress from simplybeu. She writes about it on her blog, The Pretty Pickle.

Horray for making your own fabric in addtion to making your own clothes! I love this modern, screenprinted skirt by nottheactress! Read about this project on her blog, excess.mental.energy.

Blue Dirt She writes about making this Simplicity maxi dress on her blog, Blue Dirt. She also made a really fun skirt refashioned from a men’s Hawaiian shirt.

This is just a handful of the skirts and dresses in the pool! It was hard for me to pick just five! By the way, you are NOT too late to jump in on the challenge. We are early in week 3 and there’s a whole other week after this one. You can still squeeze in one or two skirts. You know you’ve been thinking about doing it, so do it!

Also be sure to check out the blog posts that the SONP participants are posting. Many of them are putting up tutorials and/or writing reviews on the patterns that they used. There is so much inspiration to be found on these blogs! You can always access the SONP Link Party by visiting the SONP 2011 tab at the top of this blog.

If you haven’t heard, there is another fun bloggy skirt competition going on over at Crafterhours. If you are already participating in The Summer of No Pants, you should definitely check out Skirt Week 2011. Be aware that the competition is for skirts only, not dresses. But any skirts that you have made for yourself or for a child since July 1, 2010, are eligible for the competition. And there are lots of cool prizes. I’ll be entering some of my projects, and I’d love it if one (or more!) of the SONP participants won!

And finally, I’d like to ask you for a favor. I was recently nominated for Babble’s Top 50 Craft Mom Blogs and I could use some support. If you have 30 extra seconds to spare, I would appreciate it if you would pop over to the Nomination Page and “like” Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! Unfortunately, there’s no direct link, so you’ll have to hunt me out on the list. At last (obsessive) check I’m at #56 on page 2, or you can sort the nominees alphabetically. Thanks!

Are you up for the challenge? Sew four skirts or dresses in four weeks!
Join the Summer of No Pants Flickr Pool where you can share the skirts and dresses that you make between May 23-June 17, 2011.
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SONP No.3: White Knit Maxi (Refashion!)

I am super early with this week’s skirt because it only took me about 15 minutes to make! Huck’s last birthday party was Star Wars themed, and I had dressed up like Princess Leia:

So, since I had all that white material fashioned into a dress/costume that I never planned on wearing again, I decided to cut it off at the waist, and I attached it to a piece of wide elastic. And because it’s a t-shirt knit there was no hemming involved! It is just a little bit see-through, but a slip took care of that problem.

And I was able to throw it together in time for our 10th anniversary staycation on Catalina Island :)

Are you up for the challenge? Sew four skirts or dresses in four weeks!
Join the Summer of No Pants Flickr Pool where you can share the skirts and dresses that you make between May 23-June 17, 2011.
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A Question of Chaffing

We had a really great question pop up on the SONP Flickr discussion board last week. Sew and Sew Much More asked:

Ok, so I’m just going to put this out there. Please forgive me as I’m not trying to be rude at all. I just need tips/advice on skirt wearing. I’m a bigger gal (14/16) so my thighs tend to rub while wearing a skirt. Biker shorts work to help this problem but I end up feeling hotter and less feminine in them. Baby powder works for awhile but not forever. Does anyone else experience this kind of skirt wearing issue? If so what do you recommend?

I can totally relate! I have a “pear” shaped body, and no matter what my weight is, my thighs touch each other. And when it gets hot, that can be uncomfortable. So after rolling the idea around for a bit, I thought about bloomers! I really wanted to do a tutorial for you guys involving cutting up cotton leggings and sewing on elastic lace, but I could not get it to come out at all. So I turned to the pros! Here are some pretty underthings from Etsy. Enjoy!

Nut Brown Bloomers by CrowsCloth
Are you up for the challenge? Sew four skirts or dresses in four weeks!
Join the Summer of No Pants Flickr Pool where you can share the skirts and dresses that you make between May 23-June 17, 2011.
Special thanks to the sponsors of The Summer of No Pants 2011!

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Skirt No. 1: Patched Street Fair Skirt

Here is my first skirt, and I am so proud of it! Do you recognize the pattern? It’s the Street Fair Skirt from marie-madeline studio. The Long ladies were kind enough to send me my own pattern and fabric bundle, which was awesome because I can never win those dang blog giveaways! I had a really hard time deciding which fabrics to choose, so I picked a single fabric, the Darla Rose in Butter, and asked them to send me a surprise bundle based on it, and they sent me this beautiful collection.
The photo, by the way, was taken my little photographer, Huck! He did such a great job, and is the perfect height to take an artfully low-angled pic :)
Back to the skirt! I don’t know how many hours total it took me to put this thing together, but in the end it is the most well-constructed piece I have ever sewn. I usually am a slap-dash kinda sewist. I kind of put things together on the fly and mostly wing it and hope I end up with something halfway decent. This skirt does not mess around! There were facings and twill tape and an invisible zipper (I used Kay Whitt’s tutorial to help me out with that one since I don’t have/(can’t find in my crafting disaster zone) an invisible zipper foot). And OY! with the ironing! But in the end, this is such a professional looking piece that I can hardly believe I made it.

By the way, if you love this combo, lots of their fabrics, including the Darla collection, are on sale for 20-25% off over at marie-madeline. The sale ends today.

Milo (age almost-3) helped take a picture, too:

Are you up for the challenge? Sew four skirts or dresses in four weeks!
Join the Summer of No Pants Flickr Pool where you can share the skirts and dresses that you make between May 23-June 17, 2011.
Special thanks to the sponsors of The Summer of No Pants 2011!

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Giveaway Winners!

I got so busy sewing that I neglected to announce my last two giveaway winners!
Congrats to Connie, who won the Bib Apron from Hearts & Home
and to liza jane who won the Meghan Peasant Dress pattern from The Scientific Seamstress!

And those were the last of The Summer of No Pants giveaways! Don’t worry, I’m sure there will be more in the future.
But, one more time, here are those promo codes from my wonderful sponsors:
20% off Megan Nielsen store and Etsy w/code NOPANTS
15% off marie-madeline studio w/code SEWSKIRTS!
Free shipping from Stacey Winters w/code IHEARTSKIRTS
Free shipping from Hearts & Home store (no code necessary) or Etsy with the code NoPants
10% off Shabby Apple w/code hideousdreadfulstinky10off

I finished my first skirt today and will post all about it tomorrow! If you haven’t stopped by the SONP Flickr Pool this week, you should go check it out and see all of the cool skirts and dresses that have already been made! While you’re there, you should sign up for the challenge ;)

Are you up for the challenge? Sew four skirts or dresses in four weeks!
Join the Summer of No Pants Flickr Pool where you can share the skirts and dresses that you make between May 23-June 17, 2011.
Special thanks to the sponsors of The Summer of No Pants 2011!

Support Handmade
Miranda R. Mueller Original art for children and their rooms 
DIRT Cosmetics Made from earth

Giveaway Winners! Chamapgne Ruffle Cuff and Signed Copy of Sew Serendipity

I have two winners to announce today! am12pm won the lovely Champagne Ruffle Cuff from One Perfect Day.Gia has put together another pretty round-up for us on her blog. Check out Accessorizing Your Fabulously Feminine Wardrobe for some great finds to wear with your skirts and dresses. Our second winner is Kristy, who takes homeContinue Reading

Index of Posts for The Summer of No Pants 2011!

Woo-hoo! That’s it for the Inspiration portion of the Summer of No Pants! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of my guest bloggers for all of the hours spent putting together fantastic tutorials, scouring the Internet for inspirational round-ups, and reviewing patterns for my readers. And special thanks to the SONP sponsors forContinue Reading

Guest Round-up: Comfy Sews vs. Cozy Knits by Shannon of luvinthemommyhood and versus!

Today I am honored to have our very last guest for The Summer of No Pants be Shannon from luvinthemommyhood and versus. Since versus is all about sewing vs. knitting, I asked Shannon if she could give us a round-up of some of the best fabric and knit skirts out there. Here’s Shannon: 1. shiroshakarContinue Reading

Guest Tutorial: Breezy Braided Beach Skirt with Lissa of Lissa’s Fripperies!

My first guest this morning is Lissa from Lissa’s Fripperies. Lissa likes to make softies for her sons and brothers-in-law, although it is always a challenge to make a new robot or dinosaur. She also tries to sew each of her boys a couple of button down shirts every year. She grew up sewing withContinue Reading

Guest Review: Sara of Sew Sweetness Reviews The Meghan Dress by The Scientific Seamstress

My guest today is Sara from Sew Sweetness. Sara is one of those amazingly talented people who just seems to churn out beautifully crafted work with hardly any effort at all. Of course, we all know it takes a lot of work to get to that level, but she seriously is like SuperSewerWoman! I wasContinue Reading

I'm Marigold and I like to make stuff. Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! is a place where I share my love of DIY and working with my hands. You'll find projects for kids and adults that are quirky, fun, artful and functional.You can email me at marigoldhaske@gmail.com