needle & thREAD (and Giveaway Winner)

It all began with this skirt. Karoline loves this skirt. It's a Hanna Andersson, circa 2002. Mary Beth wore it for years (the beauty of a tiered denim skirt with elastic waist), then Katie wore it. Now, it's Karoline's. 


But Sarah wanted it. She really, really wanted it. She said she liked long skirts. She pulled it on. It fell to the floor around her ankles. I tried to explain that the skirt was really old and there was no way to get one in her size. Then, I remembered that Mike had put this shirt in the giveaway pile.


Please excuse the poor picture. It was a denim shirt given to Mike by a cable network back in his freelance days. Since he no longer works for that network, he really can't wear a shirt with its logo. The shirt was still in great shape, but the logo earned it giveaway status.

I knew I had several spools of jumbo ric-rac stashed in the sewing room.

I told Sarah I had an idea. She was kind of horrified to see me take scissors to Daddy's shirt.


But a few hours later, she had this new skirt to wear. I tried to pesuade her to wear a different shirt, but she has a signature style and this is it.

And it passed the twirl test!


Two twirling girls in ric-rac skirts! I so love ric-rac. And denim. And happy girlies. (Don't look too closely; there are still some basting threads in Sarah's skirt. She was rather eager to wear it.)


No picture of my book this week. I'm reading a PDF advance copy of Vinny Flynn's new book. It's a good read; I'm sure I'll share it with you more completely later.


The winner of Joanna Figueroa's With Fabric and Thread is Leah, who said:

I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Prayers for a speedy recovery. Definitely a good idea to wait until you're feeling better to continue your project. I've messed up many projects in the past not heeding that advice. The buttons are so cheery; I'm sure the the girls will love them, and they complement the sundresses beautifully!

I've been following Needle & ThREAD since its beginning and have finally decided to join in. I'm not tech savvy, and I'm new to Flicker, so I hope I did everything right. Here's a link to my current project:

Leah, please email me your mailing address and I'll send it out to you lickety split.

Do be sure to pop over and check out her beautiful quilt topper. And remember, you don't have to blog to join us. Just upload your pictures to Flickr.

What about you? Sewing? Reading? A little of both? What's on your summer reading list? Do you have a summer sewing list?  Or are you embroidering? Pulling a needle with thread through lovely fabric to make life more beautiful somehow? Would you share with us just a single photo (or more) and a brief description of what you're up to? Will you tell us about what you're reading, also? Would you talk sewing and books with us? I'd love that so much.

Make sure the link you submit is to the URL of your blog post or your specific Flickr photo and not your main blog URL or Flickr Photostream. Please be sure and link to your current needle and thREAD post below in the comments, and not a needle and thREAD post from a previous week. If you don't have a blog, please post a photo to the needle & thREAD group at Flickr
       Include a link back to this post in your blog post or on your flickr photo page so that others who may want to join the needle and thREAD fun can find us! Feel free to grab a button here (in one of several colors) so that you can use the button to link:-).




  1. Aimee Landreneau says

    Your girls are precious!! The skirt is adorable. I’m totally impressed at how you taught yourself to sew such nice things in a relatively short period of time.

  2. says

    This is what I always dreamed of doing: making new clothes from slightly used clothes. I only got as far as long pants to shorts, long-sleeved shirts to short-sleeved shirts, and adding a flannel shirt inside a jacket to make it softer and warmer. But taking a shirt and making it into a little girl’s skirt is so very cool! And you didn’t just think about you; you just did it! :) And made one child very happy! Or two of them. :)

  3. says

    It looks great! I’m in such a slump. No sewing, very little reading. I’m going to follow a couple of your suggestions in yesterday’s post though and maybe my slump will be over!

  4. Judy says

    Inspired by your commitment to sewing projects, my fifteen year old daughter and I made a trip to the fabric store, and the sewing machine made its way to the ‘dining’ table for first time in almost a year, this week! (Apartment living doesn’t allow space for a whole lovely room – yours is beautiful!) With guidance she has almost completed an A-line skirt, complete with lining (an Amy Butler pattern). Her smile is growing!
    Reading – “Reflections on the Psalms” by C.S. Lewis.

  5. Monica says

    That skirt is RIDICULOUSLY cute! I have girls who love twirling skirts, too, which makes me think maybe I should do some upcycling of clothes, too.
    And let’s hear it for Hanna Andersson clothes that last through a whole bunch of kids!

  6. Kathy Tanner says

    Love the skirt with the jumbo rick-rack! Hannah’s are great – they last forever! I believe the striped shirt is a Hannah…. :-) You are endlessly creative!! <3

  7. Elizabeth says

    You girls are adorable and your sewing skills are awesome! You’re just cool:) I love that you did this. Someday, I’m just gonna have to do this for my girls (I keep telling my husband that this is why I save their old clothes that they wore and wore and wore… so that I could make something else with them!)

  8. Christine says

    I am a 27 year fan of Hannas, but I must say the skirt you made is cuter/bolder. Way to recycle, Elizabeth!
    I just finished A Good and Perfect Gift by Amy Julia Becker. I would recommend this pro-life story of the author’s personal transformation which came about through raising her daughter with Down’s Syndrome.
    Just for fun, because I am a children’s book junkie, I read Bookshelf by Alex Johnson, which is more eye candy than anything else. It is about creative ways to display books.

  9. says

    Beautiful skirt! I like the larger ric-rac. My kids grew up on hanna clothes, when the company first began. A friend of mine got one of their first catalogs with cloth samples attached, and got me hooked on it. Back then, most of the clothes were made in the USA. Now, sadly, most are made in China. I wish companies wouldn’t feel as if they needed to expand so much.
    You are lucky to have such sweet and pretty daughters! love,andrea

  10. says

    1 – Love the awesome giant rickrack! (I’ve always used the “k” spelling!)
    2 – Love using Daddy’s shirt as the fabric!
    3 – Haven’t sewn much, but I am reading a lot! Having a reading Hahn-a-Thahn — I’ve been rereading lots of Kimberly’s books. Kimberly is fond of telling us we have a choice to be content or be contentious. I can’t tell you how many times that thought has run through my head and helped me to shut my mouth and reset my brain! Def. recommend the whole Life Nurturing Love series!

  11. says

    wow, I’m incredibly impressed with that re-purposing – the finished skirt looks amazing!
    I’m also slightly boggling with how BIG Sarah Annie is now getting… and her hair seems to be darkening quite a bit too, or is that just the light?

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