Re-use those jeans!

Thank you all for your enthusiasm regarding the Emerson collection!  Emerson had one happy, happy, happy mommy when she came over to get her new things.  And she loved the jacket– she loved it!  So, as you requested, here are some instructions for making your own jean skirt… this is the absolutely cutest way to re-use those jeans that have holes in the knees!

Ruffled Jean Skirt

Step 1::  Find yourself some jeans– clean, of course– and press them if they are wrinkled.  Start cutting straight across the legs, right below the crotch line of the pants.  (We’ll even them up later!)  Make sure not to cut into the front pockets.

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Step 2::  Cut through the pants at the crotch line.  With your jeans flat on the counter, use a ruler to measure (starting at the front waistband) down to right above the crotch seam.  On these girl’s 5 Levi’s, the measurement was about 7-1/2".  Using this measurement (working from the front waistband), start cutting across your jeans to that point.  This will create the yoke of your skirt.

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Step 3::  Prepare the "ruffled" part of your skirt, but first determine the finished length.  Measure the length of your jean yoke and subtract 5/8" for the seam allowance.  Subtract that from the desired finished length.  Now, cut your ruffle that measurement plus 2-1/2" for your seam allowances and hem.

We like to make our ruffles at least 1.5 times the width of the yoke, if not more.  For this skirt, we slightly A-lined the ruffle… but the quickest and easiest way is to simply cut your fabric, using the measurement we just figured, from fold to selvage two times (one width for the front and one for the back, depending on how full your ruffle needs to be– you may need more widths).  Pin front and back with right sides together.  Stitch and finish seams.

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Step 4::  Press the top of your ruffle down 5/8".  Turn raw edge in to meet the crease and stitch.


Step 5::  Run gathering stitch around the entire top of your ruffle, starting at one of the side seams, with your presser foot running along the edge of the hem.  To do this, center your presser foot over a long piece of cotton crochet thread.  Stitch right over the crochet thread, being careful not to catch it in your stitches.  It should look like this when you’re done–

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Step 6::  Finish the bottom of jean yoke using a serge or zigzag stitch.  Mark yoke and ruffle in quarters.  With wrong side of ruffle to right side of yoke, pin together at markings (overlap the top of the ruffle and the bottom of the yoke 7/8" to 1"); pull up gathering stitches to fit and pin securely.

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Step 7::  Stitch ruffle to yoke from the front side.  Stitch again 1/4" inside first stitching.

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So the inside of your jean-skirt should look like this:


Step 8::  Hem the bottom of your skirt the same way we hemmed the top.  If you ended up adding too much in step 3, trim it off before hemming.  Now, you twirl girl!

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Oh, yes, embellish it too!



For this easy-peasy but adorable hankie-look, we simply folded a square of coordinating fabric into fourths, serged the two unfinished edges, and tacked it into the jeans pocket.  And anchored it on securely using a sweet vintage button.

Don’t limit yourself to a stand up ruffle either– this skirt would look adorable with tiers (like we did for Emerson) or pleats, too!  Please send us pictures of your creations here

jeans:  Levi’s

fabric:  Swell "Picnic" in cherry for Moda (skirt), and Swell vintage floral in blue raspberry (hankie)




The Emerson Collection~


Hello everyone!  Here are some pictures of one of our latest projects!  We designed a very special collection for our little friend Emerson, using one of our new fabric lines, Pop Garden by Heather Bailey (not yet on the site, but stay tuned…).  We started with the essential ruffle skirt, then added a sweet peasant dress, two revamped denim skirts, a swingy smock top, and two adorable corsages.  The jacket and little bag are surprises for Emerson’s mommy, Jessica, so don’t tell!  What do you think?

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We patched the yoke of this purchased denim jacket just like a brooke bag



Wholesale Pricing

patterns (minimum order of 3)
laraine shoulder bag….$5
ilsa handbag….$5
bianca handbag….$5
brooke shoulder bag & shopper….$5
chic sisters apron (full)….$4.50
pleated cottage apron (half)….$4.50
*(not yet available) frilly fandango apron (half)….$4.50
*(not yet available) gracie ruffle skirt (girls sizes 2/3 through 14/16)….unknown
chic sisters apron….$17
pleated cottage apron….$15
frilly fandango apron….$13
laraine shoulder bag….$25
ilsa handbag….$20
bianca handbag….$15
brooke shoulder bag….$20
brooke shopper….$30
gracie ruffle skirt, sizes 2/3 through 6/6X….$14
gracie ruffle skirt, sizes 7/8 through 10/12….$16
gracie ruffle skirt, size 14/16 (runs large)….$17
*frilly fandango apron pattern and gracie ruffle skirt pattern may be preordered now. 

Keepin’ Cool

Img_1366_2 When the tempature is soaring in the 90s and getting close to 100, trying to keep cool is a big part of life over here in southwest Missouri. And if you can’t go swimming this is one of those great ways to stay refreshed…

Strawberry Lemonade Slush

1 pkg (10 ounces) frozen, sweetened sliced strawberries- thawed

3/4 cup pink lemonade concentrate

3/4 cup water

3/4 cup ice cubes (we basically just put a big handful in)

1 cup club soda (optional- we prefer ours without any soda)

In blender, combine strawberries, lemonade concentrate, water, and ice cubes. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into freezer container. Cover and freeze for at least up to 12 hours or up to 3 months (it doesn’t even last a week at our house!). We like to eat ours right out of the freezer. If you want to add club soda, let stand for a hour before stirring in club soda. Makes 4 servings.

Enjoy and try to keep cool!