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The Do-Si-Do Skirt

A couple weeks ago, I came across the most random, but wonderful find at a yard sale.
Square dancing skirts.
Yep. I know it’s completely crazy, but when I saw the mounds of gorgeous fabric, I just had to have them. So, I paid a total of $5 for four beautiful square dancing skirts in burgundy, peach, light blue and navy.

I decided to make skirts for Miss Magoo from them. She loves anything frilly, and adores dressing up. When I showed them to her and asked if she wanted me to make her a skirt out of one, her face lit up like it was Christmas!

It was actually very simple. I cut down the seam of a skirt. Then I measured Miss Magoo’s waist. I then laid out the skirt, measured to the width of Miss Magoo, and cut a straight line down through the square dancing skirt. Then I sewed it up, and fitted it with new, shortened elastic.
I also decided to make some shorts to sew in to the skirt, since the fabric is somewhat sheer. For the shorts, I used a seam ripper and took apart a pair of shorts that fit Miss Magoo, but that I don’t particularly like. I used those as a pattern, and cut a pair of shorts out of the rest of the shirt I used for my No-Sew Headband. The fabric didn’t match exactly, but since the shorts are under the skirt, you can’t even see them most of the time (until Miss Magoo gets wild). The coloring in the picture makes them look like they are very different colors, but they aren’t that different.

Miss Magoo loves her new skirt!

I can’t wait to make a couple more out of the other colors. I’m thinking about trying to make one into a dress, instead, but it will require a liner and layering, since it’s a bit short for a dress. But I’ll share the other ones as soon as they’re done!
Do any of you square dance? Or how about refashioning clothing?

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Tuesday 4th of October 2022

Brought back fun memories of us as kids going down to the park to watch the square dancing and all the great swirling skirts and dos e do twirling…have that memory tucked away 70 some years later…thank you so much for sharing your treasures

Jamie H

Sunday 9th of October 2022

@Annie, Watching square dancing is really a great experience! I wish we had more of those community gatherings these days!

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Saturday 5th of October 2013

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Jamie H

Thursday 29th of August 2013

Ginger, she has had a wonderful time dressing up in her skirt and twirling around and around! Thanks for the invite to your link party- I just linked up!

Ginger Bergemann

Thursday 29th of August 2013

What a cute idea! Your little girl looks like she is just having a blast.

If you're interested, I'd love if you shared this with my Show & Tell party going on this week.

Jamie H

Friday 28th of June 2013

Thanks so much for the kind words! Yard sales are SO much fun for me (and my kids), and getting to see my sweet little girl's face light up is worth the effort of making her something.