a party skirt for my daughter

August 4, 2011  in diy craft projects, homemade

silk skirt

I made this little party skirt one Sunday as a gift for my four year old daughter from bits and bobs I had in my craft cupboards.

It is made from some beautiful oyster silk fabric by Bennison that I had left over from a photo shoot and had been wondering what to do with. As it’s silk it is really for special occasions only. She looks so sweet wearing it – it is VERY girly, which she naturally loves!

It is very simple to make and only took a couple of hours to complete. You can use any fashion or thin furnishing fabric for a skirt like this.  I usually use a ribbon for the waistband, but for this skirt I used elastic and then added a ribbon bow and button as a detail.  I already had both of these in my haberdashery stash.

silk skirt

This skirt is a variation of the Child’s Ribboned Skirt project in The Homemade Home. There are illustrated step-by-step instructions in the book if it inspires you to have a go. The photo below is from the book and is by the talented Penny Wincer who shot all the lovely photos. (© Cico Books)


And when my daughter out grows it, we can hang it up and display it in her bedroom. Who knows, maybe she will keep it for the future and hand it down to another generation to enjoy.

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  1. elisa says:

    my girls would swoon over them! for years generous grandparents would gift such beautiful dresses, i never had need to sew a party dress – but i may have to do it now. so fun. x

  2. Jo says:

    I imagine your daughter looks really sweet in these. They’re lovely and gorgeous fabrics ! Great idea thank you so much.

  3. Audrey says:

    This is a very beautiful skirt, and the fabric is so lovely!!

  4. . You’ll find it’s a very nice tool that can bring you a lot more visitors. Keep up the quality posts!

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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