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Ahhhh look at these two little monkeys, these are my beloved little angels. They don’t technically belong to me but my good friends Matt (author of beautiful blog athousandfragments) and Charlotte. They are awfully useful for cuddling, crafting with and testing out projects on. Here they are modelling two skirts I made using fabrics from Dashwood Studio.

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As you can see Dashwood studio are a UK-based textile design company. They launched earlier this year and very kindly sent me some fabrics to play around with.  I love the patterns in the Petite Street range. It has a cool colour combo and some great geometric shapes going on.

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Petite street: click to buy

I chose three fabrics from this range to make these two Ra-Ra skirts for my little rascals. I made them remotely (I’m based in London and the girls are down in the West Country) so the sizing might not be perfect (but, hey, they can grow into them). I love the way the fabrics go together and the skirts look cute and cool at the same time. The fabric is really good quality and a joy to work with.

Here’s a tutorial on how to make the skirts:

As every little girl is a different shape and size I haven’t really given any measurements here. Basically I used the full width of the fabric and guessed the rest! (the joy of an elastic waistband is not having to be particular about waist sizes as you just take in or let out the elastic as you see fit) What I do know is that the waistband (which gets folded in half) and lower ruffle are the same depth as each other and the top ruffle is 25% smaller than them. If I had had the girls with me when I was making the skirts I would have measured from their waist to the top of their knee then divided that measurement by three. The bottom ruffle and waistband would have been 2/3rds of that measurement and the top ruffle would be 25% smaller. (I’m not sure I’m supposed to mix 3rds and %’s!)

So If the measurement was 12cm*, the waist band and bottom ruffle would be 8cm each and the top ruffle would be 6. I imagine there’s some amazing algebraic equation I could do for this but quite frankly I don’t do math. Sorry.

Ra Ra Skirt instructions-1

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Ra Ra Skirt instructions-2

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Thanks to Dashwood studio for supplying the fabric and thanks to T & B for the excellent modelling.


*if the measurement was 12cm they would be a very small person

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