Friday, August 10, 2012

Elmo- Monkey Girl skirt

I am so excited about my friend Sivje Parish making her Sew Beautiful Magazine debut! She worked with me on an article called "Skirting Around"  You may know her through her blog Goose Girl Sews.

This is the cover of Sew Beautiful Issue #144. It should be in your mailbox in the next couple of weeks.

One of the skirts  Sivje made for this article is from her "Monkey Girl" Skirt epattern

After we had finished the article for Sew Beautiful, I wanted to make one of these skirts for my granddaughter.   She is now about 18 months and loves Elmo!

 I found a Sesame Street fat quarter bundle on line at the Fat Quarter Shop.  The pattern calls for just 4 coordinating fat quarters so I had more than enough.

Here is my Elmo version of Sivje's "Monkey Girl" skirt.  I made a size 2 and used Buttonhole Elastic in the waist and added a growth tuck at the hem line so that the bottom band looks like floating hem.

This is my favorite part of the skirt...bloomers!

Of course being the ever indulgent grandmother that I am, her Bitty Baby had to have a matching skirt.  I reduced the 6 month pattern on my scanner until I had the right hip measurement for the bloomers. The t shirt was just something I put together using an old red t shirt of my daughter's

Her Elmo skirt is well loved and better yet it gets worn!

Congratulations Sivje!


  1. Oh Janet! Thank you! And your sweet cheeks looks so darling in her bloomer skirt! And I love Bitty Baby's skirt too. Thank you so much for everything.

  2. She sure does love it! She often picks it out after emptying the drawer! Very cute and will last much longer than most toddler wear!

  3. I finished my first Monkey Skirt last night. What fun! I'm finishing up the matching top today, and then I'll email Sivje pictures. I can already see other fabrics from my stash made into more skirts. My daughter likes to dress her little one in "girly" outfits, but Kira, who is just a year old, already has her own ideas of what's comfortable and what's not. This skirt might just be the perfect addition to her wardrobe. "Girly" enough for Mom, but able to take the activity of a rough and tumble little one.
    I'm having a difficult time getting my Wordpress credentials recognized so I'm going to use my dog's gmail account account to publish. lol "Eleanor" is a golden doodle, who likes to sleep at my feet while I sew. This has been made easier since I bought a new sewing machine that doesn't need a foot controller.

  4. I really like the idea of the blooomers sewn into the skirt. Makes them very versatile and easy to wear. I have to admit, i do love Elmo too!