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    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

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Category Archives: skirts

shirred skirt revisited

I wanted to try out the shirred skirt using Anna Marie Horner’s with elastic instead of elastic thread.  I love my shirred skirts, but a decent tug from Ellie does send them shooting down to my ankles.  I used just two pieces of elastic instead of three for two reasons:  (1) I’m lazy and (2) […]

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5 minute skirt (with pattern notes)

I bought this red fabric about 100 years ago to make the ‘5 minute skirt’ tutorial from Angry Chicken. It’s a bias cut a line skirt with a fold over elastic waistband and rolled hem.  I finally made the skirt this weekend.  I’m just plowing through old projects! It’s okay.  It’s certainly fast, and I […]

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skirts

I finished this swiss dot skirt a month or so ago, but haven’t had a good chance to take pictures.  I’ve even worn it but forgot to have Nic take some pics.  My plan was to have him bust out a few pictures today of these two skirts in use, but it snowed this morning […]

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disneyland minnie mouse twirly girl skirt

In addition to working on the stroller cover (yes I’m insane and yes I’m super lucky that my children play together so nicely as to entertain themselves for hours) I made Ellie’s Disneyland skirt this morning.  I made up the pattern as I went along and am very happy with it.  In the future I […]

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wrap skirt revisited

I made a shortened version of the yard sale wrap skirt from Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing this weekend.  I love it!  This Nicey Jane print is one of my favorite fabrics ever, so adding it to a twirly skirt is a little magical.  I can’t wait to bust it out in Disneyland!  (I do need […]

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