Kangaroo Pocket Skirt

Using It’s Always Autumn Sweats to Skirt Refashion tutorial as my inspiration, my first refashion/upcycling project is complete.

Yesterday a long sleeve knit polo. Today the sleeves are a kangaroo pocket skirt. Kangaroo pocket lined with super soft minky-like Frozen fabric. #sewingforkids #kidsclothesweek #kcw #upcycling #imadeit

We started off with a very old long sleeve knit polo that belonged to Mr. Byte that had recently landed in the donate pile. I snagged it thinking the soft knit would be perfect for leggings for Little Bit. I managed to cut all the pattern pieces out of the sleeves so I still have the body of the shirt to use for another project — thinking Monkey bar shorts for when it gets warmer.

Since I wasn’t taking an existing pair of sweatpants to make this skirt out of, I pulled out the skirt pattern from the Go To Leggings Pattern and the Kangaroo pocket from the swim coverup in Sewing MODKID Style. Following the directions for the skirt and pocket, this came together pretty quickly.

The MODKID instructions call for lining the kangaroo pocket, so I had just enough of this super soft mink/minky-like Frozen fabric (left over from another project that is cut but not sewn) for the lining of the pocket. And how fun to be carrying Anna and Elsa around in your pocket.

Pattern Details

  • JCrew longsleeve knit polo
  • Frozen minky-like fleece from JoAnns (left over scrap)
  • 1″ Wide Elastic
Made a size 5 Go To Leggings Skirt with Size 4 elastic. Kangaroo pocket is the 2T-4T size from the swim coverup in Sewing MODKID Style. Patterns sewn as instructed for both.

Rachel Dress – Bundle Up

MODKID Rachel Dress by Analog Bytes

One of the patterns I bought for the recent bundle up promotion was the Rachel Dress by MODKID. This is a knit pattern with a drop waist and a ruffled asymmetrical hem.

For the first item to made from the bundle up patters, I chose this one since I had fabrics in my stash that I thought would work and I need practice with knits and the serger. I’ve sewn knits before with just a regular needle and thread, but this was my first time using a double needle, wooly nylon, and a serger for knits and boy do I need a lot of practice.

I’ve learned quite a few things working on this dress:

  1. a double needle is my new favorite thing and is absolutely worth taking the time to change the needle for
  2. speaking of needles, they’re not nearly as scary to change as I thought (yes, my sewing machine is a year and a half old and this is the first time I’ve changed a needle)
  3. screwing up on a serger is a lot harder to recover from
  4. a serger will let you continue sewing with the foot up
  5. there is a point where you have to scrap a project and either give up or start over — I didn’t quite reach that point, but there were a couple of points I questioned whether or not I should continue.
  6. I’ll update the post with more pictures once my model is awake.

    Pattern Details

    ModKid Rachel
    • Lavender knit with Dots from clearance table at local fabric store (from stash)
    • Charcoal Gray knit from clearance table at local fabric store (from stash)
    • Silver Gray stretch lace from Etsy (purchased for something else)