The Boot Slappin’ Denim Flappin’ Girl Scout Father Daughter Hoedown Skirt

 

Facts:

Fabric: Denim remnant from the Needle Shop

Pattern: The Meringue Skirt from the Colette Sewing Handbook

Year: 2011

Notions: zipper, hook and eye

Time to complete: 3 hours?

First worn: during a college reunion on April 14

Wear again: Yes!

Total Price: $15

Please, my friends, do not judge me based on my ridiculously AWFUL fashion sense.  It was 1993, after all, and I was really into denim.  Denim vests especially, since I also wore this vest in some school pictures.  I think my Mom knew there would be some good laughs down the line and that is why she let me leave the house like this.

This picture was taken prior to the Girl Scout Father-Daughter Hoedown.  Since my sister and I were both girl scouts, we had to share my Dad.  Apparently, I thought this was great fun since I am the only one smiling in this picture.  This is the ONLY picture I am smiling in – the rest of the pictures show me crying, which means I got in trouble for something.  I hope it was because I spoke up and said I hated my bowl haircut.  Or that I never wanted to wear a mock turtleneck again.  It was most likely because I bit my sister since we did not get along very well.

I decided to revisit this happy, denim-filled moment with my Meringue skirt.  Since Me Made May is right around the corner, I knew I needed to fill the wardrobe gap and put some practical bottoms in my closet.

This pattern was a complete breeze!  I couldn’t believe how quickly it went together and the scallop hem was not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.  I followed all of the directions in the handbook and came out with a fantastic wardrobe staple.

Watermelon Crawl, anyone?

Have a great day, my friends!

Author

Meg the Grand

Megan Grandstaff was thrown into the sewing world in 2005. Ever since that fateful day, she has been eager to increase her skills and reduce her (quite large) fabric stash.

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  1. Heh I love your posts! I have to say… you recreation is much better than the original. :) There was soo much denim. hehehe

    I really like the blouse you paired with your skirt. (Did you make that?)

  2. “Girl Scout Father-Daughter Hoedown”? Yowsa! but a great skirt, regardless! I just the Colette Sewing Handbook and can’t wait to try it!

  3. Ohhh…there is picture in a box somewhere of me with my daughter at a similar kind of girl scout event… I admire your bravery for sharing your before pic with us : ) Your re-make is VERY cute and infinitely wearable, good job!!

  4. Hey Meg, the skirt came out fantastic and the scalloped edge, beautiful. Looks great with the top. I need to do more separates, that skirt can go with a lot of different tops. Smart fabric choice.

  5. I’ve made that skirt too. It turns out very nicely doesn’t it? Great look pairing it with boots and a checked ruffly blouse. I can hear that boot scootin’ music when I look at your pics! Nice job, Meg.

  6. What a title for a post! Love the final denim skirt, and may it see a whole lot of dancing!

  7. I did have a lot of vests back in the early ’90s too, but no denim ones, so at least I’ve got that on you!! ;) (but I did have one that my roommate / best friend make for me from purple tweed…..moving on….)

    The combo of the top and skirt works well without being too cowgirl. I’ve seen some meringue skirts around the internets that are kind of shapeless; I think yours looks perfectly fitted and just the right length.

  8. Oh yes. The denim. I remember it well. You’ve made a wonderful grown-up and stylish version though! Looks fantastic paired with that top too!

  9. FANTASTIC Meg!!The perfect Meringue. Love your grown up version. Perfecto!

  10. Oh yes, the 90s denim… ::shudder:: This is a much better way to wear it! Love the scallops!

  11. I have no idea what a watermelon crawl is but I LOVE your meringue!

  12. I do like a denim meringue. ‘Practical bottoms’ and your need for them makes me giggle though. That’s a lovely checked blouse too.

  13. I love everything about your 2012 outfit! Way to redeem the 1993 ensemble. You’re brave to post that photo. I hope your sister forgives you (for the photo not the biting back in the day).