One of my sisters got a job on a cruise in the new year. She's fronting the house jazz band. Yeah. Whoa. Anyway, there's a dress code for when she's not working and so for Christmas I'm going to make her some 'pull-on' skirts. The kind with a very skinny elastic waist that you wear like pajama bottoms-- with very little thought. Stephanie gave me some good advice about using bias tape or twill tape for the waste band to save that little extra fold and the subsequent bulge. Coupled with some 1/4 elastic and Hello, We have a Skirt. Or two as the case may be.
Wanna make your own? Better: Wanna buy your own? I bought a similar skirt from Cathy of Bossa Nova Baby in the Spring and I wear it all the time. Another part-time Portland girl and all round good-time-friend Susan Beal sells really great a-line skirt kits online and in real life type stores (like Bolt for all you local yokels). Give the gift of craft self-sufficiency, People.
I cannot underestimate the value of freezer paper stenciling in my life. As the oldest of many many girl children, I can tell you straight off that I have risen in the "too hip to be square" charts dramatically since giving the gift of unique tshirts. I stock up in the Target sale racks-- different sizes and colours as low as I can get them. Really. Good. Hannah's flickr group has loads of good ideas.
And finally, I cannot stop eating Umpqua peppermint candy ice cream. CANNOT STOP. Like last night at 11:30. Or today for lunch. Mmmmm. By some miracle of science the candies stay soft and gummy and the whole bowl is a sort of unearthly pink.