7.17.2008

Horse obsession - On a budget

My daughter has been going through the obligatory phase that it seems every little girl cycles through: horse obsession. 

With all of the products that are currently vying for her attention, many of which we will never allow her to own, horses are something that I am willing to indulge her in a little bit (as long as its not these horses).

So, when the Lands End Kids catalog arrived in the mail the other day, and she flipped through and saw these: 



I wanted to be able to get them for her; even if there were other options that better suited my taste, it felt good to approve of something that she loved (as opposed to a High School Musical shirt with Zac Efron splashed across the front - she's 5!). 

While the skirts were more expensive than I would typically pay, I had decided that we would probably buy one outfit as part of her back to school wardrobe. 

Imagine my excitement when browsing Hancock fabric the other day, and I came across their new fall arrivals: chocolate brown corduroy with horses! 


For 1/4 of the price of the Lands End skirt, I was able to get more than enough fabric to make her one myself. She is thrilled, and I am excited to get started sewing again!   

14 comments:

kimsilver said...

I have to tell you....I clicked on the link to the "horses" you said your daughter couldn't get, and when I saw them I actually laughed out loud!! Oh, my word! Those are terrible!
I don't have a daughter, (I have three boys), but I know if I did, I'd be encouraging the horse thing, too. There are so many worse things to be into.....like those Bratz dolls for instance. Ugh.
I wish I could sew....the brown skirt should be adorable.

michelle said...

Oh, I love when that happens! Be sure and show us the finished product!

Org Junkie said...

My daughter is a horse NUT too, very cute!

Shannon said...

Just like kimsilver, I was Shocked by your link. I have a boy and am apparently clueless!

Congrats on the great fabric...sure wish I could sew!

Tanna Clark said...

What a great find! Oh, thats right girls care about what they wear! My daughter is not there yet but another thing have to look forward too. I could throw anything on the boys and they could care less.

Jennifer said...

My daughter and I were in Hancock's the other day and saw this fabric and I even mentioned to her that there ought to be *something* I could make out of that. (Yes, I find the fabric first and make up a project to go with it instead of vice versa. It's an illness.) It's adorable and I'm sure your daughter is going to love it!

Tanya said...

Thanks for the tip. I've got to go check out my local Hancock Fabrics. I have long admired those Lands End skirts (they had similar ones last year.)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the horse fabric - perfect for a little girl!

We were pleased with how our clipboards turned out. The square clipboards came from Spotlight (Aussie version of Hobby Lobby) and were Bella Dia brand (not sure if that is international?) in the scrap booking section. They were made of thick cardboard and have a magnet on the back. They would be perfect to put on the fridge. You are right - decoupage is seriously addictive!

Threeundertwo said...

Can't believe those horses on that link! Ack! That must be what those Bratz dolls ride

Piper said...

Very cute fabric! I think a trip to Hancock's will be in store for me today!

Cassie said...

I'm so glad you were able to make her the skirt! I know what you mean about the stuff that is marketed to our children. Thanks for sharing your find.

aimee said...

careful, the horse obsession has lasted five years around my house. and it's still going. my middle child has passed it down to my youngest. it all started with "spirit". remember that movie? well we still watch it often. one year we even rented a pony for her b-day. the lady was really nice and put "spirit" on the horse's bum so that my kid would think it was his cousin.every year one of them ask for a horse for christmas or their b-day!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Very cute fabric! I bought a horse print fabric at Walmart for about $4/yd recently. It's more of an upholstery weight fabric but that might work well for a little girl who is running and playing on a playground.

Holly said...

Good choice Mom! I too clicked on the horrible "Struts" link... great... ANOTHER thing to add to the list of "If MiMi buys you this, I will THROW IT AWAY". A horse outline would be a great thing for free-motion embroidery... Did you see the Martha Stewart sewing show? Very cute stuff, and a great way to embelish plain little t's.