As soon as I found the fabric, I knew the project was going to be a success. The fabric cost me $1.99 per yard - and it's a 2003 Robert Kaufmann fabric, 100% cotton. So, an older fabric, but still very contemporary, I find. I got it from a sewing supply store near Queens St W & Spadina (the very first on the SW corner).
The skirts below are in size 2-3, made for my older daughter. Note that for a toddler skirt you need between 1/2 and 1 yard, so roughly each skirt cost about $1 to make.
And the next ones are size 1, made for my younger daughter:
The brown skirt above is entirely recycled. I made it from a really soft corduroy that came from my husband's old Ralph Lauren shirt, and an additional fabric leftover. I love its peasant look!
If interested in trying this yourself, and you have basic sewing skills, check out the following sites. These great online tutorials have step-by-step instructions:
Now compare with baby GAP:
Contrast tiered dress, $38:
Ombre layered ruffle skirt, $22-30:
Would you rather save (DIY) or splurge (buy)? Decide yourself.