Turns out, I can't buy skirts anymore that are long enough for my tall girl. They hit her at mid-thigh, which I consider a mini-skirt. Is this the gateway to tween fashion, perhaps?
So I have made her a new school skirt. It's fine-wale stretch corduroy from JoAnn's (bought with a 40% off coupon, of course).
Even with the stretch, I still had to add a little elastic to the back waistband. Little girls do not have hips for the skirt to rest on, so they need elastic or suspenders. Or surrender to the jumper.
She wears a little pair of knit shorts under the skirt. I asked her if I should use matching yellow thread or another color to sew them. She thought hot pink would be pretty, and now she calls them her pink lemonade shorts. I put a little hot pink heart in the back waistband as a "tag" so she knows which way to put them on. This is my favorite detail of making clothes for my kids!
I'm planning to make her a skort next, because it's so handy for her to slip on one piece of clothing instead of two. I'll use a shorts pattern and then add a pleated flap to the front.