My Own Stargirl



Kiera R Quinn


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Other Credits

Kirsten and Diana Johnson - Teachers

Outline the story …

I struggled with the choice of story. I thought of "Stargirl" (by Jerry Spinelli) early on, but thought it was a bit of a cop out, since basically, my whole wardrobe could also be hers. We both wear costumes on a daily basis. I could make anything and say it was Stargirl. I finally decided to start with the actual text. It was also important to me that this was something that I could, and would, wear. That said, I will wear most anything, but big flowy sleeves, as fun as they are, are hard to wear when doing house repairs or taking care of kids.

There are a few specific outfits described, like when Stargirl is walking in the desert she wears a skirt that looks like a lollipop when she spins, so of course I had to make one. My mom showed me a spiral skirt from the 70's, and I loved the swish and flare, rather than the flat circle skirt I had been envisioning. Stargirl's 'normal' is floor length prairie dresses. I thought about what most people think of as 'prairie dresses', which tends to be less 'Little House' and more Gunne Sax. That was the inspiration behind the blouse. During fitting I really liked the sides being open a bit, and decided to add the lace inserts, inspired by Georgian frock coats, which also led to the buttons above. In that vein, I also chose to spiral lace the front.

Outline the construction…

One of my struggles with sewing has been choosing the right fabric. I tend to choose the right look, but not the right hand. That became a major focus of this project. I knew that the skirt would not flow correctly if I chose fabric that was too heavy, and that the contrast I wanted in the bodice wouldn't work if the lace was too stiff. To make this more challenging, I worked entirely from my stash. The only thing I bought was the grommets.

My supply of lightweight prints is rather sparse, several of the pieces that I did have, there was enough, but the shape was wrong, so I had to piece it and pattern match, something I have avoided in the past. In the end, it was worth using the J shaped pieces I saw on the 1970s pattern for the fun bias flare.

For the bodice I used old jeans. Many had belonged to someone who repaired cars for a living, so I had to cut around oil stains, patches, and worn spots. It also has a few small holes I had to work around. The main pattern was made from my basic princess seam pattern, and the sleeves were adjusted from the first dress I made from my slopers. I wanted the lace insets to be as accurate to frock coats as possible, but in the end, I decided to make them rectangular instead of round because of the lines on the lace.




  1. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 12, 2021 at 9:42 am

    This is such a cool outfit! I love how you interpreted this tale- amazing!

  2. Avatar Mandy Pursley on March 14, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    I love this! The colors are so vibrant and playful. You really brought this story to life, and it’s something you could totally pull off wearing in regular life too!

  3. Avatar Manon L'Hostis on March 16, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Love the shape of your skirt! Looks very “twirly” x)

  4. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 19, 2021 at 10:48 am

    This is lovely, so fun and free!

  5. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 22, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Very colorful and fun!

  6. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 24, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Love the personal connection you have with this story! The spiral skirt is delightfully swishy indeed! I can imagine this would be very fun to wear.

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