Well, it was only a matter of time before I succumbed to the cuteness of the skirt and the twirliness of the girl; presenting a Twirly Skirt from the awesome tutorial at House on Hill Road (ack! It's worth following the link just to see the banner photo!). This is a great tutorial -- I recommend it without reservation. As for the results, before I get to the photos I will tell you that Ellie wore it today, and on a trip to Vogue Fabrics in Evanston it caught the eye of two of those knowledgeable and occasionally friendly Vogue Fabrics employees (the crew today was friendly).
She also wore it to the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute, to which I also give my highest recommendation, especially the TOTALLY fantastic children's section. (Helpful hint: You don't have to pay to get to the new children's area, as long as you use the new entrance to the Modern Wing itself, on the very north side of the museum [I think this is Monroe and am too lazy to double-check.]
On the other hand, if you live in Chicago and become a member of this museum, I promise you you will never regret it.) This is how much Ellie loves the Ryan Education Center: She and I went briefly on Thursday evening (free night!) on our way to the jazz concert in Millennium Park. She loved it so much she asked to go back on Friday, so we did. When we asked her on Sunday what she wanted to do after church, she said she wanted to go to the children's section of the Art Institute! So, we did. Hamming and twirling in an uncrowded area ensued.