Monday, May 10, 2010
Make a Little Spring Skirt
Here is how to make your little girl a spring skirt without using a pattern! I haven't tried this style with older girls yet, but I'm going to!
As seen in the picture above, the first draft of the skirt had a drawstring ribbon. It kept sliding down off my little friend's round tummy. I put in elastic and kept a little bow on the side for decoration and that works better.
To make your child's skirt, begin by measuring her tummy. Multiply the tummy measurement by two and add one inch for the side seam. (All of my seams are 1/2 inch. I was able to use a full width of fabric, so I only had one side seam.) Then measure how long you want the skirt to be. The optional edging on the bottom of the skirt would change the measurements.
To the length measurement, add 2 and a half inches to the top. Add your hem depth to the bottom. (I added an inch and a half.) Now look at the wrong side of the top ruffle, below. First, fold over half an inch and press. Now fold over two inches and press. Sew close to the bottom edge of the ruffle. 3/4 inch above the first seam, sew another line for the elastic casing. Thread your 1/4 inch casing through and sew it in place on the ends. (A wonderful tool for threading elastic is the bodkin. It is much quicker than using a safety pin.) How long should the elastic be? A little shorter than the child's waist measurement. You can stretch it around her waist before cutting to see what is comfortable but will still stay up.
Here is my hem. I folded under and pressed 1/2 inch, then folded the edge at the desired length for the skirt, and sewed the hem in place.
The last thing I did was the 1/2 inch side seam.
Before sewing it, you can put a ribbon in the side seam for a bow. If you have any problems with the pattern or how it is worded, please let me know! love, Beth