Monday, April 5

Darling little girl's skirt...

Hope you had a great Easter.  We woke up to around 6 inches of snow and it felt more like winter than spring.  We still had a great time and I love having an excuse to have so much chocolate in the house. 

I found this website that had a Easy Skirt Tutorial and I wanted to try one out for my little girl.  The size that it made was around a 2T to 3T.  I had this darling fabric that I wanted to use that I got out of the bargin bin and I knew that it would be great as a skirt.  The website's skirt used only 2 patterns of fabric and I wanted to use all of these fabrics because they work so well together so I modified the pattern just a little.

First - look at how cute this fabric is....

Okay now that you know how cute the fabric is you probably agree with me that I had to use it. 

In the tutorial it states that the bottom piece of the fabric is 34" by 5.25" so I cute that out of this fabric..

I then finished the edge by using a zigzag stitch since I am not rich enough for a serger. :) 

The top part of the skirt was listed on the tutorial as 28" by 9".  I wanted to use 4 types of fabrics so I just divided it by 4 and came up with 7" each.  I wanted to do 2 pieces of each fabric so that would be 8 total pieces (2 each) of 4" by 9" to account for a 1/2" seam allowance.  I sewed 4 pieces together (just one of each fabric) and it turned out like this.

So after sewing all the top pieces together - I then sewed the bottom piece.  On this piece you use your widest straight stitch and then pull through the top thread to slightly gather it.  When it is gathered enough that it is the same width as the top piece, pin, and sew it on.  Then the skirt will look like this.

Now you can sew in the elastic.  I had zigzag stitched the top of the skirt so I could just fold it once.  After folding it down (leaving enough room for the elastic) I stitched it and put the elastic through using a safety pin.  I then top stitched it to help hold the elastic in place since I hate it when your elastic folds and twists. 
Then I hemed the bottom of the skirt and sewed it together.  I had to modify it a little by trying it on my little girl to make sure that it fit.  I figured I would make sure that it stayed on her since I had her here to try it on for me. :)

Here is the end result - Darling isn't it!

Try it - it is easy and well worth the little amount of effort!


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