Remember, the skirt I made is for a 5 year old. If your child is bigger/smaller, taller/shorter, whatever, just make some adjustments to your rectangles. Mostly, it'll be in the skirt length that you'll adjust to make it longer or shorter (the larger rectangle).
Here's what you need to make your skirt:
-3/4"-1" wide waistband elastic
-scissors, pins, thread, ruler
With your fabric wrong sides together, place your pattern pieces on your fabric and cut out. You should have two of each rectangle.
1) Pick up your two smaller rectangles. With right sides together, sew a seam along each of the short ends, creating a large tube. Do the same with your large rectangles while you're at it.
2) Finish your seams by serger or zigzag and press open.
3) With a long basting stitch, sew all the way around the edge of your large rectangle piece. I like to stop and start again at the side seams. This reduces the risk of breaking thread when you pull it to gather in the next step.
4) Before you pull your threads to gather, mark off quarter sections of the skirt. To do this, simply fold your piece so that the side seams are matching. Now, on either end mark with a pin. Now you know where each quarter is. You can continue to mark off so that it's in eighths if you want to be more precise in your gathers.
5) OK, now you can go ahead and begin to pull your basting thread to gather up your skirt.
6) Mark off quarters (or eighths) on your smaller rectangle piece. This piece is the yoke of your skirt. Once you've marked it, match to the pins on the gathered skirt piece (right sides together). Start by matching your side seams and then go from there. Move your gathers around so that they're even in each section. Once you're sure everything's even, go ahead and sew the two pieces together.
7) Pull out your basting threads and finish the seam. Press the seam allowance towards the yoke.
8) On the yoke, turn over 1/4" along the top edge and press.
9) To determine the length of the elastic, just measure around your child's waist and cut a piece that is comfortable for them but will stay up on it's own. This is usually the waist measurement minus 1" or so. Don't forget to add in about a half inch to secure the elastic to itself.
10) Next, measure the width of your elastic. Multiply that by two and add another 1/4". Turn that amount over and press again. Nothing fancy here, we're just making a casing for your elastic to go into.
11) Sew along the inside edge, making sure to leave about 2" open to insert your elastic. I like to put a safety pin on each end of my elastic to guide it through the casing. The second pin makes sure the end doesn't go flying into the casing, causing me to have to start all over again~
12) Once your elastic is in, overlap about 1/2" and secure to itself. Make sure your elastic hasn't twisted! Ease the elastic into the casing and close the casing.
13) Oh! I almost forgot...hem the bottom of your skirt! You can fold it over and secure or do a rolled hem. Add some pretty lace if you want. Anything goes~
That's it! You're done. So easy peasy. I added a cute little tie to the front of mine but you could use buttons or other embellishments to make it pretty.
Can you believe summer is almost over and a whole new school year will be starting again? Isn't it funny how even as an adult it feels like everything starts in September?
|Same skirt with shorter yoke and skirt.|
Obviously she just wants to go ride her bike.
Enough with the pictures already Auntie!
To see how this looks in an adult size click HERE.
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