It may be cooling off in other areas of the country, but here in Arizona it is still in triple digits. Definitely skirt season! We have been wearing skirts a lot lately because of the heat but also because potty training is easier that way! I love making these easy skirts (I think I've totaled 4 1/2-I helped my sister make one-now...). I hope you try it out too!
This is for a size 2T-3T so be a smarty-pants and adapt accordingly.
1/2 yard fabric
1" elastic (or whatever you have on hand over 1/2")
Needle and thread
First, I apologize for these pictures; please remember I sew in my closet and have a point-and-shoot. And it was a crazy cloudy day.
1. Bust out your fabric and cut it in half (hot-dog style) so you have two loooong pieces.
2. Cut one of those looooong pieces in half again, this time hamburger style. This is the bottom tier of the skirt.
3. Cut the other looooong piece into two pieces measuring 27". I got this measurement from measuring my daughter's waist and then adding a couple inches for fullness when gathered. This is the top of the skirt.
4. Take the bottom pieces and sew a gathering stitch. I set my stitch length at the longest setting and go for it at about 1/8", without any stay-stitching (backstitching). You could also change your tension to be really tight (like, 10 or however high yours goes to) along with your long stitch (it will gather a little as it sews) but I prefer the slow, hard way. I'm like that.
I DO sew two rows of gathering stitches- the first row at 1/8" and the second at 3/8" because it helps keep the thread from breaking as I gather it.
5. Adjust your gathers so that it is the same size as a top piece.
6. Repeat with second bottom piece.
7. Pin a top piece to a bottom piece. Sew along your 3/8" gathering stitch. Remember to adjust your stitch length and tension back to their normal settings. Repeat. You now have a front and back piece.
8. Open up the front and back pieces and put the right sides together. Sew along the sides, making sure the gathered seam points toward the presser foot. This detail is important later. I also finish the sides with a serger but you can zig-zag stitch it or trim it with pinking shears if you like.
9. Now you have a rough-looking skirt. Time for a hem! Turn the bottom 1" and iron. Then, open it up again and turn the bottom up to the crease you made when you ironed it, and fold it so it makes a nice, 1/2" double hem.
10. Sew the hem. I like sewing two rows because it looks less home-made that way. I sew it at 3/8" and right inside the 1/2".
11. At the top, iron down 1/4". You may be wondering why the top is sooooo darned tall. I'll tell ya!
12. Fold the top in half toward the inside of the skirt. You now have lining for the top part of your skirt- a must when your little one is in hot pink floral underwear and your skirt has a white background. Plus, I think it looks nicer! :)
Notice how the 1/4" ironed part covers the seam from the top and bottom pieces? No itchy knees from the seam!
13. This is where I do my elastic casing! I didn't have 1" elastic on hand, so I used some 3/4". I sewed my casing with a tiny bit of extra room so it wasn't hard to pull the elastic through. Stop sewing the casing about an inch away from where you started; this will be where you insert the elastic.
14. Cut your elastic according at the same waist size you are making the skirt for, plus another inch for overlap when connecting elastic. I cut this one at 19".
15. Safety pin both ends of the elastic so the end doesn't doesn't get pulled into the casing, and insert that elastic, threading it all the way through. I think baby safety pins are the easiest because they have such a huge top, it is easy to find it inside all that fabric.
16. After making sure your elastic hasn't twisted inside your casing, sew the elastic ends together using a zig-zag stitch. Make sure it is nice and strong!
17. Get all that elastic into the casing and sew your casing closed.
18. Finish the skirt! I typically hand-sew the lining down using a blind stitch, making sure I keep the seam covered.
Enjoy your new skirt! Make 2 so you have one for a friend!
Having a matching skirt with your best friend is what life is all about.
*** For another totally awesome skirt, lookie here. This woman puts me to shame.***