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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall Skirt Tutorial





2T Little Girl Skirt

5T Little Girl Skirt

 Up close look at my Pumpkin Buttons!

2T and 5T Little Girl
Skirt Tutorial
(Side Note- Once again I used a bed sheet for my fabric.  You can decrease your work if you use a bed sheet's finished edges.  Nonetheless, my instructions do not include pre-finished edges.)

2T SKIRT INSTRUCTIONS
(pictures are located  under the steps they are associated with)
1. Cut out your fabric:
Skirt (25 ½ inches x 10 ½ inches)
Ruffle (62 inches x 3 ½ inches)
Top Fringe (62 inches x 3 inches)
Elastic:  1 centimeter wide- 16 ½ inches long
2. On the long side of your ruffle piece fold over your hem ¼ inch and iron in place.  Then, fold again ¼ inch and iron.  Then, using a straight stitch sew in place.
3. Gather the unfinished edge of your ruffle piece (to 25 ½ inches in length) with a basting stitch.
4. Sew the long side of your skirt piece to the gathered side of your ruffle piece with right sides together.  Finish the raw edge with a serger or zigzag stitch. 
Then, open up and iron flat.

5. Fold the top fringe piece in half lengthwise with right sides together.  Sew the raw edges closed with ¼ inch seam.  Use a safety pin to turn your fringe piece right side out and iron flat.
6. Gather the middle of your top fringe piece (to 25 ½ inches in length) using a basting stitch (with thread that matches your fabric).
7. Sew the top fringe piece onto the skirt 1 ¾ inches higher than where the skirt and ruffle meet.
8. On the waistband side of your skirt piece fold over the fabric ¼ inch and iron in place.  Then, fold again ¼ inch and iron.  Then, using a straight stitch sew in place.
9. Fold the entire skirt in half lengthwise with right sides together.  Then, pin while you match up the waistband, hems, ruffles, and top fringe ends.  Sew ¼ inch seam allowance.  Finish the raw edge with a serger or zigzag stitch.
10. Keep the skirt inside out.  Fold the waistband over 1 ¼ inches and pin in place.  Sew a 1 inch seam allowance around the entire waistband leaving a two inch opening on the back side of the skirt.
11. Using a safety pin thread your elastic through the waistband.  Then, sew (using a zigzag stitch) the elastic pieces together overlapping the elastic ends by ¾ inch.  Top stitch the waistband opening closed.
12. Turn your skirt right side out and embellish!  I sewed brown and orange ribbons onto buttons and created pumpkins. 
After autumn you could clip the pumpkin buttons off.


5T SKIRT INSTRUCTIONS
(pictures are located  under the steps they are associated with)
1. Cut out your fabric:
Skirt (30 inches x 12 ¾ inches)
Ruffle (68 inches x 5 ¼ inches)
Top Fringe (68 inches x 3 inches)
Elastic:  ½ inch wide- 22 inches long
2. On the long side of your ruffle piece fold over your hem ¼ inch and iron in place.  Then, fold again ¼ inch and iron.  Then, using a straight stitch sew in place.

3. Gather the unfinished edge of your ruffle piece (to 25 ½ inches in length) with a basting stitch.
4. Sew the long side of your skirt piece to the gathered side of your ruffle piece with right sides together.  Finish the raw edge with a serger or zigzag stitch. 
Then, open up and iron flat.

5. Fold the top fringe piece in half lengthwise with right sides together.  Sew the raw edges closed with ¼ inch seam.  Use a safety pin to turn your fringe piece right side out and iron flat.
6. Gather the middle of your top fringe piece (to 30 inches in length) using a basting stitch (with thread that matches your fabric).
7. Sew the top fringe piece onto the skirt where the skirt and ruffle meet.
8. On the waistband side of your skirt piece fold over the fabric ¼ inch and iron in place.  Then, fold again ¼ inch and iron.  Then, using a straight stitch sew in place.
9. Fold the entire skirt in half lengthwise with right sides together.  Then, pin while you match up the waistband, hems, ruffles, and top fringe ends.  Sew ¼ inch seam allowance.  Finish the raw edge with a serger or zigzag stitch.
10. Keep the skirt inside out.  Fold the waistband over 1 ¾ inches and pin in place.  Sew a 1 ½ inch seam allowance around the entire waistband leaving a two inch opening on the back side of the skirt.
11. Using a safety pin thread your elastic through the waistband.  Then, sew (using a zigzag stitch) the elastic pieces together overlapping the elastic ends by ¾ inch.  Top stitch the waistband opening closed.
12. Turn your skirt right side out and embellish!  I sewed ribbons onto buttons and created pumpkins. 
After autumn you could clip the pumpkin buttons off.

These skirts paired well with white collar shirts tied with orange and green ribbons.

2 comments:

Whosies said...

You were featured you on a +30 little girls skirt round up- thanks for your great tutorial! http://www.patchworkposse.com/2013/07/30-elastic-waist-skirt-tutorials-little-girl-summer-skirts/

Anonymous said...

Made this skirt in an afternoon for my niece! It turned out beautifully. She will love it- thank you for an awesome tutorial!