Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Little Girl Skirt

I wanted to make my daughters a new skirt. I think the hardest part for me is picking out the material. I went back and forth. I am still not 100% certain I like the two colors together and my daughter who is 5 going on 18 told me she didn't like the brown. Oh well!! Here is the size 4/5 it might last until she is six. Fabric: Any cotton Fabric Amount: I bought 1 yard of each with the intention of making more. Top portion: Length 28 inches ~ Width 5 inches Middle: Length 44 inches ~ Width 8 inches Bottom: Length 44 inches ~ Width 6 inches Elastic: One inch thick and 20 inches in length
Cut out the material. Then if you have a serger (which I don't) serg along the border of all the material. If you are like me, sew a zig zag stitch around. Now the next part gets a little tricky and I am not sure the best way to explain this.
Take your top layer and create a waste band. Use your elastic to determine how wide it should be. Mark with two pins where the opening should be to thread your elastic in.
Thread elastic and pull out the other end. Match the two elastics together on top of each other and sew elastic together.
Sew your bottom and middle pieces together.
Take the bottom and middle piece that is now one and you will gather the top of the middle piece. Put your sewing machine on straight stitch. There should be a place on your sewing machine to loosen or tighten your thread. You want to loosen it all the way (at least that is what I do on my machine, but my machine is 20 years old). As you sew the material will gather on its own.
Now pin your middle piece together to your top piece, pattern side facing each other. You may need to loosen the gather on the middle piece to match the top piece of material. Once you have them matched together and pinned sew them together.
To finish up, measure a 1/2 inch (more or less), hem, iron, pin then sew. I found cute small pom pom from Pick Your Plum (a website that sells random craft items each day). You could use ric rac or any other item you think is cute. Or just leave it as is!
I am still trying to find the best way to describe my sewing projects. If something doesn't make sense, please feel free to leave a comment. I will try and describe it better if needed. Keep checking back, as I will be posting a matching skirt for a 6-9 month old soon. :)

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