My daughter loves to wear skirts and dresses. I’ve been working for the last few days on a few new skirts for her spring and summer wardrobe. These are very simple skirts but I can change up the look with various options. I love these skirts, and am so excited to share this tutorial with you! (Don’t you just love all these bright and cheery colors for Spring?)
Option 1. Simple Skirt with Contrasting Band:
-Fabric (+/- 1/3 yard for main skirt panel and 1/4 yard for contrasting panel)
-3/4 inch elastic
Determine the length you want your skirt. Measure from right below the belly button to where you want the the skirt to end. (The contrasting border fabric will be 3 inches wide.)
The contrasting fabric border will be 6.5 inches tall.
Option 2. Simple skirt with Ruffled Bottom
-The same as option one, except you will need 3/8 yard for the contrasting fabric.
1. For this skirt, cut the main fabric panel the same as option one and cut two 6 1/2 inch strips from your contrasting fabric.
|I didn’t get a picture of the ruffling step, but this is how fabric will ruffle up when you pull the top thread.|
7. Lay the skirt flat, line up the raw edges of the ruffle and the skirt. Pin and sew the ruffles to the skirt. Just sew right over the gathering stitch. Finish this seam and iron flat so the finished seam is pointing towards the top of the skirt.
Option 3. Simple Skirt with Fabric Belt.
-Same as skirt option 2, but you will need an additional 1/ yard for the belt.
1. Cut your skirt and border fabric the same as option 1. Cut main skirt fabric in half so you have a front and back piece. Cut 2 strips of fabric 27 inches long by 2.75 tall. (If you want a wider belt, add an inch or two to the height of the belt pieces.)
2. Iron the fabric ties in half and cut an angle at one end of the fabric ties as shown. Sew along the edges of the ties, flip them right side out and iron flat.
3. Take the 2 skirt pieces, fold top edge over 1/4 inch and iron. Fold over another 1 1/4 inch and iron again.
4. Unfold the 1 1/4 inch ironed edge and line the raw edges of the belt and skirt fabric as shown. Do this for both belt pieces.
5. Line up the skirt sides and pin in place.
6. See how the belt is sandwiched between the skirt pieces?
7. Sew the side seams and finish the edges with your pinking shears, zig zag stitch on your sewing machine or with a serger.
8. Create the skirt casing like you did in skirt option one. Go slow and be very careful not to stitch into the fabric belt. I sewed right up to the edge of the belt, stopped my machine with the needle in, lifted the presser foot and flipped the belt tho opposite direction, then kept sewing.
8. Insert the elastic and sew the ends together. Close the casing.
9. Top stitch around the ruffle.
Ta Da! You’ve made a new skirt! Now go find someone to try it on so you can admire your sewing skills!
|Work it Girl!|
|Ahh yes, a teeny tiny flower… It is almost wildflower season in Texas!
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