Sunday, August 22, 2010
LIttle Girl's Skirt Tutorial
Have you met Olivia? She has it all. She's a pig with an attitude. She reminds me of my daughter Laura because she's the oldest too and they both love to stand out in a crowd. Today I'm making Laura an Olivia skirt, complete with red ric-rac (don't you wish adult clothing could include ric-rac and tulle and ribbons and....). Anyways, I got this Olivia fabric from the quilt shop down the street from my house. I could just eat this fabric right up!
1/4 yard of fabric
ric-rac color of your choice
3/4 inch coated elastic (when making the girls skirts, I like to go with thicker elastic so that it stays up on their little hips, or in Caroline's case her second belly hehe)
Step 1: Fold the fabric in 1/2 and cut down the middle so you have two rectangles.
Step 2: Place the right sides together so wrong sides are facing out and sew the short ends together to make a tube like shape. Make sure that the pattern on your fabric is going the same way. I've definitely made this mistake before and the girl's on Caroline's baby skirt are playing hopscotch on their heads! ( I also zig-zagged the seams so that the edges would not fray.)
Step 3: Locate the top of your skirt and fold it over about an 1 inch if you are using 3/4 inch elastic. If using elastic that is larger than 3/4 inch, add a 1/4 to a 1/2 an inch. Iron and sew this fold down, leaving an opening for the elastic.
Step 4: Measure the width of your child's waist and cut the elastic. Thread the elastic through the casing using a safety pin. Once both sides of the elastic meet sew the sides together and finally sew the casing shut.
Step 5: Hem the skirt to your liking and pin the ric rac down onto the skirt. You can do this two ways (both are shown). You can hide half the ric-rac so that it looks like a mini ruffle peeking out from underneath the skirt, or you can sew the ric-rac on top of the hem so the entire notion is visible. It's really a personal preference.
Step 6: Sew ric-rac down and wa-la! :) Beautiful!