Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sweet, Simple Spring Skirt for Girly Girls!

Please visit Debbie's blog to view the complete tutorial. I've included her instructions below:


Measuring Tape
Fabric-Do measurements and calculations before buying fabric.
Elastic-Enough 3/4" non-roll elastic to around the waist of the wearer.
Thread and sewing supplies
Large paper (optional)-if you want to create a paper pattern to make future skirts quicker.

Measure Wearer:
2.Hip: __________
3.Length of skirt (outseam):_______ How much of this do you want to be the ruffle?:_______

Work the formula:
1. Skirt: hip + 4 X 1.5 (A-line like) or X 2 (more fullness)=___A_________ (or you can measure the bottom of a favorite dress or skirt and use that measurement for A)
2. Completed length – ruffle + 2" for casing and seam = ___B________
3. Ruffle: A x 1.5= __C_________
4. Ruffle length + 1” for seam and hem = ____D_________
You will want to write down these numbers for future use, or make a paper pattern.

Cut Skirt Pieces:
You need to cut a rectangle(s) of fabric that is A (wide) by B (long).
Cut Ruffle Pieces:
And cut a rectangle(s) of fabric that is C (wide) by D (long).
Pay attention that any directional print is right side up.

Time to press (iron):
Press the top edge, of skirt, down 1/4" then 1 1/4" more to form lines for casing.
Press bottom edge, of ruffle, up 1/4" and then 1/4" more to form lines for hem.
See our tutorial on hemming to make this go much quicker.

Time to sew:

Create Large Rectangles:
If you have more than one skirt rectangle, sew one set of short sides together (wrong sides together) to create one larger rectangle. Do the same for the ruffle.
Hem Ruffle:
Sew the hem of the ruffle.
Set your machine to gather: large top tension number, large stitch number.
Sew a gathering (basting) stitch along the top edge of the ruffle.
Attach Ruffle and Skirt (in the flat):
Lay skirt right side up on a flat surface. Tape bottom edge down securely.
Lay ruffle wrong side up on top of the skirt, matching raw edges. Tape it down securely.
Pull up top gather thread until ruffle width matches skirt width. Pin if you want.
Sew ruffle to skirt with right sides together. Zigzag edges.
Sew Side Seam:
Open pressed edges up flat and line up side edges of skirt, with right sides together. Sew side seam to make a circle.
Make Casing for Elastic:
Fold pressed edge (top for casing) back in place.
Sew around the bottom edge of the top pressed area (wrong side) to form a casing for the elastic. Leave 1-2" opening near the back to insert the elastic.
Cut a piece of elastic: Waist – 2” = ______ elastic length
Thread elastic through casing. I put a safety pin in one end of the elastic and pin the other end to the skirt. Then pull the elastic through the casing. Fit the skirt to the wearer to check the elastic fit. Overlap the ends of the elastic and sew through 2-3 times. Tuck the elastic end into the casing and close the opening.

Your skirt is finished...Please Repeat and Share!
Happy Sewing!

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