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TUTORIAL DIY BOUTIQUE TWIRL SKIRT AND APRON VARIATION

3.11.2014

Every girl needs a good twirl skirt. Today I’m sharing an easy to follow tutorial for creating a beautiful twirl skirt. Dress it up or dress it down, this pattern can be used to create everything from play skirts to fancy apparel. I’m also including a quick apron variation, for a little extra flair!

Introducing,
FREE Pattern and Tutorial from Daydream Believers: The Playground Skirt. Sizes 2t -8! Easy to follow DIY guide for creating a drop waist twirl skirt. www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com  *and*  FREE Pattern and Tutorial from Daydream Believers: The Farmers Market Skirt. Sizes 2t -8! Easy to follow DIY guide for creating a drop waist twirl skirt with boutique style apron attachment. www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com

This pattern will soon be your new go-to skirt! For a fun “Boutique-Style-Look” try using different fabrics for the yoke and the skirt panels!

Let’s start with The Playground Skirt!
FREE Pattern and Tutorial from Daydream Believers: The Playground Skirt. Sizes 2t -8! Easy to follow DIY guide for creating a drop waist twirl skirt. www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com
MATERIALS
1/3 yard fabric for yoke
1 yard fabric for skirt
2/3 yard of 3/4”-wide nonroll elastic

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONSFirst cut the rectangles for the Skirt and Ruffle.
SIZE 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
SKIRT PANELS
(Cut 2)
7” L x 26” W 8” L x 26.5” W 9” L x 27” W 11” L x 28” W 13” L x 29” W 15” L x 30” W 17” L x 31” W
Yoke
(Cut 2)
3” x 15” 3” x 15.5” 4.5” x 16” 5” x 16” 5.5” x 16” 6” x 16.5” 6.5” x 17”


Before you begin constructing a “Playground Skirt” you should have cut:
-Two Skirt Panels
-Two Yoke Pieces
-One piece of elastic that measures two inches smaller than your child’s waist.

CONSTRUCTION
1.  Place the two yoke pieces right sides together and sew along the short sides, using a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish the seams and press.

2. Next, you will sew together your skirt panels! Simply match the side edges of the skirt back to the skirt front, right sides together. Pin and sew along one side with a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish the side seam in your preferred method, and set aside. *I finish my seams with a serger, this is not necessary! Other options for finishing your seams are to use an inexpensive pair of pinking shears and simply cut along the raw edge, or to sew over the  raw edge with a tight zig-zag stitch, so the right hand swing of the needle falls JUST off the edge.

3. Hem  the skirt by pressing under the bottom edge 1/4” to the wrong side and then another 1/4”. Stitch close to the inner folded edge with a short, straight stitch.

4.  Sew gathering stitches to the skirt’s top edge using the method of your choice.  (Read more about gathering fabric, here) Match the ruffle’s gathered edge to the yoke’s bottom edge (right sides facing) and gather to fit, securing in place with pins.

5. Sew the yoke to the skirt panels with a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish and press the seam toward the skirt. Topstitch right above the seam along the yoke’s bottom edge to hold the seam allowance in place.

6. To create your waistband, start by folding the top edge of the skirt 1/4” to the wrong side of the fabric and press.  Next fold the edge another 1” again to the wrong side of the fabric, and press again.  With the skirt wrong side out, stitch close to the bottom edge of the waistband all the way around, leaving a 1” opening at the center of the back (to slip in your elastic).  Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitching.

7. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and guide it through the waistband casing. Once you get back to the opening, remove the safety pin and sew the elastic ends together to make a loop. Overlap the elastic ends 1/2” and use a zigzag stitch to secure them.

8. To finish,stitch the waistband gap closed. Use care to not stitch through the elastic.
How to make a drop waist twirl skirt. Free Pattern via Daydream Believers Designs

TO MAKE THE FARMER’S MARKET SKIRT  (A Twirl Skirt Variation)
FREE Pattern and Tutorial from Daydream Believers: The Farmers Market Skirt. Sizes 2t -8! Easy to follow DIY guide for creating a drop waist twirl skirt with boutique style apron attachment. www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com
You will need an additional 3/8 yard fabric for the Apron, plus any embellishments of your choice.

APRON CUTTING GUIDELINES
Size 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Apron (Cut 1) 5” x 14.5” 6” x 15” 7” x 15.5” 9” x 15.5” 10” x 16” 11” x 16.5” 12” x 17”


To create this fun skirt, begin by cutting out the materials outlined in the Playground Skirt tutorial above.

You will start assembling your skirt by following steps 1 through 4 as outlined above.
From there, you will need to finish the sides and bottom of the apron by pressing under 1/4” and then another 1/4” and stitching close to the inner folded edge around all three sides.

Next, sew gathering stitches to the apron’s top edge.

Measure over 3” from each side of the yoke’s bottom edge and mark the spots with pins. Match the apron to the pins, then right sides facing baste to attach the apron to the yoke with a narrow, 1/4” seam allowance.

From here, match the gathered edge of the lower skirt panel to the yoke’s bottom edge (with the apron attached) and continue following steps 5 through 8 as outlined above. Make sure the apron is tucked in between the yoke and the skirt panels.
Free tutorial and pattern How To Make a Boutique Style Apron Skirt from Daydream Believers
Two sweet looks from one quick tutorial. So fun, right?

The apron attachment provides a great opportunity for adding embellishments to a simple twirl skirt. Outline the apron in ricrac or lace, add an applique, or personalize the skirt with hand embroidery. The options are endless!  Happy Creating!

This tutorial is for personal use only. Please do not sell pieces created with this tutorial for profit.
Please DO use this tutorial and make sweet skirts for your favorite girls!
If you use this tutorial to create skirts for your girl  – I would LOVE to feature YOU on the blog!
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