It’s Spring Skirt Week – Yay! I have SIX great, EASY tutorials to guide you through creating a handcrafted wardrobe for Spring. Let’s jump right in!
Today’s skirt is The Lemonade Stand Skirt
Featuring a classic silhouette, fun ruffle trim, and a pocket for carrying around her treasures!
1/2 yard fabric for skirt panel
1/3 yard fabric for ruffle and pocket
2/3 yard of 3/4”-wide nonroll elastic
First cut the rectangles for the Skirt and Ruffle, then cut the 2 pockets.
|SKIRT PANELS |
|10” L x 13” W||11” L x 13.5” W||12” L x 14” W||13” L x 14.5” W||14” L x 15” W||15” L x 15.5” W||16” L x 16.5” W|
|RUFFLE (Cut 2)||3” x 21”||3” x 22”||3” x 23”||3” x 24”||3” x 25”||3” x 26”||3” x 27”|
To cut the pocket: Start with Two 4”x4” squares, then gently curve the bottom to create a rounded “U” shape.
Like this: Your pocket will be 4” across the top and 4” at the widest point.
Before you begin you should have cut:
-Two Skirt Panels
-Two Ruffle Pieces
-Two Pocket Pieces
-One piece of elastic that measures two inches smaller than your child’s waist.
1. Place the two pocket pieces right sides together and stitch with a 1/4” seam allowance. Leave a 1” gap on one side for turning.
2. Turn right side out, press, and topstitch the top edge of the pocket 1/4 “ from the top edge.
3. Take one skirt panel, right side up, and measure over 2” from the left side of the skirt panel and 4” down from the top edge. This point will be the placement for the pocket’s left corner. (See photo 3) Measure up 3/4” and place the right edge of the pocket, this will angle your pocket slightly and make it easier for your little lady to reach inside.
4. Pin the pocket to the front skirt panel and sew close to the edge around the pocket’s three sides, leaving the top edge open. Be sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end so that pocket’s opening is reinforced.
5. 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! Another options to finish the seam 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.
6. Now you will create your ruffle! Begin by matching the short edges of the ruffle strips and sewing one short edge from each piece with a 1/2” seam allowance to create one long strip of fabric. Finish the seam.
7. Hem the ruffle strip 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.
8. Sew gathering stitches to the ruffle’s top edge, using the method of your choice. (Read more about gathering fabric, here) Match the ruffle’s gathered edge to the skirt’s bottom edge, gather to fit securing in place with pins.
9. Sew the ruffle strip 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 skirt’s bottom edge to hold the seam allowance in place.
10. Next, you will finish sewing together your skirt panels. Match the side edges of the skirt back to the skirt front, right sides together and sew with a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish the side seam and press.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. To finish,stitch the waistband gap closed. Use care to not stitch through the elastic. That’s it!
One sweet skirt ready to wear!
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!
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