Simple Skirt Tutorial

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With the weather warming up here in Utah to a brisk 40 degrees
 (Yes that is warm to us after a long snowy winter) 
I have decided to make my 10 month old daughter a new skirt for spring time.

This is a very simple gathered skirt with an elastic waistband.

If you have made a gathered skirt before you know how simple it really is... if you haven't then you are about to find out :)

Alright... ready to start sewing??

Here is what you will need:

Cotton fabric 
Elastic at least 1" preferred
Sewing Machine (obviously)

I was able to use a fat quarter from our CottonCrates boxes but my daughter is only 10 months old. If you want a bigger skirt you will probably need between 1/2-1 yard of your favorite fabric.

Okay... now to measure 
Skirt width: You will want to measure all the way around the waist of your little one, or you! Take this measurement and double it. 

Skirt length: Measure from the waist down to where you would like the skirt to fall (usually right at the knees) Then add about 2 inches to the length. This is to compensate for the folded over waistband and the small hem.

Lets start cutting

My fabric piece was about 21"x 9" for my tiny little human
Note: Your skirt does not need to be one entire piece. You are able to cut two rectangles and sew 2 side seams instead of just one. 

Now fold right sides together and pin 

Sew down the side seam, using 1/4 seam allowance

Serge off your seam, or do a zigzag stitch to keep edge from fraying. I used the zigzag stitch since I do not own a serger right now :)

Next you will need to iron out your seam. This make your skirt look much more professional and less homemade. 

Next, serge around the top and bottom of your skirt. If you do not have a serger, iron each raw edge under 1/4"

Cut your elastic. It should measure the size all the way around the waist. 

Now you will be folding the top over for the elastic to fit in. 
Make sure to give a little room, approx 1/4", on top and bottom of elastic like so

Using a straight stitch, sew along bottom of that fold at approx. 1/4" from bottom or even a bit smaller. Leave yourself about 2" to thread the elastic through.

After you have sewn, pull elastic through then stitch elastic together using a zigzag stitch. I went over it twice just to make sure it doesn't come apart.

Now stitch up the hole that you put the elastic through. This can be a bit tricky since you have to hold the fabric from bunching together.

Next is the bottom hem. Since you have already folded the bottom over 1/4" (or serged) you will just need to fold over once more for a nice clean finish.

Awesome! You are finished. Wasn't that easy??

I will be making skirts for my little girl all spring and summer long :)

Fabric used for this skirt is Calico Days Yellow Daisy. Sign up by Feb 19th to receive February's box containing 12 fat quarters of Lori Holt's Calico Days. 

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