Today I sewed up one of my favourite projects for a friends little girl. Skirts are such a fun and simple sew, I love how quick they are to make and are great for using fat quarters when making smaller sizes. These ones I’ve been making have a 2″ elastic waistband and a gathered skirt.
To size first I added an inch to the waist measurement for the length of elastic to cut. Then for the length of the skirt piece I measure between the hip and knee (rather than waist due to the thick waist elastic) and add 3/4″ for the hem and between 1/4 and 3/8″ for the join to elastic seam allowance. I find that for any sizes up to around age 2-3 the width of fabric is enough to make it nice and gathered (or a fq cut into two horizontally)
Make a tube from the fabric by sewing the short edges right sides together, and finish the seam/s. I tried a few different ways to join the elastic into a waistband, as shown below:
I think the bottom one looks the best, which I did by stitching the ends together with a 3/8″ seam, finishing each elastic edge seperately, pinning the seam open and top stitching either side to hold them down.
Then sew a long baste stitch across the top edge of the skirt and gather to match the elastic. Evenly distribute the gathers around and the skirt piece should then fit inside of the elastic, right sides together as shown
Pin in place and stitch all the way round the skirt, 1/4″ from the edge with a stretch stitch. Finish the seam and finally hem the skirt by folding over a 1/4″ then 1/2″ and sewing 3/8″ from the edge.
Ta da! Such a simple project but I love the elastic waistband and experimenting with bold prints!
All the fabrics I used I bought from the great Plush Addict, love their choice of fabrics! Ordered some gorgeous michael miller glitz from there this weekend to get working on Miss Scarlett’s first birthday dress, eek!!
So I’ve not exactly done well with this new blogging thing! Been far too busy sewing… For me! I’ve been really enjoying it and am genuinely surprised. I find it slightly more rewarding, one reason is I can try it on straight away and get a good look at what I’ve created without having to either bride a 3 year old Eve or wrestle changing an almost 10 month old Scarlett who never ever stays still.
Luckily for me as soon as I started to get hooked the amazing just add jeans collection from Pattern anthology went on presale, I fell in love with the city girl top from see Kate sew so knew I had to buy the collection. Just quickly sharing a few pics of what I’ve made so far, I’m in love!! (Please excuse the awful photos and post, mainly selfies and using a mobile app to blog )
Whilst clearing through my old clothes I found a scruffy, well-worn (loved) pair of harem pants. They were stupidly comfortable and I knew I needed to sew some up for my small people. A quick scour on pinterest brought up this tutorial and free pattern which looked perfect for creating my small clone!
My originals were a size smaller than what I would normally wear in jeans, which gave a more fitted look. So I altered the pattern so the crotch didn’t drop so low and extended them to ankle length using a pair of leggings as a guide. I used some nice soft grey marl cotton interlock and they turned out perfect! Sewed up really quickly, think I’m hooked, going to have to draft Miss Scarlett a mini pair!
Evie looks really comfortable in them and are the perfect weight for spring, now this is where the hardwork begins, trying to get a decent photo of her wearing them…
One click in, and she needed the toilet!
A change of top later and these are as good as it gets
Except of course when the pants aren’t in shot 😉