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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Lace Ruffle Skirt:.

As you all know, I love making things for my two (soon to be three!) girls, and these lace ruffle skirts are super simple to make (which is going to soon be a requirement for my sewing with three girls to sew for)! Plus, they are really versatile, too!

Here's what you need to get started:

- knit fabric (enough to make your skirt)
- lace trim (I got mine at Hobby Lobby - 9 feet for $3, but 50% off like ribbon/trims usually are; score!)
- sewing machine/accessories

Let me apologize for the flashy pictures in advance. My camera was acting up the day I did this, so I was having a tough time getting pictures in the natural light.

I started off by using a skirt I had bought for my girls to measure the length. Of course, you can obviously just measure your little lady from her waist to where you want the skirt to fall, but this particular one is for my one year old, and she doesn't really care to hold still these days, so this was easier. Be sure to account for how much you will be hemming up for your waist band. I added an extra inch for that.

For the width, again, you could use a skirt that you have on hand. Or what I did was use the measurement from another skirt pattern that I have already. You could do this for the length, too. Sometimes I'm just lazy like that!

Cut your piece of knit according to your measurements. I believe this skirt for my 16 month old was 8" length and 18" width. I always cut my length on the fold and use my fold as one of my seams, instead of cutting two pieces of fabric and having to close up two seams. See, lazy! But easier!

Hem one long edge of your strip of fabric. This is where your elastic waist band is going to go. I did mine about an inch. (You don't have to do this now, but I like to because then I have a starting point for my first ruffle layer. You could just measure down and mark with a fabric marker or chalk if you prefer to hem your waist band a different way.)

Pin your first layer of lace trim along the entire length of your piece of fabric. I pinned it right where I did the hem for the waistband.

Sew it down.

I wanted to have a fun look with lace and fabric ruffles, so I measured a strip of fabric that was 4" length and 2x the width of my fabric, so 36". Do a gathering stitch along the entire length of your strip. Gently pull the bottom thread to gather your ruffle, and pin it down where you want your second ruffle to be.

Sew it down.

Do another layer of lace.

Pin your sides together, right sides facing in, and close up your skirt.

Measure the waist on your little lady, and insert a piece of elastic this length into the waistband, using a safety pin to guide it through. To close up the waist band, I just tucked the knit ends in, and overlapped them and sewed it down directly on to the elastic. It doesn't affect the give in your elastic.

Cute, right?

Put it on your little gal, and take her outside so you can chase her around while you attempt to get some decent shots!

I love this skirt, because, as you can see, you can wear it totally casual. But I'm also thinking this will be super cute in the fall with tights, boots, and a button up shirt with a cardi.

You could also add more ruffles if you want! Super easy, and super versatile. I told you so!

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  1. I LOVE this skirt, and your little one looks so sweet in it, what a cutie she is! :) I have a 3 year old grand baby and I'd love to make her some of these skirts. I have a sewing machine, but I don't really know how to sew. I was never taught, I really only fix things on it. I want to learn so badly and I am so happy to have found your site. I'll be coming back as a regular in hopes of learning. Wish me luck! :)
    Thank for sharing and good luck with your baby!
    God Bless!

  2. love this! I wonder how it would look on me... My daughter has WAY more cute clothes than I do...

  3. I have that trim in white, black, and brown. I will have to make one of these skirts. Thanks so much for the great skirt idea:>

  4. I love it! I'm going to have to make one for Rachel. :)

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [07 Sep 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. Hey, I featured this today in my "things I like" post! Check it out:


    :) Sarah

  7. This is such a cute skirt and so simple!!
    I would love if you would share at my Crafty Blog Stalking Thursday Link Party! ttp://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com

  8. I MUST try this! I love lace on skirts. And this seems like something I just *may* be able to achieve! Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I would love for you to share this at Show & Share--

  9. What a cute skirt! I love all things frilly and cutesy for my DD! Thanks for the tutorial

  10. This is too cute!

    Newest follower from hopping around all the crafty links!!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! I recently wrote a blog post full of links to patterns and tutorials for making skirts for toddlers, and I included this post. You can find it here:
    Again, thanks so much!


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