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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

.:Tutorial Tuesday–Skirt of Many Colors:.

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Talk about a cute baby!

This skirt is super simple, just a little tedious. Especially when you have to make three of them.

Here’s what you need:

- fabric: I used five different fabrics, but the sky’s the limit!
- sewing machine/accessories
- elastic for waistband

First you need some measurements. I used a skirt pattern I already had, and just divided the width by five. You may have to fudge a little to make the sections even. My skirt pattern also has a top tier, which you may want to have. I like putting a skirt together that way. You could also just use a skirt that you already have and measure it to get your desired width and length.

Here are all of my cut pieces – there are two of each pattern; one for the front and one for the back, and then the two top tier pieces, one for the front and one for the back.

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The first thing you need to do is hem up your pieces. Since I used ruffle fabric in between my cotton pieces, I had to do each piece separately since the ruffle fabric didn’t need to be hemmed. If you were doing all cotton fabrics, you could skip this step and hem them all up together after they are attached.

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Here are all of my lovely hemmed pieces.

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Now it’s time to start attaching them all together. This is the tedious part! Start with your first two pieces, pin them right sides together, and sew them together.

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Once you’ve done this for all of your pieces, you’ll want to go back and finish your edges so that they don’t fray. I used a zig zag stitch to do this.

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Here’s the inside.

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And the outside. (Yes, I trimmed up my ruffle fabric, in case you were concerned about the length difference!)

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Do this for your other set of pieces.

Now take the front of your skirt, and do a gathering stitch along the top.

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Take your top tier piece. Find the middle of that piece, and pin the middle of your strip piece to it, right sides together.

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Gather from each side towards the middle. It should come out pretty even. Pin in place.

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Sew the two pieces together. Finish the edge, then turn it out and top stitch.

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After doing this for the front and the back of the skirt, you will have two pieces like this.

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Pin them together, right sides facing each other.

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Sew together and finish the edge. Do this on both sides.

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You’re almost done!

Now, go around the top of the skirt and do a zig zag stitch (or however you want to finish the edge).

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Iron down your waist band about one and a quarter inch (more if you’re using a bigger elastic; I usually use the 3/4” elastic or 1” elastic). Pin it in place.

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Sew around the bottom edge, leaving a two inch opening in back. This is where you’ll insert your elastic. I also like to do a stitch along the top of the band as well. I feel like this holds the elastic in place better.

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Measure your little lady’s waist and cut a piece of elastic to that length. Use a safety pin to guide it through the casing you created. Sew the ends of the elastic together, overlapping about one inch. Sew the opening closed.

That’s it!

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Don’t you love it?

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I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the different patterns and textures. Such a fun look!

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Of course, you can’t get the full effect until you see it on an adorable baby model.

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I think Baby H likes her new skirt.

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She’s pretty excited to wear hers with her big sisters in matching skirts! (Yes, I did make three of them).

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What do you think? Are you going to make one? Would you use all cotton, or do you like the ruffle fabric?



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10 comments:

  1. This is really cute! What a great way to use up left over fabric, too. I like it with the ruffles or without. :)

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  2. Too cute!! Adding to my 'to do' list haha :)

    Http://binksandbubble.blogspot.com

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  3. Very cute! Oh my to do list is getting longer and longer:)

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  4. What a fun bright skirt! she's a cutie!

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  5. Love this!

    Natasha xx

    http://www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  6. So cute! My 2 year old would love it. She thought your baby was adorable, too!

    http://allthequietthings.blogspot.com/

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  7. adorable, and even more so on three little ones! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, always love your sewing projects!

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  8. HA! I love the name of the skirt--you are so clever my friend! I am SUCH a fan of ruffle fabric. Your girls always look so cute!! XOXO

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  9. Just too stinking cute! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!
    -Melissa
    http://serendipityandspice.blogspot.com

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  10. This is to cute. My niece is just about walking, I can see her toddling around sporting one of these.

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