Skirts are kind of a wardrobe staple. They can be worn with tights, with leggings, or alone. Dressed up, dressed down – skirts can get a lot of use! I especially love skirts for my girly girls because they are active and busy, but also love to be dressed up. So skirts are a great option for still being girly, but able to play.
When I was invited to participate in Skirt Week over at crafterhours, I started browsing around for some inspiration. I’m generally making three of most things, so sometimes I want a project that is going to be pretty simple. But I also want it to look stinking cute. This is what I came up with.
Fluffy? Check. Girly? Check. Sparkly? Check. Comfy? Check.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- three different fabrics in coordinating colors (if you’re going the ombre route)
- wide elastic
- sewing machine/accessories
You’ll need to get some measurements of your little gal. I’ll be sharing my 18 months old’s today.
I cut all of my fabric on the fold, which will give me one seam that I will put in the back of the skirt.
My little Harper’s waist is about 18 inches around, which means that she’s generally about 9 inches across the front of her waist, and 9 inches across the back.
I wanted the bottom layer to not be quite as poofy as the top two layers, so I didn’t cut it as wide as I did the other two layers. I measured about where I wanted the skirt to hit, which gave me a length of 9 inches. I went about 2 times the width of her waist (9 inches approximately) and did a width of 18 inches.
The second layer I made 7 inches long – just slightly shorter than the bottom layer. I wanted it more poofy, so I left it the width of the fabric.
The third layer I made 6 inches long – I kind of wish I had gone an extra inch shorter, but you can do it how you like. Again, I went with the width of the fabric.
So, here are my layers for my 18 month old:
Bottom layer (cotton): 9” x 18”
Middle layer (organdy satin): 7” x w.o.f.
Top layer (tulle): 6” x w.o.f.
Hem up the bottom edge of the two lower layers. I’m leaving the tulle alone.
Take all three layers and run a gathering stitch along the top edges.
I cut a piece of elastic for the waist band to 18 inches (Harper’s waist measurement). I don’t want my skirt layers to be the same width as the elastic, so I gathered the bottom layer (cotton) to be about 4 inches wider than the elastic. Then I pinned the bottom layer (cotton) and middle layer (organdy) together in the middle, and gathered the middle layer evenly to match up to the bottom layer. Pin in place.
Repeat with the tulle layer, pinning all three layers together.
Hem up your one seam, facing the skirt with right sides in, lining up your layers.
Finish the top edge of the skirt, which will attach all three layers together.
Take the piece of elastic, and sew the ends together about a half inch in.
Press open the ends, and sew them down to the band.
Match up the seam of the elastic with the seam of the skirt and pin, overlapping the elastic over the top of the skirt about a quarter to a half inch.
Pin the middle of the front of the skirt to the middle of the elastic.
Find the two exact sides of the skirt and mark with pins.
Pin in place to the elastic halfway between the front and back pins. You will have slack fabric – this is right!
Start sewing the elastic to the skirt, gently stretching the elastic so that it is the same length in between pins as the skirt. This will allow the waist band and skirt to stretch together without breaking any seams.
That’s it! Told ya it was easy, didn’t I?
I was already kind of in love with it after I sewed it, but then I put it on Harper and I was totally in love with it.
I love how poofy it is on her little bod.
And with how easy it is, I need to whip up a couple more for her big sisters.
Do you like the ombre effect, or would you do patterns and coordinating fabrics?
Be sure to head over to crafterhours and check out all of the other great skirt tutorials being shared! And enter your own skirts in to be judged!