Monday, January 19, 2015

Reversible Skirt Pattern

I was in Target yesterday and looking at the prices for 6 year old stuff.  Lily is growing faster than I can keep up with, and I was sad to see that leggings go from $4.50 to $7 or $8 when you move to the older girl stuff.  I thought, "Ok, these are all just straight lines being sewed - I'm a quilter - I'm totally going to figure this out."  So, here is the start of some patterns for little girls.  (I totally not making shirts though).  
1. I always loose my measuring tape, so I just use string and label it "W" for waist.  "L" for length.

 2. I doubled Lily's waist size for the width of the skirt so it'll have lots of gathers.  You can see that I just folded over the fabric I had.  I both the top and lining fabric at the same time. (I used 5/8ths yard for this skirt - it would probably fit a 5-6 year old)

3. Iron the bottom of each panel under 1/2 - 1 inch (this will help when its time to hem).  You'll iron the long side.

 4. Sew right sides together up the short side of the seam.

5. Repeat with your lining fabric so you have two tubes of fabric.  Iron seam allowance open.

 6. Turn one of your tubes right side out and put it inside the other, so the rights sides are together.

7. (Optional) Twist your inner tube so the lining seam allowance is opposite from the other seam allowance.  This just spreads up the bulk of fabric.

8. Pull the lining fabric out - it should look something like this, then fold it back down in so that the seam allowances are hidden.  It's starting to look like a reversible skirt.

9. Iron around the top of the skirt.

 10. To make the binding casing, lay your elastic on the fabric to make sure you leave enough space for it to fit through (about 1 1/4 inches for me).  Sew around the top of the skirt - but be sure to leave an opening like the picture below shows:

11. Measure your elastic to be about 1 inch smaller than your child's waist.  Place a safety pin on one end, and put it through the casing.  (I like to pin the loose end of the elastic to my pants, so it doesn't go in when I'm not noticing, and I have to start all over). 

 12. Finish your elastic by sewing a seam where the safety pin is in the picture above.  This is tricky - try not to catch any of the skirt in the machine while you're sewing the elastic ends together.

 13. Finish your casing by closing the gap you fed your elastic through.  Try not to catch the elastic while you're sewing.
14. (Optional) To prevent my elastic from twisting, I like to sew a seam through the middle of it.  (You have to stretch the elastic to its longest length, and sew while you're holding it stretched out.  Otherwise your seam in the middle will just prevent the elastic from having any give to it).
15. For the hem, take your skirt to the ironing board.  Place you skirt on it and see how the fabric is laying.  You may need to iron some spots up a little more to make sure its all even along the bottom.

 16. Pin along the bottom and try to get the bottom edge as even as you can.

17. Sew the bottom of the skirt closed.  I did three seams next to each other for a decorative look.  Just be sure you have at least one seam that is close to the edge along the bottom.

 Ta Da!  One side a nice soft blue, the other is grey.  Happy Sewing - and saving money.  Honestly, this cost $4.00 from fabric I got at Walmart.  My Walmart fabric section is hit and miss, but sometimes they have really nice stuff.

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