Crafts, Design, DIY, Sewing

Tutorial Thursday ~ Twirly Skirt

Remember, 2 Monday’s ago when I had a guest post up and I told you to go check out her blog and my post I had done for her? Did you go and look around at her blog (Haute to Sew)? If you didn’t you should stop reading my post and go do that NOW! I’m serious! Meredith is awesome and you’ll love her down to earth personality that you can feel through her blog:)

Anyway, I am going to share that tutorial with you today so get excited!:)

I’m a beginner in sewing and this skirt was easy for me to make so if I can do it, you can too!:) I started out with some left over fabric from a dress I created for the 4th of July (you can buy it in my Etsy Shop here):

I made my skirt a size 2T. The measurements for that size are below. If you want it bigger you’ll have to figure that out based on the measurements you get from your model:)

For this project you’ll need:

1/4 yard patterned fabric

1/8 yard contrast fabric

elastic (about 20″ will be good. I cut off 37″ and had about 12″ left over.) I used 1/4″ thick elastic. I found this tutorial on Nap Time Crafters blog and she didn’t give a width or amount so I used what I had on hand.

Ok, once you have your fabric picked out, cut out 2 pieces of the main fabric to be 9×22. For the trim cut 2 strips measuring 1.5×36.

Next, with right sides together, sew up the sides of the main fabric and the trim. (Can you tell that they’re sewn together? If you can’t, just take my word for it:) hehe)

Now you need to make the casing for the top of the skirt. fold down the fabric a 1/4″ then another 1/2″. Press. I like to pin mine because I don’t trust the iron enough:)

Sew as close to the edge as you can to make the casing. Leave an inch to feed the elastic through.

I put a bobby pin in the end of my elastic to feed it through.

After you feed it through sew the two ends of elastic together and then close up the opening.

So that the elastic doesn’t move while wearing it I picked an inconspicuous spot and stitched it in place.

Voila! You have the main part done!

Gather your trim fabric and then stretch it to fit the bottom of the skirt.

Once you have it the right size pin it to the dress with right sides together and sew it on. I had to adjust mine as I sewed.

And you’re done!! Doesn’t it look CUTE??!! It was so easy and fun I think I might just make more of them. I have this one for sale in my Etsy shop if you want to look at it there.

The hardest part for me was adding the trim. In the tutorial at Nap Time Crafter she said to top stitch the seam line to help the trim lay flat. I didn’t do that because I pressed the seam line the other way. I just thought it worked better like that, but I can totally see what she means now. Maybe I’ll go back and press it up the other way.

Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you’re all having a great week!!

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