2/2/10

CuteTwirly Little Girl Skirts

Here is a darling little skirt for the little girl in your life.  It is made from fat quarters. There are three parts-Main Skirt, Drop Waistband and Hem Band.   For a size 5 you need 5 fat quarters for the Main Skirt.  You can either buy more fat quarters and piece them or just buy the yardage for the Drop Waistband and Hem Band.  If you have a serger it is very quick project.  I made 2 skirts.  The first one went so quickly that I didn't have time to take pictures.  So all the pictures are of the second one.
So for the Main Skirt piece first you cut strips that are 5 1/2" wide and  10" long from the 5 fat quarters.  Sew them together so you have 4 sets of five different fabrics. Sew all the sets together for one long piece.
Then you fold in half lengthwise the 13 1/2" wide X 5 1/2" strip (this will be the Hem Band) and sew it to one long end of the length of the Main Skirt (5 different fabrics strip).
Then to gather the Main Skirt you sew over your heavier thread (I used buttonhole thread) with a zig zag stitch at 1/4" from the edge.  Then pull it to gather.
For the Drop Waistband you make a casing for the elastic by turning down the long edge 1" and at 1/4" and sew it.  Pin the other end of the Drop Waistband it to the Main Skirt until it fits. Sew them together where you have pinned.   Add your elastic in the casing.  Sew the final side seam and you are finished.  I top stitched every seam as it helps make them lay flat.  They were fun to make. and took about an hour.
 
I gave the little girls their skirts one evening and the following are them dancing in them with low lighting.
 
Exhausted!  Too much fun!!
I am linking to Kimba's A Soft Place to Land for this post today.

9 comments:

Michelle said...

That is such a cute skirt!!! Love it!

Beth at Aunties said...

These are so precious! I bet the girls had a great time swirling and dancing!!!
Thanks for the tutorial:)

New Every Morning said...

There's nothing more girly than a twirly skirt.
How FUN!!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh darling! I remember twirly skirts and now I love to see my granddaughter twirl in hers.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh, how sweet. If I could sew...or if I had little girls to sew for...you did a wonderful job with the lesson.

Sue

jenjen said...

Those skirts are just the cutest ever! The girls love them so much! Thanks for making them!!!

XOXO
Jen

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

These are twirl-alicious!!! I love this variation. It's different from most twirly skirts I have seen. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Andrea said...

Really cute. Love the fabrics and the drop waist! This would be perfect to link up to my Thursday party called Make it, Wear it. Stop on by!

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

Brie said...

I'll definitely have to make those if I ever get a niece or daughter of my own. They are super cute! I just re-learned how to sew and am looking for all sorts of projects. Thanks for your words of encouragement on my wall art post from Kimba's party.