Step 1: Cut 2 pieces of well- ironed fabric.
The desired length of the skirt + 4 inches
The waist measurement+ 1.5 inches
For example I am making a 6month size. The desired length is 7 and the waist is 16, so I will cut each fabric 17.5X 11 inches. (I can make a baby an entire skirt for 1/3 of a yard of fabric).
Step 2: You always sew with the pretty sides together, but I'm about to break a cardinal rule of sewing (it's ok, I'm a professional). Sew the 2 pieces of fabric together with the ugly sides together using as narrow of a seam allowance as possible. ONLY follow this when you are doing french seams.
***Note: After you've done this a few times you only need to use about a 1/4 inch seam allowance for the first stitch and 3/8 for the second stitch. However if you take too narrow of seam the second time, your edges will poke out and that's frustrating.
Step 5: Using your gauge and the technique I showed you last week, fold the waist down 2 inches, press, then fold under 1 inch. You should have a 1 inch double fold. This will form our waistband.
Step 6: Sew waistband down. Leave a small place open for the elastic. Using a safety pin, thread elastic through hole.
Step 7: Sew opening closed.
Step 8: Repeat step 5 to form a 1 inch double hem along the bottom of the skirt. Sew into place. Hint: When you sew, put the pretty side up and use the seam allowance lines on your machine to make sure you are sewing in a straight line.
This is the inside of the skirt.Doesn't it look neat, tidy and professional: Even w/ pics in took me about 30 minutes, so it's a project easily completed during a naptime. (although why aren't you taking a nap if the kid's are is beyond me).
Happy Sewing, please feel free to ask questions.
This is basically the same idea I used to make my wrinkle maxi skirt:
Just use really thin cotton, wet, twist, and line dry.
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Thanks for this tutorial - I used to babysit for someone who did all of her seams like this and have always wanted to learn!ReplyDelete
Glad I could help. I just think it makes clothes look so nice.Delete
That scares me! It is more complicated then a straight stitch! But...I am bound and determined to improve my sewing skills...and this looks like the ticket! Thanks for linking up to the Stinky Linky Party!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much! I need to start doing this on my projects. I think it will help a lot. You don't do it on lined clothes, right? Lol, I completely agree, when kids are napping, I am napping!:)ReplyDelete
I'm not sure what you mean by "lined clothes". It's funny my kids are gone all day now , but the only day I nap is Sunday when they are all home.Delete
Great blog! I also love to sew, but haven't done a lot of if the past few years. Amazingly, I received my BS degree in fashion merchandizing, which sewing was a HUGE part of getting that degree. Thanks for motivating me!ReplyDelete
SO CUTE!!! I am really glad that you left me a sweet comment on my bathroom remodel, because I have never been to your blog before... SO SO cute!!ReplyDelete
I am off to poke around a bit more!!
This is a great tutorial!! TFS!! I'm stopping by from Sassy Sites linky party.ReplyDelete
Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/03/vinyl-amp-cover.html
Yippee! You're a feature this week!ReplyDelete