Are you ready for week 2? ( Here's Week 1 if your missed it and click HERE to see all the weeks.) Before we begin our project, I want to go over a few sewing terms:
Selvage: The finished edges on the side of each piece of fabric.
Grain: All fabric is made up of little threads that are woven together. You can clearly see this is you look at this piece of burlap.Lengthwise grain: Parallel to the selvage edge
Crosswise grain: Perpendicular to the selvage edge
Have you ever bought a shirt and after you washed it went all wonky and instead of the seam going down the side it wrapped around your stomach? This is b/c it wasn't cut properly. To avoid this, when you cut out fabric you need to make sure that you are cutting your pieces so they line up with the grain line. Use the selvage edge or the fold as a guide.
Nap: Some fabrics have a one way direction. For example, velvet or suede. It feels smooth when you run your hand in one direction and rough in the other. Some printed fabrics have a nap b/c the design has an obvious up and down. If you fabric has a nap, you want to make sure that you pay attention to the nap when you cut out your pieces or it will look weird.
Now that we got that out of the way, let's sew! Today we are going to make a super-simple bubble skirt. I love this skirt b/c all of your seams are hidden, so it gives you a very clean and professional looking end product. Also, with a little practice it only take about 15 minutes to crank out one of these beauties.
You will need:
1/2 inch elastic
1/4-3/4 yard of fabric-depending on size (pick something cute without an obvious nap)
Before we begin, you will need 2 measurements. The waist, and the desired length of the finished skirt. Here's a quick size guide:
12 month-8 /17
Step 1: Cut out a piece of fabric along the grain. You're going to have to do a little math:
Width=Waist X 2
Length= length +2
The width with be the waist measurement times 2 and the lenth will be the desired length plus 2 inches. For example: I want to make a 6m, so I cut one piece of fabric 9x 32 (if you want it a little fuller, just add more to the width-I was lazy and just cut it 44 inches-b/c that's the width of my fabric).
Step 2: Using your gauge and pins, measure 2 inches from the top of the fabric.
Step 3: Fold fabric over pins and iron down (do a good job-you're going to need the crease).
Step 4: Bring the tip edge to the crease and fold it over again.
Step 5: Iron down-you should have a 1 inch double fold.
Step 6: Unfold the top. To make the side seam, fold your fabric piece in half with the pretty sides together. Using the above picture sew the side seam. Make sure don't sew where I marked "open", this is where you will put the elastic in latter. Each time you sew, make sure you sew frontwards a few stitches, then backwards to lock the stitch in place.
Step 7: Press side seam open.
Step: Bring the bottom of the skirt up so it aligns with the bottom crease.
Step 9: Fold the top over. Pin in place.Step 10: Line up your presser foot with the bottom edge of the fold ans sew completely around the waistband.
Step 11: Cut a piece of 1/2 inch elastic to a comfortable waist length. Remember that little hole you left when you sewed up the side seam? Pin a safety pin on each end of your elastic and thread it through the waistband.
Step 12: You can either sew the ends of the elastic together (sew it several times so it's secure) or just leve the safety pin and tuck it inside the waistband. As your child grows, you can let out the elastic.
Step 13: ( Optional)-Embelish-add rosettes, bows, buttons etc.
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I guess I've been making this skirt for quite a few years. I just found this pic of one I made one for my daughter to wear to ballet. (she's 14 now). I did use another fabric for the waistband, but it's the same idea.
I'd love to see you work. After you complete your skirt, please send me a link in the commentsbelow, so I can check it out.