Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Skirt and Shirt Idea...

I just went on a Christmas fabric shopping spree to JoAnn's Fabric (don't tell my husband :/).  I just finished this last night.  So fun.  My camera battery was dead so some of the pictures aren't as clear because they're from my phone.
I bought 3 types of christmasy patterns and got half a yard in each.  I then cut them into six inch strips that have a slight angle on the sides and end up five inches at the top.

If you just keep flipping your fabric back and forth with a sample piece and cut around it you won't waste any more fabric than you have to.  I am so not a perfectionist so they were definitely not precise.
When I was finished I had 9 strips of each.  For my 5 yr old I used 5 strips each and for my 3 yr old I ended up with 4 each.  If you only have one girl to make a skirt for you might at well make a smaller one for a gift or something :).

Then I just layed it out and figured out what pattern I wanted.
I surged all my pieces together but you can zig-zag them if you don't have a surger.  Remember to always sew with right sides together and above you can see what it looked like before I sewed the two ends together.
I wanted the skirt to have a little flair so I added mesh netting and liner underneath to give it a little lift.  I just roughly made them the same size, then put them inside the skirt and pinned them all together.  Then I sewed them all together with a wide stitch.
Next, I made a gathering stitch and gathered the skirt to prepare it for the elastic band I attached it to.

For the tutorial on making a skirt with a wide elastic band click HERE. 
Then I added a pink satin ribbon to cover my surged edge.

I found this perfect green shirt at Target and added this doiley lace to the top of it.  I love how it turned out!


The Thomas Family said...

Love it. SO cute. I think I will attempt this one.

Kimberlee said...

Very cute skirt! Your model is precious too.

Heidi Ferguson said...

So cute! I love this! Would you like to guest post this tutorial on my blog next week? Let me know!


FineArtPainting said...

beautiful and tutorial is so light and easy, making us believe that anyone can do this...

ok. you're invited: come link it up with us:
http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-linky-party-21/ and you may find some great other ideas there also.

looking forward to showing off your work to our readers.


Anonymous said...

Very Cute!

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serikandi said...

how creative u r..good work

Ann said...

This is so great! I have had so much fun with this project - I want so show you my results - do you have an email or should I post them on my blog and link to yours? I am a novice sewer and this really got me motivated! I love your directions!! They are not intimidating, and still leave a lot for me to learn hands on. The one part I had trouble with was attaching the gathered skirt to the elastic - it bothered me how the edge is unfinished. If you have any thoughts, they are appreciated. thanks! Ann

Sewing on Sally the Singer said...

This is such a cute skirt! I have tried making a gathered waist before..but I just cant seem to get the hang of sewing over it! As a beginner..I've noticed pleating works for me even if it is time consuming! Do you have any suggestions for getting over my unsure-ness? Would you recommend your serger? if so what kind do you have? If you'd like to visit my boring beginners blog to let me know..please feel free as you would be the first! LoL or I'll keep checking back on here :) since I have so many of your tutorials to look at and try!