Friday, October 31, 2008

Twirly skirt tute

Some people love these skirts and are not sure how to make them. They are rather easy so I will give instructions on how to make one.

Measure around the hips of the child. Ellises hips are 50cm.
50 X 1.5 = 75cm (length of first piece of fabric)
75 X 1.5 = 112.50cm (length of 2nd liece of fabric)
112.50 X 1.5 = 168.75 (length of last piece of fabric)
the width of each piece depends on the height of your child. Ellise is only short so hers needs only to be 25cm. So the first piece needs to be the waist, so the widest.
(25/3) + 2 + 3 = 13.3333 (the 2 is the seam allowance and the 3 is the elastic casing)
I round this up to 15
The next 2 strips I round as well. 25/3 = 8.3333 + seam allowance of 2cm.
You sew down 3cm at the top of the top piece of fabric to make an elastic casing. Leaving open a 3cm hole to thread the elastic through.
Then on the second and third piece you sew 2 rows of stritching at the largest that your machine goes to, about 2cm from the top then another 1cm down.
Pull these 2 threads to gather up the fabric so that it fits the one above. Try and make the gathering as even as possible.
Make sure you hem the last piece too.
Then sew the pieces all together, using about a 1cm seam. And sew up the back seam and thread the elastic through.
And there you have it, your own skirt!