Another advantage is that this skirt is double layered. Many little-girl skirt patterns are not lined, they just use a single layer of cotton fabric. In my experience, a single layer is too see-through to make a good skirt. Last time I made a similar skirt, I lined it with white cotton. Then it dawned on me: if I had used patterned fabric, the skirt would be reversible!
I made mine for a three-year-old, the final measurements were 18 inch waist and 11.5 inch length. It's pretty easy to adjust the measurements, though, if you're making this for a younger or older girl.
What you need:
- Fabric A, cut 14" by 42"
- Fabric B, cut 11.5" by 42"
- 19" length of 3/4" elastic
- Coordinating thread, I used Coats and Clark All-Purpose
Cut Fabric B the desired length. Then cut Fabric A 2.5" longer. For example, I wanted an 11.5" length, so I cut Fabric B 11.5" x 42". Then I cut Fabric A, 14" x 42".
For the waist, I just added 1" to my final measurement for the elastic. I wanted an 18" waist, so I cut my elastic 19".
Let's get sewing:
1. Pin the 14" ends of Fabric A right sides together. Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance. You should now have a tube. Press the seam open.
2. Pin the 11.5" ends of Fabric B right sides together. Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance. Press the seam open. Your fabrics should look like the pic below: Fabric A is the floral and Fabric B is the yellow gingham.
3. Turn Fabric B right-side-out. Slide Fabric B over Fabric A, lining up the seams. The two fabrics should be wrong sides together. You should have about 1" of Fabric A showing at the bottom and 1.5" of Fabric A showing on top.
4. To form the bottom hem, press and pin Fabric A on top of Fabric B. Press 1/4", then 3/4". Topstitch 1/8" from the pressed edge. You should be sewing through both fabrics.
5. To form the casing for the elastic, press the top of Fabric A in 1/2", then 1". Topstitch 1/8" from the pressed edge, leaving a 3" opening in the back. Again, you should be sewing through both fabrics. Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through, making sure it doesn't get twisted.
6. Overlap the ends of the elastic by 1/2" and sew together securely. Then tuck the elastic into the opening, fold down Fabric A, and topstitch the opening closed. Make sure you don't catch the elastic as you sew.
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