Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday - Ruffled Skirt from Pants or Shorts

Eden has hit that stage when she just wants to wear skirts all the time. Forget dresses or even pants, she could live in a skirt. The problem? She only has one. So, I thought it would be fun to make her some skirts.

When looking through her clothes, I found a pair of shorts that someone gave us. She has TONS of shorts and I thought these would be a good beginning to a really cute skirt. I had bought some fabric on sale and realized it would actually match.


This is what I came up with (without buying anything new - I love that!)
Do you want to make one too? Come on, you KNOW you do!

Here is what you'll need:

  • A pair of shorts or pants that fit your child in the waist and bum
  • 1/4 to 1/2 yard of fabric
  • Thread
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments (ribbon, buttons, whatever)
  • Sewing Machine
Project Time: approximately 30-45 minutes (if you have done some sewing and know how to baste or gather, a bit longer for a beginner)

Start out by cutting the shorts or pants above the crotch (you can measure your child down from the waist and determine how long you want this part of the skirt to be).

Next, measure the fabric for the rest of the length of the skirt (however long you want your skirt to be minus however long the cut off shorts are plus a one-inch seam allowance).

Now, cut the full width of the fabric (45") at that length.
Now, finish the edge of both your shorts and the fabric (I used my serger but you can zig zag on your sewing machine if you don't have a serger).
Next, connect your fabric by sewing the two "short" edges together (right sides together - so the seam is on the "inside").

Now baste along the finished edge of the fabric. This is so that you can pull the thread to create a gathered ruffle. You'll want to set your stitch length to a high number (I did 4.5). A longer stitch length makes gathering easier.

Now, gather your fabric by pulling on one thread. If you want a more detailed tutorial on gathering, see here.
Once you have your fabric gathered to the right length (to fit your top piece), pin it (right sides facing) to the top piece and then sew into place (don't forget to move your stitch length to normal).
Now hem the bottom (hint: I used the finished edge of my fabric and so I didn't have to hem). You may embellish with ribbon or whatever and you are done!

6 response(s):

michellejohnnie said...

Absolutely darling! i love it! I am linking to this at my craft site!

Chrissy said...

Just lovely! I'd love to link to this if you don't mind. See you soon!

corrie said...

Love it you crafty girl! Eden is all set.
Great photos too. You rock.

Anonymous said...

This is too cute! What a lucky girl to have such a resourceful mommy!

Alisha said...

You make it look so easy!

somedaycrafts said...

You made it on Tip Junkie! Congrads!!!