Tuesday, May 29, 2007

ruffles

A little sewing took place over the weekend. I purchased this fabric on super sale from Joann fabrics to try this skirt. 1/2 of a yard of each. I think it cost me $2.47! How awesome is that?! Really, really easy. If you know how to baste and gather, then you can do this. If not, this might help . Basically, it is four ruffles sewn together.
I didn't have enough fabric to make the last tier the same width, hence the reason for the small bottom ruffle.
libby, age 9, favorite subject in school: math


Directions:

Measure the child's waist and add 10 inches plus seam allowance for the first tier
Second tier: width of first tier plus 20 inches and seam allowances
Third tier: width of second tier plus 20 inches and seam allowances
Fourth tier: width of third tier plus 20 inches and seam allowances
The depth of each tier I used, is about 5 inches plus seam widths, with the exception of the first tier. For the first tier, you need to allow for the casing ( for the elastic). I added 2 inches.

Lots of options with this skirt. You can make each ruffle longer so that the skirt would be fuller. Or, you can vary the width of the tiers to make it longer or shorter. I think it would be great to piece together lots of different fabrics from your stash. It definitely could also be made in an adult size.

You have to sew together pieces of fabric to make long widths. I sewed each width, then gathered the fabric, then sewed each piece together. Made the casing, inserted the elastic, and finishing by sewing one side seam.

I started this post this afternoon, and seven hours later, I am publishing it! (I did have to stop for after school, homework, dinner, baseball game, showers and books) However, I had a really hard time explaining what I did. Hopefully, you can follow what I did here. If not drop me an e-mail, I would be happy to help.

34 comments:

kim said...

That is so cute, once again making me wish I could sew. Maybe someday... I like the smaller ruffle on the bottom. Very, very cute!

Elizabeth said...

Adorable skirt. I wish I could sew so well. My 9 year old daughter's favorite subject is math as well. How lucky are we?

Hege said...

Cute, a real summer skirt :)

Libbysmom said...

I love the skirt. I have started to learn. I have a few pictures up.I love the fabric on sale I think her dresses cost me less than 3 dollars too. But I always get enough to make two so when my twins get bigger they can wear it. I would love to be able to make a skirt like that. It's soooo cute. My oldest is named Libby!

iSeL said...

It's the perfect summer skirt! Love the pictures. So cute.

lucy said...

Very cute skirt and I know my daughter would love one like that! Thanks for the clear instructions. Will give it a try. Oh, you are so making me get near my sewing machine again!

Meggie said...

Libby is so lucky to have you as a Mom. The skirt is adorable!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Love it, just like the Boden catalog!;)

erin said...

so summery and cute! i love it leslie!

Stacey said...

that is just adorable!!!!!

Louise said...

I made one of these a few years back and forgot how I did it so thanks for the new instructions. It's cold here so I might do it in some yummy cord or denim to go with some boots.

KeanaLee said...

that is so adorable, libby is so lucky!

Karen said...

Adorable!!! How great that you can find cute fabric at JoAnn's - mine always just has ugly stuff. But they are opening a new JoAnn's Super Store one town over in mid-June, so I'm hoping the fabric selection will be much better. :)

Lisa said...

I SO wish I could sew, my younger daughter would love that skirt.

Great job!

nova said...

I love that sunny summer skirt! I wish I had a little girl to sew for!

Jess said...

You are such an inspiration! I need to make one for my daughter, and now I can! Thanks you you! :)

Kristin said...

it is very, very cute!! i think you might be inspiring me to sew. oh dear!

So Much Fun said...

Libby 'seams' (tee-hee) to love her new skirt...I still have to get a sewing machine, Soon!! Lovely photoshoot, as usual!

peaknits said...

Aw, I think my Libby (age 7, favorite subject - chatting) needs on of these:) Darling - I like the narrower strip along the bottom!

Kaet said...

that skirt is really very cute...i actually like the smaller ruffle on the bottom, it makes it more unique!

FlipFlop Mom said...

ADORABLE...!! You just plain ROCK!!!

tiennie said...

So cute! My daughter would love one of those. I'm going to have to hide this post from her otherwise I'll have to dust off the sewing machine!

Knot Another Hat said...

Absolutely adorable!

Windy Knitty said...

Very cute, and I love the other one you made, too! I think I'm going to have to get out my sewing machine soon.

Sarah said...

I think I asked once before, but we didn't quite know each other then. Do you have a tricked out sewing machine? Or could I do this on my 1950s vintage machine (at least it is electric). I am going to have to get sewing.

As always, you are a beautiful seamstress, er, rather, you seam beautifully?!

Beth said...

It's a great skirt with a definite summer feel to it!

Yarn It said...

That is such a cute skirt! My 9 year old would love one too....maybe it would be a great way for me to brush up on my sewing skills. Your color choices are so perfect for spring.

Kirsten said...

So very, very cute! I love the fact that the bottom ruffle is smaller.

Yay for girls who love math!!

hege said...

Great skirt! I love the patterns and colors you used, so cheerful.

Alisha said...

What a cute skirt....~sigh~ my girls...yes all my girls do not dig skirts a hole lot...just not fair!! LOL

Dipsy said...

Oh my gosh, this is so absolutely cute! Everything's perfect as I see it - the fabric, the ruffles, the style, the fit - it's adorable indeed! I'd so wish I could sew so well, but as it is, no one managed to far to teach me so that I understood the basics - I'm hopeless in this case, I'm afraid ;(

Sheila said...

Such an adorable skirt with the gingham and playful print.. I'm sure your daughter is loving it.

The Wooden Spool said...

so cute! i bet she loves it!

amandajean said...

thanks for sharing the instructions for this adorable skirt. I have been wanting to try one, and you make it sound easy!