Tuesday, August 19, 2008

staying inside

Huh.  So much for sunny Florida.  This was yesterday, moments before the downpour caused by Tropical Storm Fay started. Heavy winds and rain forecasted for today.  And perhaps for the rest of our trip. So we will spend most of the time inside.  Watching the storm, watching the olympics, watching movies and playing games.
I remembered that I have been forgetting to tell you about this skirt I made, back in June.  No pattern necessary, just fabric from your stash. Perfect for those times when you are stuck in the house.   (Hmmm.......I wonder if my mother has any fabric I can have.  Surely she has an old sheet hanging around.)
This is the same skirt as this one.  
Measure the waist and add 10 inches plus seam allowance for the first tier.  (for libby, 24" + 10 1/2" = 34 1/2")
second tier:  width of the first tier plus 20 inches and seam allowances.  (for libby:  34 1/2" + 20 1/2" = 55")
third tier:  width of the second tier plus 20 inches and seam allowances.  (for libby:  55" + 20 1/2" = 75 1/2 ")
The depth of each tier I used, is about 5 inches plus seam allowances, with the exception of the first tier.  For the first tier, you need to allow for the casing (for the elastic).  I added 2".  (so the first tier measured 34 1/2" in width and 7 inches in length.
After you have sewn together the pieces to get the correct widths, you are ready to assemble.
Baste and gather the top of the second tier, and sew it with right sides together to the first tier. Baste and gather the top of the third tier, and sew it with right sides together to the raw edge of the third tier.  Matching right sides together, sew the side seam.  Make a casing at the top leaving an opening to insert elastic.  
I loved the frayed edge I saw on the skirts Sarah made, so decided to do that on this skirt too. 

This really is just a guideline.  So many different options with this skirt.  Shorter widths would make it less full.  Longer widths would make it fuller.  Deeper ruffles.  Shorter ruffles.  More tiers. Less tiers. Skirt for her.  Skirt for you.
"Oh, mom....mind if I check your linen closet?"

35 comments:

TAMI said...

Thanks for the fun pattern!! It's almost a "one-size fits all pattern" because of the measurements you included - love it!!

Stacey said...

what a great way to use up stash! you could even do a patchwork one!

APA said...

Perhaps Fay will blow through faster then predicted and take the gray skies along with her. Regardless, you have the spirit and energy to make it a great vacation! The skirt is too cute. Thank you for the pattern, definitely another project to add to the "To Do" List.

Sarah Jackson said...

Super cute! How did you know that I was making skirts for Annika today? I needed that extra idea. Thanks!

Lin said...

Thats a lovely skirt. I hope the weather goes away for you! We got blown away and drenched on our hols too, it seems to be the way this year.

nicole said...

Bummer about the weather! But maybe more time for knitting?

Pretty skirt!

SMF.sportychic said...

Om my goodness, I saw Fay on the new this morning and I was thinking about you, Leslie. Sometimes staying inside and watching a good storm can be fun, especially with family and good movies/olympics. Stay safe!
xoxo

Philigry said...

love the skirt. it sounds like you are still having a great time!

Mama Urchin said...

Sorry about the weather. I just made a skirt like that for my daughter too.

Tanya said...

Hi Leslie,
I was thinking about you this morning when they were talking about it in FL. Hope you are all safe from it and cozy inside.

That skirt is lovely! The colors are divine.

Tanya

La Cabeza Grande said...

Gray skies or blue, you carry the sunshine within yourself. Be safe, ya hear!

Amy said...

How funny- I was just thinking Zoe needs a tiered skirt!

Jess said...

sorry the weather hasn't been ideal.
Your skirt is beautiful! I will definitely be bookmarking this post. :)

lucky knitter said...

Cute skirt! We like to do puzzles when we have a rainy vacation day!

Gigi said...

Cute skirt! Love the colors. They play so nicely together. =-)

Yarn It said...

Cute skirt! I have no doubt my daughters would love a those. I may have to break out my sewing machine on a weekend when I don't have them so I can try to sew one. Thanks for all the info!

Denise said...

Our forecast here is for thunder and rain all week but it's a nice break for the HOT weather, and temps are still in the 80's.
Enjoy the indoors :-)

raining sheep said...

great skirt...and definitely would keep you occupied. Both times I have been to Florida, it has been cold and stormy and I thought to myself that I should just have stayed in Calgary. However, I know Florida can be stunningly beautiful...that is why so many Canadians retire there :)

house on hill road said...

cute skirt! i really love the frayed edges. i'm holding out hope that i can make kate clothes when she is libby's age. maybe by then jane will have come around....

stay dry!

t does wool said...

see-staying inside can be fun :-)...there's always sunshine after the storm...cute skirt-no hemming-what can be better than that!

robyn said...

I hope Fay isnt causing too much damage, and that you can enjoy the last of your holiday even if you are stuck inside

Shelly G and Hope P said...

I really love the frayed edges... I have a pattern that shows a drawing of frayed edging... but I love seeing your pictures and how wonderfully it turned out:)

peaknits said...

What a sweet skirt - I love the frayed edge - and the idea of no hemming makes me smile! :)

MadMad said...

Such a cute skirt! I'm so sorry about the rain, though... Bummer.

Knittiana! said...

I will be thinking of you, please stay safe.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Oh darn! Well at least you get to visit with your parents.

amandajean said...

it isn't too late to sew up a few summer skirts, is it? I think I could use a nice end of summer skirt. thanks for the inspiration.

TD wool design said...

love those colors and you have a great model there :) and the fray!
we're catching up on olympics. no tv at the maine house, so we've missed a bit. too bad about the rain. we had our share, but ventured out with full rain garb when we could. hope you get some sort of break in the weather.

kim said...

You are amazing how you just whip these things together. And Libby wears them so well too! I hope the storm has passed and you were able to enjoy your time there...

Poshyarns said...

Oh I love this, I am going to have to give it a go.

Sara said...

Thats a great pattern, thanks so much for it! It will be on my to-do list now..

tiennie said...

Thanks! I'm sure my girls would love some of these cute skirts!

Haust said...

Thanks for the inspiration! Now I've made a skirt for our daughter. :)

Love your blog, by the way!

Have a nice day...

amanda said...

Oh well....at least it's perfect 'knitting with your mum' weather! Love the skirt btw.

Sandy said...

So sweet! I love the tiers.