I have been on a sewing spree for my little Gigi. After looking at skirts at Wal-Mart yesterday, I’m convinced that pedophiles are sequestered in the factories overseas.
This skirt will kick off my “Modern Modesty” tutorials. I am motivated by a combination of
Modesty, Fashion, and Quality
I can’t think up cute names for the skirts, so we’re just going to call this one Skirt A.
You will also need ½” elastic that is 1 inch shorter than your daughter’s waist measurement.
Getting Started with Fabric #1
Note: What I like to do for my sewing projects is to serge (I just use the serge stitch on my sewing machine) three sides of each piece of fabric #1 (right, left, and bottom). It’s easier for me to do this now than to do it when the skirt is finished.
1. Take your two pieces of fabric #1 and put them right side together
2. Sew down one side using 5/8” seam allowance. I use what I call my triple-straight stitch here. My daughter is rough on her clothes, and I want to make sure they stay together.
3. Press the seams open.
4. Turn up the bottom to the inside of the skirt by about a ½”.
Getting Started with Fabric #2
5. Fold fabric #2 together from bottom to top so that the right sides are facing each other. Pin together and sew using a 3/8” seam allowance here.
6. Reach your hand in and pull it right-side-out.
7. Press fabric #2. When I press fabric #2, I put the seam toward the back, not the bottom.
Attaching Fabric #2 to Fabric #1
8. Pin fabric #2 across the bottom of fabric #1 from the inside. Make sure the bottom hem is captured during the pinning all the way across.
9. Sew fabric #2 in place. I always do a single stitch here, then check to make sure I caught the hem, then I triple-straight stitch across to secure it.
10. Now take your skirt, place it right sides together and sew down the other side using a 5/8” seam allowance.
11. Go back to the ironing board and press the seam flat. Stay at the ironing board.
12. While the skirt is still inside out, fold down the top toward you about 1 ½ inches. If you’re a stickler for measurements, then go measure it and pin it then come back. I just eyeball it.
14. Fold down again.
16. To get the ruffled edge at the top of the waistband, sew around the top. I just line up the edge of the fabric with the edge of my foot.
17. Sew a second row at the bottom of the waistband. NOTE: don’t close the row of stitching. Leave approximately a 2” gap so that you have enough room to get your elastic fished through.
18. Attach your elastic to a safety pin and fish it through, making sure the elastic doesn’t get turned.
19. Sew the elastic together.
20. Sew the gap closed.
21. Turn it right-side out. Ta-da! You now have a skirt!
Now for the most important step:
22. Take lots of photos of your beautiful darling and share with the world!