( a tutorial, some shopping, your creative energies and the weekend to accomplish it)
Quick and Easy Layered Skirt
- 1/2 yard quilting cotton for top layer
- 1/2 yard coordinating quilting cotton for bottom layer
(note the yardage above will fit up to about a size 4 or around a waist size of 20 1/2", if you are using fabric wider than 42", then you will have a wider range of sizes. If you do this make sure you have 3/4 yard of each fabric to accomodate for length of taller kids.)
- matching thread
-3/4" nonroll elastic
-large safety pin
1. Take measurements.
Measure waist, times this number by 2 and then add 1". This is how wide both of your fabrics need to be.
Measure length (I like an inch below the knee, but again this is up to you. Just make sure it is no longer than 16" or you will need a larger cut of fabric), add 2" to this number for the bottom fabric only (your top fabric will be 2" shorter than the bottom layer) This is how long each of your fabrics needs to be.
2. Cut fabric to your measurements, using width of fabric as your waistline.
3. Sew back seams. With right sides facing, sew the top fabric layers back seam using 1/2" seam allowance. Trim seam with pinking shears to prevent fraying and press seam open. Repeat with bottom fabric.
4.Hem and sew bottom edges of both fabrics. With wrong side facing, press 1/2" around, then again 1" around, around close to the edge.
5. Sew layers together. With both fabrics right side out, put the top layer inside the bottom layer, lining up seams and pin into place. Sew together using a 1/2" seam allowance. Flip the inside layer up over waist and press seam open. Pull top layer into place over bottom layer, press folded seam into place.
6. Make casing for elasic waistband. Starting one inch after the seam sew around using a 1" seam allowance until you are one inch away from the back seam (don't forget to back tack).
7 Finishing waistband. Cut a piece of elastic the size of the childs waist minus 2 inches. Attach a safety pin to the end and pull through the casing opening is between the two layers, making sure not to twist. Sew ends of elastic together, overlapping the ends an inch and sewing in a square. Pull so the elastic is all in casing and sew opening shut.
( The fabric I used is Fort Firefly by Teagan White for Birch Organics that was purchased locally at the The Loopy Ewe)