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« on: September 23, 2008 02:48:59 PM »

Nothing too spectacular...just a basic redondo style skirt made from one fabric (an old cotton-blend sheet) with a fold-over waistband and homemade bias tape (another old sheet).





No action shots, unfortunately, because the intended recipient lives 1500 miles away.

BUT, the fun part is that I made the pattern myself.



Here's a mini tutorial of how I made the pattern (words only, sorry!)

I figured out how big around I wanted the top of the skirt to be (30 inches) and divided that by the number of panels I was planning to use (7)...add a little for seam allowance and now I've got the measurement for the top of the pattern piece (5 inches).

Next, I calculated how long I wanted the skirt to be (only about 20" for this one because the kiddo isn't very tall and I was going for just-below-the-knee length), and cut a piece of string that long. There purpose of the string is so you'll know how long the skirt will be (approximately).

I drew my 5 inch line for the top of the pattern on a piece of tissue paper.  Then I pinned one end of the string to one end of the line.  I arranged the string for the inside curve of the pattern and drew a line following it. (As you can see, it took more than one attempt before I was satisfied).

Then I free-handed the outer curve.

There's still room for some adjustments, but I'm very pleased with my first attempt. I got the basic idea for the shape of the pattern by browsing Google images for redondo skirt patterns.
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2008 04:37:49 PM »

Very nice, great use of the old bed sheet. I like your bias lining too.

And wow on the pattern figuring, I think I would of confused myself trying to figure that one out. Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2008 05:27:00 PM »

Excellent job.  I am sure the little one will be very happy with her new twirl skirt!  I really need to make a few of these for my twirly skirt obsessed daughter.  If it don't twirl, she won't wear it anymore.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2008 05:27:25 PM »

You rock!

I've always wondered how this pattern would work.  Thanks for sharing how you did it!
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2008 05:29:09 PM »

Wiked! I love these skirts!! Thank you for posting this its awesome ispiration!!

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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2008 05:48:14 PM »

i've always wanted to make one of these skirts. you did a great job and have inspired me to get on it!
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2008 06:31:52 PM »

ah, clever!  Yours looks great!  Must try myself.
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2008 07:26:49 PM »

That's so cute. I think I got how you make the pattern piece. Then you cut 7 of them and sewed them together side by side  Undecided? The flat end goes across the top?
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2008 10:58:36 PM »

That's so cute. I think I got how you make the pattern piece. Then you cut 7 of them and sewed them together side by side  Undecided? The flat end goes across the top?

Precisely. The pieces are more-or-less J-shaped, so you sew seven J shapes side by side with the flat part at the top. You can use however many Js you need to get the girth you want...or to coordinate multiple fabrics.  Oh! And don't try to fold over your fabric to cut out your pieces! If you do, some of your Js will face the wrong direction...very bad! What I did was cut a bunch of squares that my pattern would fit on, stack them all right side up, pin the pattern down and cut out all seven pieces at once.

I have more of the bias tape that I think I'll use to embellish a t-shirt to match.
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2008 01:45:20 AM »

Looks nice... Making own pattern gives us such excitement and pleasure doesn't it.. when i saw redondo skirts first, i longed to create one for my little daughter, then inspired by leesah, ended up drafting my own version of it, you have inspired me to do one for her in the current Navarathri collection of mine

My pattern has the J kind of shape split into two halfs, top and bottom to give it more fullness as well as to let it stay in place...
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