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Topic: Frou-frou skirt for springtime ** now with tutorial **  (Read 2551 times)
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« on: April 03, 2011 06:45:45 AM »

It must be the season for twirly floral skirts! This is for my one year old: the outer layer is a Riley Blake print that I've been hoarding for too long, and the petticoats are an excuse to use up some fat quarters of pretty fabrics. It's good to see them out of the sewing basket and in action at last.

The sizing here makes a skirt which fits my one-year-old quite generously - I think it could easily be adapted for bigger sizes by adding a bit of length on the skirt.

What you need:

You will need a quarter of a yard/metre for each of the two under-skirt layers, and slightly more for the outer fabric to allow for the yoke as well.
You will also need elastic for the waist - about 20'', and a few inches of extra elastic for the ruched skirt.

What to cut:

Four rectangles, each 16'' by 4'' for the front and back yoke, and front and back yoke lining.
Six rectangles, two in each colour, 23'' by 7'' for the front and back inner, middle and outer skirts.

First the yoke and lining:

With right sides together, sew 1.5'' seams at both short ends of the yoke front and back pieces, and press the seams open.

Repeat for the yoke lining front and back pieces, but leave the top 1'' of one of the side seams open.

Press the seams open for the yoke lining pieces, including the seam with the 1'' opening.

Stitch together the yoke and yoke lining around the top long seam, with right sides together and matching the side seams, with the edges of the open section on the yoke side seam abutting each other.

Trim the seam allowance, turn to right side and press.

Sew two rows of topstitching along the waist edge - the space between them will form the casing for the waist elastic, so check it is wide enough for the elastic that you plan to use.

Now for the skirt and petticoats...

Sew together the front and back pieces of the three skirt layers along both side seams, and press the seams open.

Hem and press the bottom edge of each of the three skirt layers.

Place the three skirt layers together. I aligned the hemmed edges so they would all be the same length on the finished skirt, then pinned and basted the top edge. The side seams are quite bulky if they are aligned for all three layers, so I didn't match up the side seams for the middle- and under-skirt layers - it made the gathering easier at the next step.

Mark the centre of the front and back pieces before gathering.

Gather all three layers together, until the top of the skirt is the same length as the lower edge of the yoke.

Pin the gathered edge of the skirt to the yoke, with right sides together, matching the side seams and the centre front/back.

Sew through all layers using a half inch seam allowance to attach the yoke to the skirt.

Trim, and press the seam allowances up towards the yoke.

Press a half-inch hem at the lower edge of the yoke lining, and pin the yoke lining in place inside the skirt.

From the outside, topstitch through all the layers

Almost done! I wanted the petticoat layers to be a bit more visible, so added a little bit of ruching using clear elastic. This might reduce the twirliness of the finished skirt, though, so you could skip this step if you prefer.

Ruched skirt

Mark a vertical line on the outer skirt layer about 5'' in from the left side seam.

Cut your elastic to about half the length of the skirt (mine was 3'').

Then stretch the elastic and sew it onto the wrong side of the skirt along the line you have just marked(I used a wide zig zag stitch, which is very forgiving).

Repeat the ruching process for the middle skirt layer, this time with a slightly longer piece of elastic - I used 4''.

Last of all, thread the waist elastic into its casing at the top of the yoke through the little opening at the top of the side seam (I use a safety pin at one end to wiggle it through). Sew the ends of the elastic together, and then stitch the side seam opening closed.
My waist elastic was 18'' long, about 2'' less than my baby's waist measurement.

There are photos of all these stages at http://runcibledays.blogspot.com/2011/04/frou-frou-skirt-tutorial.html

Enjoy your springtime skirt!

If you make one, please let me know, I would love to see it!
« Last Edit: April 20, 2011 02:23:15 AM by runciblespoon » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2011 07:00:40 AM »

It is cute - lovely for the summer!

« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2011 02:24:24 AM »

Thanks, Taramor! She's really enjoying it - lots of layers to play with.

graceless lady
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011 04:16:32 AM »

Cute skirt! Little girls just seem to love frou-frou, don't they? Oh, who am I kidding; some of us big girls do, too.

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