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Topic: I made a bubble skirt! NOW WITH DIY TUTORIAL!(pics)  (Read 79021 times)
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« on: March 16, 2006 05:36:38 PM »

I've wanted to make a  bubble skirt for the longest time.. and i finally did! It's a mini bubble skirt coming about mid-thigh. It's red with little white dots and these fuscia splashes (that really arent as bright as they are on camera).

To make it, I basically put two skirts in one.. a pencil skirt underneath, and a circle skirt sewed on top and I gathered the circle skirt and sewed it to the bottom of the pencil skirt. It was a lot easier than i thought it would be. I gotta say I'm proud of how it turned out!

here are the pics:

what do you think?

**new tutorial: i hope its clear

-get about 1.5 metres of the fabric of your choice.. the stiffer the fabric, the more "poof" it will have.
1. measure your hips, and add about 2 inches to that measurement. cut a rectangle to that length, and have the width about an inch or two shorter than you want your skirt to be. sew the 2 sides so that you end up with a tube.
2. now measure your waist (or where you want you skirt to sit) and cut a band of fabric to this length with a width of 4 inches and put it aside.
3. make a circle skirt.take your fabric, fold in in half, and fold it in half again. divide your waist measurement by four and cut a quarter circle to this measurement so that when you open it up, your fabric will have a hole in the middle that will fit your waist (but dont open it up yet!) . measure how long you want the skirt to be and cut around the 1/4 circle making sure it stays an equal length away from it. now open it up. you should have a donut of fabric.
4. sew the tube from step 1 to the circle skirt from step 3. you should end up with a skirt that fits you closely with a longer, flowy one on top.
5. now sew on the band of fabric from step 2 to make the waistband. hem the edge.
6. gather or "ruche" the flowy skirt so that its width will be the width of the tube. this give it its poofiness!
7. sew the bottom of the flowy skirt to the bottom of the tube.
8. Voila! you're done!

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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2006 06:13:54 PM »

Now I see them - looks great!!!!   What an awesome idea to sew two skirts together to make it flare out like that.   Good job!

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2006 08:17:26 PM »

can you post some pics of the inside?

I get using the A-line skirt on the inside and the circle on the outside, but I dont really get how the two are coming together to create the poofy without bunching unevenly.

With two layers, isnt it hot (temperature wise) to wear?
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2006 01:56:45 PM »

Wow, love the colors. pretty.
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2006 12:09:30 AM »

That's one cute skirt! I feel inspired now.  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2006 08:44:53 AM »

Your skirt looks really nice. I am thinking about  making something like that as well.... but I have no idea how... Does every fabric give that bubble-effect? Or do I need a special kind of fabric?

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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2006 08:55:48 AM »

I was wondering the same thing.  Did you gather it at the bottom with elastic?  Or what? 

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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2006 04:47:41 PM »

i'll try to answer all your questions..

Gestalta_Sara heres a pic:

you gather the circle skirt(by hand) before sewing it (with the machine) to the pencil skirt/tube underneath, so its even. it's not hot, but I haven't worn it in hot weather yet, so we'll see. It's also a mini skirt.. i don't think you can get hot in those lol.


I used sort of a stiff fabric, and i think the stiffer your fabric the more poofy it can be because for example t-shirt fabric wouldn't 'stick up' i guess?

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I gathered it by hand, just making big stiches so that when you pull it gathers together. elastic would probably work too.

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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2006 06:59:41 PM »

your drawings are adorable!  I may have to try this. I have some black and green plaid taffeta that needs to be used for something cool Smiley 

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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2006 07:04:16 PM »

thanks for the picture.  i think i get it.

i cant wait to get some free time to try and make one of my own!
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