Twisty-Twirly Girly Skirt


Twisty-twirly girly skirt

 

by Sheri Howard
If you need a Spring or Easter skirt for your little darling, here is an easy, fast way to have one of your very own.

1 Honey Bun– I used Happy Campers by American Jane.
I was so excited I unrolled it before I took a picture with it’s cute tag!
1/2 yard coordinating fabric for waist band and skirt band.
3/4″ elastic
1- cute model –my neighbor!

 

Rick-rack to go around skirt bottom if desired.



All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

 

MEASURING
1.) Measure the length from the waist to the middle of the knee cap of your luck little lady. This will be the length of the honey bun strips for the skirt body. For example: 10″
2.) Measure the waist of your lucky lady. You will need this measurement to know how many strips for the skirt body. Your skirt body needs to be 4 times the waist measurement. for example: waist measurement 20″ Skirt body will be 80″
3.) Determine how many strips you can get from a length of honey bun based on 42″ strips. For example: waist to knee length 10″ you can get 4 lengths per strip. This math is not too hard because the finished size of the strips are 1″ So, I need 20 full strips from the honey bun that will be cut to 10″
Good luck trying to choose just 20!
You don’t have to use just 20, mix and match any of the strips.

 

SEWING
1.) Sew the 42″ length of the honey bun strips into groups of 2. Press seams all one way.
2.) Cut into length measuring the waist to knee. For example: 10″ Don’t panic yet because you will still add some length with the waistband and skirt band.
3.) Sew the groups of 2 into groups of 4.
4.) Sew groups of 4 into groups of 8 then 16 etc. until you have the needed strips. For example: 80 strips. Press seams all one way. Sew ends together to form a circle.

 

WAIST BAND
1.) Cut 1- waist band 6″ x waist size plus 8″ For example: (6″ x 20″ + 8″) = 6″ x 28″waistband.
2.) Sew together end to end to make a circle using a 1/4″ seam.
3. Press under 1/4″ from top.

4.) Measure and turn down 1″ for elastic casing.

5.) Sew around waist band and make sure to leave an opening for elastic. Don’t insert elastic until skirt is finished.


ADDING WAIST BAND

1.) Gather skirt onto waist band using about a 1/2″- 5/8″ seam.

2.) Top stitch along gathered seam to help gathers lay flat.

BOTTOM SKIRT BAND
1.) Cut 1- bottom band 4″ x width of skirt body plus 1/2″ for seam. For example :
(4″x 80″ + 1/2″) = 4″ x 80 1/2″ bottom skirt band.
2.) Sew together end to end to make a circle using a 1/4″ seam. Press seam open.

3.) Press bottom skirt band wrong sides together length of band.

4.) Sew to bottom of skirt body. I like to zig-zag or overlock the band and skirt to eliminate strings after washing.

5.) Press band toward band and top stitch to help keep strips laying flat.

ELASTIC
1.) Measure waist and cut elastic that measurement. Thread through waistband casing over lapping 1/2″ on ends. Sew casing closed. Try it on your lucky little lady!

RICK-RACK OPTION

Add medium rick-rack over the top stitching along the bottom band. So Cute!

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