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!

19 comments:

Marlise said...

Wondering how big you can go with this? I have a 10 yr who would love this. Any extra strips needed? I can't wait to try this out on her.
Thanks for the pattern
Marlise

Janis said...

Awww, it's so cute! The non-traditional colors are a nice change too. It's a winner!

Vickie E said...

cute one! thanks Sherri

quiltcetera said...

this is too sweet! I have a 2 year old who definately needs one of these!
Bradie

Rhonda said...

I made one, and attached the skirt to the 3/4 mark on a Tshirt, my five year old can just pull it over her head! She loves it. Thanks Sherri

Kim Walus said...

My 2 year old grandaughter would love one of these. I'll have to start looking through my stash. Thanks for the great tutorial.

jojoebi said...

Hi, I hope you don't mind, I have added one of your tutorials to my 100+ fat quarter tutorials post, thank you for sharing :o)
jo
http://jojoebi.blogspot.com/2010/02/fabric-swap-100-fat-quarter-tutorials.html

Andrea said...

I love this skirt...if only I had a little girl to sew for!

Sheri Howard said...

Yes Marlise, you can make this any size and a honey bun should be enough for your size 10 as there is plenty of fabric. Follow the measurements and calculations. Email me if you need to! Good luck! ~~Sheri Howard

lissa said...

how wonderful festive. Make even a grown up want to wear one and twirl around.
Thanks Sherri

Stephanie said...

where are the printable view's at on your recent posts? love these patterns/recipes!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Very cute Sherri!

Meet Virginia said...

i love this! would it be weird if i made one for me! i just love the colors its so fun!

~Morgan
http://meetvirginiaandroo.blogspot.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MeetVirginiaShop?page=1

Scattered Threads said...

Beautiful. Need a quick one for easter. Thanks a mil.
Jackie.

sue said...

Love these projects for my granson's and great niece's. Don't seem to understand the waist band though for the twisty-twirly skirt. To me it seems that multiplying would make it huge!! Working on it now.
sue

sue said...

The senior moment has passd and now the measurements make sense. The Twisty -twirly skirt is now taking shape.
sue

The College Knitter said...

I just finished this skirt for my nieces 2nd birthday and it turned out so well, the tutorial was great and so easy to follow as a beginning sewer.

This is the link to my blog with a picture of the actual skirt. Thanks so much!

http://adventuresofambitiousknitter.blogspot.com/2010/06/twirly-girly-skirt-for-gracie.html

Pine Cottage Creative Arts Talk said...

How charming and thanks for sharing such a cute idea! My grand-daughter is only a year and a half but I think she will LOVE it and I can't wait to make one!

Onimuoyinbo said...

Made this skirt and it is sooooooooo sweet and easy to make. Had to cut my own honey buns but I really loved making it. Hope the little girl I made it for loves it.
Thank you so much for this.