I love making clothing for my daughter in silhouettes that reflect clothing that I would want to wear. She has a closet full of gathered and circle skirts, but I wanted to make her something with a slimmer style. This tutorial will show you how to make up a child’s skirt that is straighter through the hips and thighs, with a gathered “paperbag” waistline.
– fabric (amount depends on the size of your model)
– matching thread
– 3/4″ elastic
– sewing machine
Take the following measurements of your model:
length (from bellybutton to where you want the skirts hem to hit)
Now cut two pieces of fabric according to the following equations:
width = hips / 2 + ease (2″) + seam allowance (1″)
height = length + paperbag(1 1/2″) + facing (2 3/4″) + hem (1 3/4″)
Cut a piece of elastic to fit your model’s waist plus 1/2 inch for seam allowance.
*My fabric for a size 3T girl was 13 1/2″wide x 15″ height
Fold both pieces of fabric in half lengthwise. Starting at about half way down (hip) gradually grade down width until 1 inch less at the hem.
Open and stitch the two pieces (right sides together) with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
optional – serge or finish edges on all sides.
Fold down waist by 1/4″ and then again by 2 1/2″. Pin and press.
Fold the hem up by 1/4″ and then again by 1 1/2″. Pin and press.
Stitch close to folded edge of waistband leaving a one inch opening for the elastic.
Stitch again one inch up from the first stitching.
Thread elastic through the casing that you just created. Sew together elastic by overlapping ends by 1/4 inch. Sew up opening on skirt.
Stitch down the middle of the the elastic casing through both layers of fabric and elastic. Stretch elastic as you sew so that the fabric is flat.