June 20, 2013

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.

Materials Needed:

– fabric (amount depends on the size of your model)
– matching thread
– 3/4″ elastic
– pins
– sewing machine

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Stitch close to folded edge of waistband leaving a one inch opening for the elastic.

Stitch again one inch up from the first stitching.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Stitch along hem fold at 1 1/2″ to finish the hem of the skirt.
Press everything.


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  • Reply lsaspacey June 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Ooh, toddler chic! Love her little fashion-y poses too.

  • Reply gingermakes June 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Oooh, how cute! I recognize that fabric! I’m still hoarding mine in the hopes that Jen from Grainline will release her blazer pattern this fall. 🙂 This looks seriously cool on Alpha!

  • Reply lisa g. June 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    this is so cute! i can’t convince my kids to tuck in their shirts for the sake of fashion, so the waistband would be a lost feature, but i totally love it!

  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe June 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Love it! I’m pinning this to my sewing for girls board. Looks tres chic.

  • Reply Zynthia Jastremski June 21, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Cute, cute,cute

  • Reply Jaclyn O'Hara June 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    I pinned this because it is too cute 🙂 I am IN LOVE with the fabric! So Paris-esque chic!

  • Reply Leah June 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    This is really cute! 🙂

    Hey, thanks for dropping by my blog! I replied to your question about the author box! 🙂

  • Reply laurasblog385 July 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    this is lovely

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