I have a small bag of random Halloween fabric scraps that I’ve used for wall quilts and other small things. I was pilfering through it the other day in search of some fabric I didn’t care about when I came across these three fabrics that I thought were too cute to sit in a box in my garage.
This would be a fun skirt with non-holiday fabric, and even crazy holiday fabric that maybe would normally make the cutest skirt…
I tried out a new skirt idea that was so easy. It was fast and fun!
-coordinating fabrics (I used three for the top layer and 1 for the bottom layer)
-1 inch non-roll elastic
-I used my serger to finish the edges quickly (rolled hem) but you could hem it instead with your regular machine.
-rotary cutter, scissors, pins, etc
Top layer: 42 inches wide x 11 inches long
Bottom layer: 42 inches wide x 13 inches long
Begin by measuring your girlie. Ivy has a 21/21 1/2″ waist, and I wanted the skirt to be about 12 inches long. I rounded, and doubled the size of her waist (ish) which told me that I needed my skirt width to be about 42 inches around.
I started out with these 3 coordinating fabrics. I cut them into 3 1/2″ strips that were 11 inches in length. I figured with seam allowances, etc we’d be pretty close to 42 inches.
14 blocks was perfect for the top layer. I sewed them all together in 1 giant loop.
Next, I cut the bottom layer to be exactly the same width as my top layer (which was about 42 inches) but this time made it to be 13″ long. So, the bottom layer is a 42″ x 13″ rectangle.
This is what it should look like now:
To finish the bottom of each layer, I used a rolled hem on my serger.
Next insert the entire top layer into the bottom layer both with right sides facing out like this:
and stitch together, all the way around the skirt. I serged the top of mine. This is what you should get:
Next flip the top layer outside and iron the same down.
Mark 1 1/2″ down from the top seam to mark the casing for your elastic. Start at the back, and sew a perimeter around leaving a 2-3″ inch opening to feed the elastic through.
After feeding the elastic through the casing, stitch up the hole, and you’re done.