A few weeks ago I decided to participate in the Skirt Week hosted by Crafterhours. I read about it last year but did not get involved. I really wanted to give it a go this time. I started thinking what skirt to enter. I thought my version of the Peggy skirt looked pretty cute. However I wanted to make something original... I am not sure if my unsatisfied cravings for a scalloped dress kicked in when I started thinking of a new skirt design. I had a very vivid image of a reversible scalloped skirt, so I had to make one for my Little Monkey. Long story short...
While she was sleeping, I made the Bluebell Skirt for my Little Monkey.
I made the skirt long as we have a few cold months ahead. I think Little Monkey will get a lot of wear out of it. This is her favourite skirt now.
I thought the skirt required a matching necklace :) You can find a tutorial here.
I am not sure what is going on here...
The cool thing about the Bluebell skirt - it is reversible! Ta-da!
Would you like to make a Bluebell skirt? It is actually not difficult! Please click Read more to see tutorial!
You will need:
- two pieces of fabric - one for the outer layer, one for the lining
- measuring tape
- paper (baking paper, printing paper, old bills, etc.)
- scissors (both fabric and paper)
- sewing machine
Measure your little one's waist. Let's call it 'Width', or W.
Determine how long you want your skirt to be - above knee? Knee length? Below knee? Now measure your little person from her waist line to the point where you want the skirt to finish. Let's give this measurement a creative name "Length", or L.
If you want a fuller skirt, W x 2. My skirt is about W x 1 1/2. I generally find that skirts look nice when I multiply the waist measurement by 1 1/2 - 2. Don't add seam allowances just yet.
For the length of the skirt, take your little one's measurement L. Don't add seam allowances just yet.
Draw a rectangle on paper using measurements W and L.
Take a cup. Place it on the hem line and mark where the cup 'meets' the hem line like in the photos below,
Now, using your marked cup, outline half-circles:
If the cup you originally picked feels too big or too small... well, grab another one :)
Now transfer your pattern onto fabric. You only need to mark half-circles on either the outer fabric or the lining. Don't cut around the half-circles, but leave a little room underneath them like in the photo below.
Pin the sides of the skirt together and sew the side seam/seams.
Trim excess fabric and press the seam/seams open.
Repeat the above steps for the lining (minus marking the half-circles of course).
Next, insert lining inside the skirt, right sides (brightly coloured sides) facing.
Pin two layers together.
Sew along the line.
Carefully cut as close to the corner as possible.
Trim around the half-circles to turn them out.
Turn the skirt right sides out and press. I don't think I trimmed my corners enough - the fabric gathers a little. I will be more careful next time I make this skirt.
Top-stitch. I reckon top-stitching makes the skirt more interesting. My husband agrees.
Now it is time to make a casing for the elastic. Fold the seam allowance on outer fabric of the skirt inside and press all around the opening.
You will have something like this.
Now, fold your lining fabric inside so it lines up with the outer fabric. Press.
Ready to sew :)
Sew along the top of the skirt about 3-5 mm from the edge of the skirt, leaving a small opening for the elastic.
Determine how much room you need to comfortably fit the elastic. Markings on my plate only go to 2 cm, and I obviously need more than that. I don't want to be guessing, I hate uneven seams. I need a reliable mark. What can I do when there is none? Let me show you the Jenya method.
No marking? No worries. Cut a piece of a post-it-note and sticky-tape it where you need a mark to be. Now the seam should be straight.
Thread the elastic through the casing and secure it.
Top-stitch the opening.
Done! Enjoy :)
Please let me know if you make the Bluebell skirt using this tutorial. I would love to hear from you and have a look at the pictures (if you take pictures of your creations). I would appreciate a link back to this tutorial should you choose to use it.