Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A 15-minute Girly (Big Sister-Li'l Sister) Skirt Tutorial

What a lovely Wednesday morning we are having here in Mallorca! We woke up early, my kids and husband had breakfast while I prepared my Princess for school. I cleaned the house and all the clutter from last night's improvised Gormiti fight between my Li'l Guy and the Big Buy, my hubby. It's already 10:30 and I haven't had my breakfast yet... I prepared my brunch (dry toast, soft cheese and matcha au lait... YUM!), my Li'l Guy positioned his self for his mid-morning breastfeeding ^^) when I remembered that I still haven't shared with you the Girly Skirt I have made for Bethany's kids. Bethany is the genius behind Ivy Twines. She lives in the wild west of Montana with her (yep! you've guessed it right!) cowboy husband and their 2 pretty girls. 

So, I had these pretty fabrics in my stash and I knew it would look pretty as a skirt for her kids. I used a Michael Miller and Brother and Sister Designer Fabric for these Big Sister-Li'l Sister Skirt.

I made a skirt with a pretty bow on the hem for the Li'l Sister Skirt.

for the Big Sister Skirt, I added ties which can be tied into a knot on the front (side or center) 

or into a bow on the back. 

I will show you how I made the basic skirt. You could personalize it... add something pretty and girly... call it your own... bearing your own "trademark" ^^)

I am fond of adding a piece of coordinating fabric to my dresses and skirts hem. You must be wondering why? Aside from saving me time in hemming (I absolutely hate pinning and ironing the fabric to hem. I am a bit impatient... so almost always, I eyeball it), it also looks prettier this way! I think it has become my "trademark" ^^)

Now, let's proceed with the tutorial. This skirt is so easy and quick to make you could even make it with one eye (or both) closed... (maybe not... ^^). It took me 15 minutes to finish 1 skirt, including cutting each fabric piece. It's too easy, really! ^^)

For a 2-3T skirt, we will be using the fabric with its full width, from selvage to selvage. Mine measured approx. 44 inches. Cut it into your desired length. I cut mine 13 inches. I also cut 1 piece of 4" by 44" of the coordinating fabric for the hem. 

You would also need elasticized band for the skirt's waist. Measure your child's waist in inches subtract 2" (if you are using the soft kind of elastic) or 1" when you are using the stiffer kind. But for kids, it is more advisable to use the soft elastic bands... it would leave less marks on their skin (which they tend to scratch, right?) and would allow for you to create a waistline for your skirt that is snug enough with less pressure on their baby skin. I used a 1/2" elastic for this skirt.

With this measurements, we will have a skirt which is 44" wide and 11" long which would be a below the knee skirt length.

Now, take your 4" x 44" fabric. Fold it in half, wrong sides together and align it on your skirt piece, right sides together. Sew a straight stitch, then zigzag or serge. Do not forget to backtrack. Then, topstitch to secure your stitches even more.

Now, fold your skirt (short sides together) in half wrong sides together. Sew a straight stitch, trim the edges so you won't have any frayed edge showing when you do the next step. Turn it inside out, right sides together. You could iron it before sewing straight stitch. Now you have a french hem. For the other side, just sew a straight stitch with your skirt right sides together. This is enough since we did not cut this side of the skirt.

Now, turn your skirt wrong sides together. We now have to make our waist, where we would insert the elastic. You could pin then iron or just eyeball it, making sure you are sewing on a straight line. Fold your skirt's top edge 1/4" then fold it another 1/2 inch. Sew a straight stitch but leave 1"- 1.5" unsewn so you could insert your elastic.

Insert your elastic, sew them together with a zigzag stitch then sew close the unsewn part where you inserted your elastic.

Now, you can add your "personal touch" to your skirt. A pretty bow:

Or a sash:

Now, you still have a couple of minutes to spare! (I know you have! ^^) You can now make some matching hairclips for this girly skirts! You could use our rolled fabric flower tutorial for it.

Now, go look for that pretty fabrics in your stash and make one or two for that special ray of sunshine in your life!

Happy crafty wednesday everyone!

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Fiona said...

Another beautiful and creative post!! The skirt is very nice and I particularly like the hairclip with that cute flower!!

Bethany said...


YOU are a genuis :) I absolutely LOVE them and can't wait to feature you on the blog! It will be fabulous :) The rolled clips are so cute, and the tutorial was so easy to follow for both. Love them!! :)

Nikki said...

Those are GORGEOUS!!!!!! Love the fabric you used :)
Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Heather said...

Great job your skirts are so cute! Thanks for linking up to Your so Very Creative I featured you today go check it out!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

What a fun idea, I love how they are coordinating but not exactly the same. Beautiful fabric choices!

Neoma said...

This looks like a great tutorial! Maybe even I can pull it off! ;) I've only been sewing since december and I just LOVE simple easy tutorials like yours! Thanks!

Kaysi said...

those are stinkin' cute!!! I love the fabrics that you chose!

Ginger said...

Very pretty! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

AmieAnn said...

This is sooo adorable! And I totally love the bow.. I am sure your little girl is the best dress kid in town! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

Malory said...

These are really cute! I love the fabric.


The Root Family said...

I just made this! First time I have ever made a skirt! Thanks for posting! I am so impatient, and I love that this only took me an evening..(Yes, I know more than 15 minutes..) but I DID IT! yahoo. Question...I haven't had a ton of time to check out your blog tonight..Do you live in Mallorca? I live in the Dominican Republic, and there is such a need for crafty stuff in Spanish! Let me know if you know of any cute ones like yours! Thanks Kirsten

The Root Family said...

Just made this dress! I am pretty proud of myself! I am going to try and add a bow tomorrow, not sure if I can figure out the sash. (Obviously a beginner) =) I loved that I could do this in an evening! Question, do you live in Mallorca, Spain? I live in the Dominican Republic and there is such a need for cool crafty blog or sites in Spanish..Do you know of any?
Thanks! Kirsten

Creative Escapes said...

I found this over at All Free Sewing - I think I am going to try and make 2 of these this week for my two little girls.

To Sew With Love said...

Hi, The Root Family. yes, I live in Mallorca but I always look for English sited or blogs, lol ^^) but when I find one, I'll let you know ^^)

SurvivorBlessing said...

I made one of the two skirts yesterday - it took me longer than 15 minutes, but it was still pretty quick and so easy. Thank you so very much for sharing the tutorial, you made a Mami very happy...

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SurvivorBlessing said...

I made the second skirt as well....

Thanks again, this was so much fun!

Jennifer said...

Very cute! I'm going to see if I can make a skirt or two for my niece for Christmas ... and I love the idea of the flower clips with the leftovers ... thanks!

Jenny Layman said...

I just skimmed through the comments, so I'm not sure if this has been asked, but where do you purchase your fabrics. These skirts are perfect my girls.


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