- 1/2 yard of base fabric (approx 45 inches)
- 1/4 yard for ruffle #1
- 1/4 yard for ruffle #2
- 1/4 yard for ruffle #3 (optional, for sizes 5 and up)
- 2 3/4 length of tulle or netting, 4 inches in height
- 1 1/3 yard of ribbon
- 1/2 yard of 1-inch elastic (you’ll probably have a little left over)
- Straight pins, safety pin, sewing machine, thread
Iron all fabrics first.
Begin by measuring your child from waist to knee. Add 2 1/2 inches for hem and waistband. Cut from selvedge to selvedge. (Our two-year-old measured 10 inches, our eight-year-old measured 16 inches; we then added 2.5 inches to those measurements.) Sew along the selvedge to make a tube out of the fabric.
Add a 1/2 inch hem to the bottom of the skirt.
Next sew the tulle/netting on TOP of the skirt. You want it to hang over the hem about 1/2 inch. I didn’t bother pinning the tulle, I just bunched it as I sewed.
Now we’ll cut the ruffle strips. Cut each 1/4 strip of fabric into two 4-inch strips. (You’ll have 1 inch of scrap.) Put these right-sides together and sew along the short edge to make one LONG strip. Hem the strip with 1/2 inch seam along the bottom.
Next we’re going to use the sewing machine’s longest stitch (or basting stitch) to sew along the top of each strip. DO NOT BACKSTITCH. Leave the strands of thread long when you cut them from the sewing machine. Repeat these steps for all the ruffles.
It’s time to put the ruffles on! You can gently pull the loose thread on the top of your ruffle to tighten your pleats. Pin around the circumference of your skirt, covering the top stitching of your tulle. Make sure that the ruffle is even all the way around. Sew in place, and repeat for remaining ruffles.
Pin the ribbon in place, covering up the top stitch of your uppermost ruffle. Make sure it’s straight! Sew along the top and bottom of the ribbon. You can add a little bow to the side of the ribbon if you’d like.
Now sew the pocket for your elastic by folding over the top of your skirt 2 inches. Sew the pocket, leaving the ends unsewed so you can thread the elastic through.
Put a safety pin through the end of your elastic. Use a straight pin to tack down the other end by the opening of the waistband. Hold onto the safety pin and scrunch the elastic through the pocket. Once it’s through, try the skirt on your girl and pull the elastic so it’s snug and comfortable. Sew ends of elastic together, and sew the waistband openings shut.