Fabric: Color A- enough for a 10" x 14.25" piece
Color B- 1 yd. (you'll have leftover) out of this,
cut two pieces 14.25"w x 31.5" l
Color C- enough for 4 strips that are 2 1/2"w x 42"l each
Lining Fabric- 2 yds.
Trim for the bottom. 75" (you will probably use about 72" but I always get a tad more than I need)
2 safety pins for threading elastic through casing
Thread in complimenting color
Rotary Cutter and Mat
Acrylic ruler for cutting
Disappearing marker pen
Knitting Needle- helpful but not a "must have"
Step One- Gather up your supplies and make sure that your fabric and trim choices are what you want.
From Color A- cut a piece that is 14.25" w x 10" l
From Color B- cut two 14.25" w x 31.5" l pieces
From Color C- cut four 2 1/2" w x 42" l strips
Step Three- Take your piece of Color A (the middle panel) and fold it in half, right sides together. Using your ruler and disappearing fabric pen (I used a ballpoint on this one b/c the dot is super tiny and will disappear into your seam), mark 2.5" in from the fold. Fold is on the right in this photo.
Then, line your ruler up from the dot you just made down to the bottom left corner. Cut.
When you open it up, your piece should look like this:
|Photo with Color A flipped back to show how it will lie on Color B|
Step Five- Take your other piece of Color B and do the same thing to it on the opposite side. (the left side of Color B.)
Your pieces should look like this now-
|Pinned to Color B Sew 1/4" seam.|
Step Seven- Measure the length of your panel and cut lining fabric to the same length and width.
Step Eight- Pin trim onto bottom and stitch over stiching on trim. (In my case, I had a 1/8" seam.)
Then, flip the skirt so you can see the seam that you sewed on the wrong side of your colored (not lining) fabric when you sewed your trim to it. Use that seam as a guide to stitch all three layers (main fabric, trim, and lining) together.
|The seam is kind of hard to see b/c I used white thread. Stitch down all three layers together.|
Step Eleven- Flip up lining and press the skirt lining side out (right side of main fabric on ironing board, lace trim out. Then, press top seam 1/2" down around the entire top of the skirt. Flip down again another 1" and press again. This will be the casing for your elastic.
After you've trimmed the lining fabric, tuck everything back, repressing the casing folds if you have to. Trimming the lining cuts back on bulk that you would have in your casing otherwise.
Then, starting about 1" away from the back middle seam sew as close to the edge of the casing (the blue line on the photo) as possible, stopping about 3 fingers away from completing the circle around. Backtack at the beginning and end a few steps to make sure your stitches stay put.
|Leave space to insert your elastic|
Step Thirteen- Cut your 3/4" elastic the same size as your child's waist. Pin one side of your elastic to the lining of the skirt, and attach a safety pin to the opposity side to help you thread it through the casing. Thread through, being careful not to twist elastic as you pull. I like to fold back my elastic edges before pinning so the pin won't rip through when you're pulling it through the casing.
After pulling it all the way through. Make sure the elastic isn't twisted in any way and then sew it together back and forth a few times. Push it the rest of the way inside the casing and sew the gap you left closed.
Now you should have this-
Step Fourteen- Take two of your four strips of Color C and put them right-sides together, lining them up. Use your ruler to cut one side at a 45 degree angle.
Repeat with other 2 strips of Color C. Then, turn them right-side out. A knitting needle helps.
Step Fifteen- Press your ties (Color C strips) flat. Then, tuck the raw edge inside of itself and sew closed. Repeat with other tie.
Step Sixteen- Sew short ends (the ones you just tucked inside themselves) of the ties together and then lining them up with the top part of the skirt, secure to one side of the skirt.
Now you can wrap the ties around and tie in a bow on the opposite side.