Twirly Skirt Tutorial

The other day I was in the fabric store picking out some fabric for a custom apron that I had been asked to sew.  Well, when I was there I saw the perfect fabric to make a twirly skirt for my 2 yo daughter.  I was reading Captivating, at the time, and thought that a perfect little sparkly twirly skirt would be a great gift for my little woman.  So, I made one up and here is my tutorial.  Please excuse the photos.  I’m afraid that I have not yet had my camera fixed and I am really missing it.  While my Sony was top-of-the-line when I got it… that is now eight years ago!

Without further delay my Rooty-Tute-Tuesday Twirly Skirt!  (Please keep in mind that I just invented this in my head, so I don’t have exact measurements or anything.  If you like it, you might need to figure out your measurements… or just guess, like I did.)

1) I figured that for the length I wanted I could just fold the fabric in half and cut my strips from there.  So, I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and then cut along the fold so that I had two pieces the same size.dsc07263
2) Then I cut all the fabric into pieces that were wider at one end, than the other.dsc072643) Then I cut them all into this neck-tie shape.dsc072664) and sewed them (right-sides together) into one big long line with the narrow ends together and the points hanging down.  Then sewed the two far ends together to make a skirt.dsc07267dsc072685) Next, I lined up a piece of fabric along the top and sewed it (right sides together) to create a waistband.dsc072696) I folded that over and sewed it down, leaving a gap through which to push the elastic to create my completed skirt.dsc07270Without any more waiting, the “b-you-da-ful” princess put on her skirt and started twirling.  She’d been hovering over my shoulder the whole time.  Impressively, the whole thing only took me about half-an-hour to make!!  Also, I decided not to finish the bottoms, like I wanted to, because this fabric is brutal to sew with just my sewing machine.  The serger just ripped through it but I just about broke my needle on my machine with the silly sequins. Voila!

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

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