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!

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