Want to make one for yourself or your little one?
Grab some fabric and some wide elastic, and let's get sewing! You'll have a new skirt in no time. Promise.
(The glasses were all her idea!)
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You will need:
Fabric. I used 1/2 a yard for this skirt for my 3 year old. I imagine you'll need 1 yard to make one for an adult.
Wide elastic. I used 2 inch elastic. If it were for me I may go with the three inch wide elastic.
Measuring stick, ruler, or tape measure.
Fabric Marker (optional).
Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors
First things first. Let's get the measurements for cutting your fabric.
First, get your elastic waist band measured and cut.
Wrap your elastic around your little one's waist. Make sure it is nice and comfortable, not too tight and not too loose. Mark or place a pin were the elastic feels comfortable. For seam allowances, add one inch to that. Cut your elastic.
My elastic ended up being 20 inches long for my three year old.
Next you will measure your elastic when it is stretched out. Stretch your elastic just about as much as possible and measure the length.
For those who need a formula:
[Stretched elastic length + 1 inch] / 2 = Skirt Width Measurement.
If you need an example, my elastic was 38 inches when stretched so I added 1 inch and got a measurement of 39 inches. I divided by two and got 19.5. 19.5 was the width of my skirt panels.
To get the length of the skirt, measure the length of a skirt that you already have.
Add the width of your elastic plus 2 inches to your length measurement. Jot that measurement down.
Here's the formula:
Desired length of skirt + (width of elastic+2 inches) = skirt length measurement.
For example, my desired finished length was 11.5 inches. My elastic was 2 inches wide so I added 4 inches to my desired skirt length. My skirt length measurement ended up being 15.5 inches.
So I cut two rectangles that were 19.5 inches by 15.5 inches.
Whew. The hard part is over. : )
Now it's time to sew!
With right sides together, sew both side seams using 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Next, you will hem both the top and the bottom of your skirt. Fold down your fabric 1/2 inch. Press.
Fold down your fabric another 1/2 an inch to hide the raw edges. Press in place.
Do this for both the top and the bottom of your skirt.
Now you will mark the four mid points of your elastic waist band. You are essentially dividing your elastic up into four equal parts. I used pins to mark my midpoints because my elastic was black. Feel free to use a fabric marker instead. Here is how I did it:
Using the seam you just sewed as one mid point, fold your elastic on the seam and mark or place a pin on the opposite end. (If you are pinning, don't pin the elastic together. You are just using the pin to mark a midpoint on your elastic! : ) )
Line up the mark (or pin) you just placed and the seam in your elastic and mark (or pin) the midpoints on the opposite ends. Thank goodness for photos!
(If using pins, remember not to pin your elastic together; only use the pins to mark the midpoints!)
Now find the four midpoints for the skirt as well. Your side seams will be the first two midpoints. Find the other two midpoints by lining up your side seams, mark or place a pin on the two opposite sides.
Stitch 1/4 inch below the top of your elastic stretching your elastic to fit your fabric as you sew. I repeat... make sure you stretch your elastic as you sew so you won't get any puckers in your fabric! I learned this from experience.
Do the same for the bottom of the elastic. Sew 1/4 of an inch above the bottom of the elastic, stretching your elastic to fit your fabric as you sew.
That's it!! You're DONE!