Apr 25, 2011

Flower Garden Gathered Skirt Tutorial

Here is the skirt tutorial I did last week for Creation Corner.
It is skirt wearing weather out here...yippee.

Oh AND this skirt is totally doable in any size...I just made up some tiny girl skirts, 
I will show those off a little later.

You will need:

1 1/2- 2 yards of fabric
3/8" elastic cut to your measurements (do this buy gently pulling your elastic around your waist, stretching it so that it comfortably and snuggly sits at your waist)
coordinating thread

1. Measure your waist, or where you want your skirt to hit.

2. Cut two rectangles of fabric, each measuring the width of your waist plus 1", and how long you want your skirt plus 4 1/2".

3. Cut two strips measuring 4" by 44" (this gave me a long tie in the front)

4. Sew the two rectangles together, right sides facing with a 1/" seam allowance. Making a giant tube. Press seams.

5. For the hem of the skirt, press the fabric up 1/2" all the way around the bottom of your skirt.

6. Fold up another 1/2" and press all the way around the skirt.

 7. Turn right side out and sew your hem in place, about 1/2" from the edge. Press.

8. For the top hem, start by folding and pressing in 1/2" all the way around the top.

9. Next, fold over again, but this time 2". Press as you go all the way around the skirt again.

10. Sew hem in place first about 2" from the top edge making your stitches are securing the hem. Leave an opening in your stitching between the start and finish. This will be where you insert your elastic. Sew another line of stitching 1 1/2 inches from the first line of stitching. This will be the casing for your elastic. There is no need to leave a hole in the stitching for the top stitching.

11. Take your precut elastic and pin a safety pin in one end. While holding on to the other end, feed the elastic through the casing .

12. When you are all done, pinch the ends of the elastic together and remove the safety pin.

13. While holding the elastic together, feed the ends through the machine and secure with a zigzag stitch.

14. Bunch and gather your skirt evenly.

15. For the waistband, iron strips in half.

16. Stitch along one of the short edges and all the way up the long open edge. Repeat with the other strip.

17. Turn out both strips. Press.

 18. Sew the two strips together at the ends where you turned them out (aka the open ends). This will make a long belt type piece.

19. Pick the back of your skirt. Locate the middle and pin the center of the belt you just sewed to the cent of the back. Sew a single line from the top of the band to the bottom attaching it to the back, kind of like a permanent belt loop.

Pulling the belt somewhat tight, pin the belt in place along each side seam. Sew in place,again like a stitched belt loop.


Now you just need to put on your lovely Springy skirt, tie a marvelous bow in the front and put on a pair of sandals...unless you are me and are in the middle of Spring downpours, then pair it up with a pair of boots and a jean jacket.

Thanks for stopping by!


Cat said...

Oh, your skirt turned out gorge!!! Love the "paperbag waist" detail and the floral print is devine. Plus, it looks kinda on the simple side to make (may just have to borrow mums sewing machine and try it out!)

Loving your blog, btw!

xx Cat brideblu

Tasha said...

Thanks again for participating. I LOVE this skirt. I will be making myself one or five for this summer ;)

sandandstarfish said...

this is so amazing! thanks for the tutorial... I'm definitely going to make a couple!

Elyse said...
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Elyse said...

I was looking for a simple skirt to make for 4th of July when I found this tutorial. This is the first clothing item I've ever sewn. It was sooooo easy, quick and CUTE!! I just love the skirt and will be making more!! Thank you :))

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helene.he said...

Hello I like your skirt I would like make it but I'm french and I don't understand the measures? Can you translate it in french or inch? Please


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