Friday, March 25, 2011

Scalloped Skirt Tutorial

Friday, March 25, 2011
Here it is, at long last! My skirt for March's Point of View theme. :) I LOVE this skirt, it makes me giddy just looking at it.
And I am so thankful for my neighbor who took these pictures for me, since I can never get this little one to sit still or get far enough away from me to take a decent picture.

So, Ready to make one for yourself? These measurements will make a skirt that will fit a toddler size 2-4.

You will need three sections of fabric, the waistband, the over skirt and the underskirt. I used 1 yard of the main fabric and 1/2 yard of the coordinating fabric. You will also need 3/4" elastic. Let's get cutting! The waistband will be 5" X 27", the over skirt will be 54" X 11" (I did two 27" by 11" pieces) and the underskirt (coordinating fabric) will be 36" X 12". All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.


Sew the short sides of each section to make three tubes of fabric. Zig zag stitch or serge the seams to keep from fraying. Press one side of the over skirt and underskirt into a 1/2" hem. {fold up 1/2", press, fold up another 1/2" press} For the waistband piece you will need to make a casing for the elastic. Fold over one side 1/2" ,press, and then fold over another 1", press. Sew all the hems/casing. {stitch the hems at 3/8" seam allowance, and sew the casing at 7/8" seam allowance- leaving 1-2" open for threading the elastic}
Now we are going to mark our fabric for gathering. Take each piece and on the un-finished edge mark at the 1/4 point. The easiest way is to match up the side seams, fold in half and mark on the fold point. {see picture} Make sure to mark both sides of fabric so you have four gathering marks.
We also need to mark for the scallop gathers. We are going to make 4" lines from the hemmed edge of the fabric tube. Each of the lines should be 8 3/4" from the side seams. This will divide the front into 3 sections. Repeat for the back side. Make a mark 4" up on each of the side seams as well.
Now, set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length. We are going to sew around the unfinished sides of both skirt pieces at 1/4" seam allowance {over and underskirt}. You will also sew up each of the 4" lines marked on the over skirt {total of 6}. DO NOT BACKSTITCH ON ANY OF THESE GATHERING POINTS. :)
We are going to make our scallops now! {hang in here with me} Turn your fabric over to the wrong side. Pull on the bobbin thread and use a pin or needle to pull the needle thread so it's on the wrong side of the fabric too. Make a knot.
Pull the needle thread to the wrong side of the fabric on the other end of the gathering stitches. Pull one of the threads to gather the fabric until the gather is 2" long. Tie a knot. Repeat 5 more times to gather all the scallops.
Put your sewing machine back on a normal stitch length. Sew over the gathers along the over skirt. Make sure to backstitch on each end. You may want to sew over it twice to secure the gathers. Now on to putting the skirt together. {finally!}
We're going to switch fabrics here because when I made the first skirt I forgot to take pictures of these next steps. ;) Take your over skirt and gather the fabric. With right sides together pin it to the waistband. {not shown} Make sure to match up the markings so the gathers are even.
Sew around the seam at 3/8" seam allowance. Repeat with the underskirt, this time though the right side of the underskirt will be matched up with the wrong side of the over skirt. Gather fabric, match up markings, pin and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance.
Trim seam to a generous 1/4" seam allowance, finish the seam (zig zag or serge), press toward the waistband and top stitch.

Now all that's left is threading the elastic and closing the opening. Measure the waist of the wearer and add 1" for overlap. Cut your elastic to this length. Using a safety pin stuck in one side thread the elastic through the casing of the waistband. Overlap the elastic and stitch to secure. Pull the elastic so it's enclosed in the casing and stitch the opening shut! We....Are....Done!!!

And now you have this most darling of skirts to enjoy on your little one. :) I had so much fun making this skirt for our first ever Point of View, a Creative Collaboration! I hope you'll head over to Stacy's blog and see all the other Points of View on "skirts"! And while you're there, link up your own posts and let your Point of View be heard. :)


xoxo,

Amy

p.s. Please remember that while you are free to use this tutorial to make your own skirts, reproducing the tutorial for any reason is not allowed! Feel free to link away, but please respect my copyright.

Linking up to Craft Goodies, Spunky Junky, Tatertots and Jello, Sew Many Ways, Think Pink with Flamingo Toes and Whatever Goes Wednesday on Someday Crafts
Tidy Mom this blessed nest

38 comments:

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

Ahh! This is adorable! I am adding this to my ever expanding to do list which consists of about half of YOUR dang blog.

Wendy@Craft Goodies said...

I seriously want your sewing skills! This is SO cute, I'd be giddy too.
Thanks for linking, your awesome-
Wendy

Rachel said...

I love everything about that skirt, I'm bookmarking it for next summer.

Ellie said...

I love this skirt. It's the cutest scalloped skirt I have ever seen. Definitely on my to-do list.

Ellie
http://homestitiched.blogspot.com

Amy (naptimecrafters) said...

ADORABLE!! And it looks so easy too which is perfect! I'll be featuring you as a friday fav next week at naptimecrafters.blogspot.com

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

So adorable, Amy. I love the fabric combination. And I love the little waistband section around the top. This is just way too cute. The pictures turned out great.

BakingMama said...

This skirt is the cutest! I'd love to try to make a couple for my girlies!

A.Vang said...

Oh my goodness! This is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. It just moved to the top of my to do list. The dishes will have to wait! Thanks

Kara said...

This is do darn cute! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial. It's going into my "to make" file. :)

roxybonds said...

I love this skirt! Thanks for the tutorial :)

Sharon said...

Too cute!! I am going to have to make this skirt, thanks for sharing!

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

what a cute little skirt! Love it! And the bright colorful fabric you chose is fabulous!

Misty said...

So, so, so cute!!!

Jen said...

This is adorable! You've got some mad sewing skills! Visiting from www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com, I hope you'll come check my blog out too!

April said...

Absolutely adorable! Thanks for the tutorial! I would love for you to link this to my Sew Crafty Party! And while your there check out all the Spring Fling Giveaways including my Bustle Back Spring Dress! Hope to see you there!

http://wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2011/03/sew-crafty-saturday.html

Dora, the Quilter said...

I love this skirt too!

Jocelyn said...

Hi! I found you through WhipperBerry. I love this skirt! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to save it for when I feel like I've reached that skill level. I'm so initimidated by sewing clothes!

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

I wanted to let you know we featured this on WhipperBerry today. Come grab a featured button if you would like!

Amanda said...

I featured you today! Woot Woot! :) Graat job!

Amanda

www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

Hollie - TheSevenYearCottage.com said...

That skirt is absolutely adorable!

Amanda said...

You are in the top 10 at Today's Top 20 for Blogger of the month! Congrats! Time to get your vote on! :) Good luck!

Amanda
www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

Love how many features your skirt is getting! I had it set to feature today as well, it is well deserved! So cute!

http://www.mesewcrazy.com/2011/04/sew-crazy-favorite-features.html

Spunky Junky said...

featured you at sj today. Those lil' legs are stickin' cute, and I guess the dress is too. hahaha.

halz

The SPANGLER said...

Gorgeous Skirt - love the fabrics... stop by if you get a chance and check out a similar skirt style I did a tute on too!
Cheers
The Spangler
DOUBLE LAYER TWIRLY SKIRT ... it used elasticised thread to achieve the ruched/pickup look!

Connie the crafterbug said...

This is so adorable! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!
Connie
http://thecrafterbug.blogspot.com/

noolygirl said...

adorable!!!! so gonna make this for my little one for Passover!! thank you!!!!!

SNL said...

So precious!! Thank you for sharing!

http://imsewinlove.blogspot.com/

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Pinkie said...

This skirt is so beautiful. I just got a sewing machine for Christmas but haven't used it yet because I'm a little intimidated by it. I am bookmarking this tutorial for when I get the nerve up. LOL

casserole said...

This is sooo pretty!! I love those scallops around the hem! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-scalloped-gathered-skirt-for-little-girls/2011/04/08/

--Anne

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

This is just gorgeous, definitely going to make it for my little girl! Thanks for the tute!

Megan said...

I thnk this is sooo cute. I would love to copy it... Wondered what emblishments you used on her sweater? What type of flowers are those? It looks darling.

Also, I am not new to sewing but I am new to adjusting patterns.. how would I change this to fit a girl size 5-7?

Megan

Amy said...

I LOVE your scalloped skirt! It went directly into my "to do" folder and now I've chosen it to finish for Funky Polkadot Giraffe's "Bookmarked Challenge"! So I've done a post about it and linked back to you...you can check it out at
http://sittingatourkitchentable.blogspot.com/2011/04/bookmarked-challenge.html
Thanks! And I hope mine turns out half as cute as yours!!!

Amy

Jami said...

This skirt is delicious! I love it! :D great tutorial BTW :D

Andrea said...

Super cute!! Loving it!

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

Jeremy, Lana, Brenna and Mason said...

I just did this today since I've been wanting to forever! Thank you for the tutorial.. such a cute skirt! This is how mine turned out (bad pictures) and I put a link to the tutorial!
http://jeremycookfamily.blogspot.com/2011/06/tuesdays-project.html

elliesue said...

You are right, I just can't stop looking at this skirt either, but I was thinking a slightly older girl, say 4-6.
But thank you for the Tutorial I will put it to good use having 3 granddaughters.
Elaine

Kim Conner said...

This is the cutest little skirt EVER. I am in love with the scallops! Thanks for a great tutorial. :) I shared this today for Skirt Week at seven thirty three. :)

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