This month I’m bringing you a super easy introduction to making children’s clothes. This tutorial is good for beginners or sewers looking to boost their confidence. The skirt will fit most 3 year old’s, but can stretch and will sit just above the knee.
You will need:
. 2 pieces of material (I used light cotton) measuring 45cm (width) 25.5cm (height)
. Fabric scissors
. Cotton to match your material
. Sewing needle
. 47cm elastic
Iron your material and cut out your 2 pieces
To make the edge of your skirt neat you’ll need to create a hem. You can use bias binding, but to keep it simple we’ll be making a simple hem. Turn over a few cm’s of material and pin into place.
Use back stitch to sew your hem. Back stitch is an easy, strong stitch. If you’re not sure how to do back stitch you can find tons of tutorials on youtube [link]
If you want to add sequins or decoration to your skirt, now is the time to do it before you sew your pieces together.
Once you’ve done your hem on both pieces of material, put your material right-side together, and pin around an inch from the edge of your material, on both the left and the right. This is going to be your seam. Use back stitch again to sew up your sides.
Press your seams open. This is the easiest option for beginners, but if you want extra neat seams you can find my tutorial here: How to neaten a seam
Turn your skirt the right way around. It should be starting to resemble a skirt.
Now we have to make the waist band. Take your elastic, and fold the top of the material over it, leaving some excess, and pin in to place (see below). Do this on both sides, and remove the elastic.
Note: make sure your seam is flat, not folded over:
Use back stitch to sew all around your waist band, leaving a couple of inches to feed the elastic through.
Attach a safety pin to the end of your elastic and feed it through the waist band.
Once your elastic is all the way through, overlap the ends by about an inch, and sew together.
Sew the gap up, and adjust until ruffles are even all around, and voila! you’ve just made a skirt!
Once you’ve gained some confidence the sky is he limit! But if you’re looking for something read-made take a look at my newly uploaded collection of eco-friendly upcycled clothing [Link] including the piece I mentioned in a recent post, inspired by St Dwynwen’s/Valentine’s day. Simply click the images below for more pictures and details.