Mollie Makes - - Tiny Dancer -


1m (393/ 8") main fabric (we used Dash­wood Stu­dios Nor­rland Dou­ble Bor­der in Multi Metal­lic) Long quar­ter of con­trast­ing fabric (we used Dash­wood Stu­dios Nor­rland Ice in White Metal­lic) 1m (393/ 8") tulle fabric Elas­tic, 1m, 2.5cm (1") wide Match­ing sewing thread We all want to break away from the crowd when it comes to Christmas party out­fits, and lit­tle girls are no ex­cep­tion. So, make sure they stand out with a tul­le­lined, twirl-wor­thy skirt you can eas­ily whip up in an evening.

Made us­ing panel fabric, where a whole de­sign is printed across one piece, this mag­i­cal win­ter scene com­bines wood­land an­i­mals and geo shapes for a cute Scandi vibe.

High­light­ing frosty shades with glim­mers of gold, we like to think of it as a luxe take on Nar­nia. And who wouldn’t want to find this at the back of their wardrobe?

01 To cal­cu­late the width, you’ll need to cut the main fabric for the skirt (mea­sure­ment A), take a waist mea­sure­ment, then add on half that amount, plus a 3cm (1¼") seam al­lowance. For ex­am­ple, if the waist mea­sures 54cm (21¼"), you would add 54cm (21¼") + 27cm (105/ 8") + 3cm (1¼") to get 84cm (331/ 8").

02 To cal­cu­late the height (mea­sure­ment B), mea­sure from the waist to just above the knee, then add a 3cm (1¼") hem and 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam al­lowance. For ex­am­ple, if the mea­sure­ment is 20cm (77/ 8"), you would add 20cm (77/ 8") + 3cm (1¼") + 1.5cm ( 5 /8") to get 24.5cm (9¾"). If you’d pre­fer to make a longer skirt, adapt the mea­sure­ment ac­cord­ingly. Cut a piece from the main fabric us­ing mea­sure­ments A and B.

03 Cut a 9cm (35/ 8") x mea­sure­ment A piece from the con­trast­ing fabric for the skirt waist­band.

04 Cut a piece from the tulle lin­ing, us­ing mea­sure­ment A as the width, and mea­sure­ment A mi­nus 6cm (23/ 8") for the length. We used a sin­gle layer of tulle, but to

add more vol­ume to the skirt, cut mul­ti­ple lay­ers of tulle us­ing the same mea­sure­ments.

05 Pin the tulle to the wrong side ( WS) of the skirt fabric, align­ing the top long edges, then sew us­ing a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam al­lowance.

06 Pin the tulle to the short edges of the skirt fabric, 1cm ( 5 /8") in from the edge. Over­lock or zigzag stitch along both short edges.

07 Fold the waist­band fabric in half along the length with WS to­gether and press. Fold one long raw edge to the WS by 1.5cm ( 5 /8") and press. With right sides (RS) to­gether, align the raw long edge and the top of the skirt. Pin and sew. Open out, press the seam to­wards the waist­band, then trim the seam al­lowance by half.

08 Fold the skirt in half along the width, with RS to­gether, and align­ing the short edges. Pin, then sew to cre­ate the back seam. Press open the seam.

09 Fold over the waist­band, us­ing the first crease cre­ated in Step 7, and fold the raw long edge to the WS, us­ing the crease as a guide. Pin in place, 2-3mm ( 1 /8") along the seam where the waist­band and skirt join. Turn the skirt RS out and trans­fer the pins to the RS.

10 Start­ing and fin­ish­ing 4cm (15/ 8") ei­ther side of the back seam, sew the waist­band in place. Sew into the seam cre­ated in Step 7, check­ing to en­sure the waist­band is be­ing caught in the stitch.

11 Us­ing a large safety pin, thread the elas­tic through the chan­nel cre­ated by the waist­band.

12 Over­lap the two ends of the elas­tic by 2cm ( ") and zigzag stitch to­gether. Tuck this join back in­side the waist­band, then pin and sew the gap closed.

13 Fold the bot­tom long edge of the skirt to the WS by 1cm ( 3 /8"), then again by 2cm ( "). Sew us­ing a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam al­lowance.

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