HOW TO MAKE… A PARTY SKIRT
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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