A few weeks ago I sewed that blue and white skirt for Clara and sort of had a project fail.
I didn’t make the skirt full enough and it was constantly ridding up when she sat down. It’s just like we talked about with the Project Runway banter….sometimes it’s hard to get the proportions right on kids. I hadn’t sewn for a baby for so long that I forgot how “bent” their bodies are most of the time. (btw, thanks for chiming in on the PR stuff. It was fun to read your commentary!)
I gave it a Round 2.
And this time I love it!I started with the Simple Skirt tutorial and made a few changes.
Here’s what you do….You can embellish your skirt with all sorts of trim…ric rac, lace, twill tape, whatever! For this skirt we’re using bias tape (since you know how much I love it. Check out the original tutorial on Understanding and Making Bias Tape.)
Now, often I use double-fold bias tape for projects. In fact the Simple Skirt tutorial has a version with bias tape bound hems. But when I made those 40 yards of bias tape last month, I reserved some for single-fold.
And since some of you have asked, “what do you use single fold tape for?” Here you go!
Mostly, I use it as an embellishment. Because bias tape is cut on the bias (the diagonal) it has more give and is a great when working with curves or forming it into a curved embellishment (check out the perfect example HERE on Lindsay, Etc.)
Okay. The project is pretty self-explanatory: start making a skirt, sew on the trims, done.
For a baby skirt, however, I increased the gathering ratio to make it even fuller and gave it a real chunky hem. So if you’re making one for a 6 month old baby, here are the dimensions:
• Cut a rectangle of fabric 45 x 11 inches
• Cut 1-inch wide elastic 18 inches long (if your baby is skinny, back it off an inch or more)
• Use 1/2-inch wide and 1/4-inch bias tape for embellishing.
• Before sewing the skirt, iron a 2-inch wide hem in place so you know where to place the bias tape.
• Pin Bias tape in straight lines, parallel with the hem. Use however much or little you want.
• Sew down both sides of each bias tape trim.
• Then sew your skirt as outlined in the Simple Skirt Tutorial and sew the chunky hem in place.
• You’re done!
My senorita bambina (redundant?) is ready for church.
And in case you were wondering….yes, she was obsessed with the Wallflowers. I had to snap quickly.
And eventually found a different flower for her to play with.
She wasn’t too thrilled.