I’m happy to say that I finally put together a tutorial for that skirt I made a few months ago! Actually, this version is slightly different but with the same basic look, so I’ll leave it up to you which way you’d like to do it.
Here’s what you need:
- main fabric
- contrast fabric
- waist-band elastic (I used 3/4” no-roll elastic) measured to your child’s waist
Note: Your main and contrast fabrics should be the same weight and they will need to measure the same length from selvage to selvage.
To determine the amount of fabric you need. First decide how long you want the finished skirt. I chose 9 1/2” and 10 1/2” for my 3 and 4 year olds, respectively. You also need to know how wide you want your bottom band. Mine range between about 2” and 2 1/2”. Nothing really has to be precise on these, though.
The total width of the contrast band (CB) is found by doubling your desired finished width (FW) and adding 1/2” for the seam allowance.
CB = 2(FW) + .5
You can calculate the width of the main fabric (MF) by subtracting your desired finished width (FW) of your contrast band from the total length of the finished skirt (FS) then adding 2” for the waistband casing and 1/4” for the seam allowance.
MF = (FS – FW) + 2.25
If you’re a little mind-boggled by the math, don’t be! It’s really not nearly as confusing as it sounds once you start plugging in the numbers. Plus, you could probably also just eye-ball it and still come out with a great-looking skirt!
Here are my own little darlings showing off their new wares!
This is my first sewing tutorial and I tried my darndest to make sure everything was clear. But pleeeeeease let me know if you have ANY questions at all about the construction of the skirt. I’ll try my best to answer any questions!
Oh, yes….I almost forgot. If you want a slightly different look, you can add a tuck so that the main fabric hangs over the band a bit. Just add about an inch to the amount of fabric you’ll need for your main fabric. The look is very similar and it’s actually probably hard to tell the difference in the picture here:
I then stitched from the wrong side of the fabric over the seam allowance. I’m sure you could top-stitch it as well, but I did it from the underside to make sure I was keeping everything straight. :)
So, there you have it! Either way you have a *very* simple little skirt. Now, off you go. Go make something cute!