The Fourth of July is a week away. Every year, our town has a really big party for the 4th. It starts with a 5K, then a breakfast, then a water parade, then booths/games/activities in the park, and finally a concert which culminates in a huge fireworks show. I see it as one of the perks of living in my community. It’s a rapidly growing area, but we still have that small-town feel.
To get ready for the 4th, I wanted to make the girls some festive skirts. I thought about waiting until after the holiday, but then decided that I wanted to be able to share in time for anyone who’s looking for a last-minute project. These babies take about a half an hour to put together — which means I got all the skirts done in one naptime. Yay!
|Size||Fabric A (Waistband)||Fabric B (Bottom Edge)||Fabric C (Middle of skirt)|
|6-12 months||¼ yard 44” wide||½ yard 44” wide||½ yard 44” wide|
|4-5||⅔ yard 44” wide|
|6||⅓ yard 44” wide|
|¾” non-roll elastic||Child’s waist measurement|
|Size||Bottom Piece (A)||Middle Piece (B)||Waistband (C)|
|6-12 months||2 strips 7.5”x36”||2 strips 7.5”x36”||1 strip 4.5”x28”|
|12-24 months||2 strips 7.5”x38”||2 strips 8”x38”||1 strip 5”x29”|
|2T-3T||2 strips 7.5”x40”||2 strips 9”x40”||1 strip 5.5”x30”|
|4-5||2 strips 8”x42”||2 strips 10”x42”||1 strip 6”x32”|
|6||2 strips 8”x42”||2 strips 10.5”x42”||1 strip 6.5”x34”|
|7-8||2 strips 9”x42”||2 strips 11”x42”||1 strip 7”x36”|
|9-10||2 strips 9”x42”||2 strips 12”x42”||1 strip 7.5”x38”|
- With right sides together, sew bottom pieces (A) together along short edge on both sides, using ¼” seam allowance. Overlock or zigzag edges as desired.
- Press seam allowance open, then fold bottom piece (A) in half with right sides out and press.
- With right sides together, sew middle pieces (B) together along short edge on both sides, using ¼” seam allowance. Overlock or zigzag edges as desired. Press seam allowance open.
- Align raw edges and seams of bottom piece (A) and middle piece (B) with right sides together. Sew together with ¼” seam allowance. Zig-zag or overlock raw edges all together. Press seam allowances toward middle piece (B).
- Set stitch length to longest setting and sew a gathering stitch along top (raw) edge of skirt middle (B). I suggest two separate lengths – one for each panel of middle.
- Fold waistband piece (C) in half with right sides together. With stitch length setting at normal setting, stitch short ends closed, using a ¼” seam allowance. Press seam open. Overlock or zig-zag as desired.
- With right sides together, pin middle piece (B) to waistband (C). Pull gathering stitches from set 9 tight as needed to fit pieces together. Evenly space gathers across piece B.
- With ½” seam allowance, sew pieces C and D together along pinned edge.
- Zigzag or overlock seam allowance to prevent fraying.
- Press seam allowance toward waistband piece (C). Optional: On front side of skirt, topstitch in place.
- Fold top of waistband under ¼”. Press. Fold under again 1”. Press.
- Stitch pressed casing down using a 7/8” seam allowance (as close to the fold as possible). Leave 2” of the casing unsewn.
- Measure the child’s waist and cut elastic 1” smaller than the waist measurement. Thread elastic through the casing, then stitch elastic loop closed.
- Stitch casing the rest of the way closed.