Thank you all sooooo much for the kind words and encouragement with Project Run and Play. Weren’t the entries amazing?!? I am excited to share how to make the Bolero and the fun flouncy skirt!
Today I will do the tutorial for the skirt.
It is sooo easy BUT it is one of those ones with out a set pattern. Believe me you can totally do this without a pattern! Seriously anything that has this much gathering is extremely forgiving.
Lets get sewing!
What you need:
1 yard main fabric
1/2 yard lining fabric
1/2 yard soft tulle
Small length of elastic
First thing is first. Measure your cuties waist (or if you are like me just make an estimate ha!) Keep that number in mind as you cut. Now you are going to cut a rectangle out of your main fabric. I cut mine so it was 2.5 times the length of Evie’s waste and about 8 inches long. Mine was a little longer because I tiered it. (I pinched the fabric together wrong sides touching and stitched a straight line about an inch from the top, then ironed it down and repeated again an inch below the first.) If you just want it to be plain on top make it a little shorter.
Once you have your rectangle cut make a large hem across the top.
Now we are going to cut our second rectangle. This one is going to be gathered. It should be as wide as your first but much longer. Since I was using a vintage mens shirt I had to cut several lengths and sew them together.
Once you have a nice long length of fabric hem up the bottom. Then sew a gathering stitch all the way across the top and gather it up. Gather until it is the same size as your top rectangle
Set these two pieces to the side.
Now you are going to cut the lining rectangle. This rectangle should be the same length but wider then the first. Especially when hemmed. Fold both rectangles in half, right sides together and sew up the sides but on the main fabric you will need to leave a little opening to feed the elastic through. You should have two “circles” now.
Once you have hemmed up the bottom grab your tulle. You are going to cut 3 strips. The first will be the widest with the second being an inch smaller and the third an inch smaller then that.
Take your thinnest piece of tulle. With the wrong side of the tulle facing you line up the raw edge of the tulle with the hem of your lining. (I did not hem mine and instead used my serger). Pin it all the way around then sew all the way around.
When you are done flip it down so that the tulle hangs down. Now topstitch what you just sewed.
Now we are going to attach the medium strip 1 inch up from your first tulle strip by doing basically the same thing. Lay the gathered strip of tulle in a straight line all the way around pinning as you go. Sew close to the edge all the way around. When you were done do the same thing and flip it down and topstitch around. Repeat this process 1 inch up again with your widest strip of tulle
Once you are done take your two main pieces and with the right sides together line up their raw edges
Take your lining and slide it up in the middle again lining up the raw edges. The tulle should be poking out the bottom.
Once you are done pull the tulle down where it is supposed to be. Now grab your elastic (it should be a little smaller then your cuties waste) attach a safety pin and feed it through your large hem.
Sew the ends of elastic together and let them slide back into the hem. Once you are done sew up the little opening. Trim up any uneven pieces of tulle and enjoy!!