This post is brought to you in partnership with Janome. I have been a Janome girl long before I started working in partnership with them. Both my main machine (Janome Skyline) and my serger are Janome and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Please note that because this pattern is free it has not been sent through a round of testers.
Today I get to share with you one of my current favorite outfits: skirts with britches!
I could honestly make my girls wear these everyday I think they are so darling! Especially with a sweater under and tights or knee socks? Swoon!
Luckily they are incredibly easy to make as well! Lets jump right in!
For the following widths and lengths you must be using 1 inch wide elastic. If you use larger elastic you are going to need more length (to account for the increase in encasing material needed). These numbers are also aproximate. At this age there is a HUGE range of size even in just one age. Please use common sense and measure your own cutie before cutting your fabric.
To make your suspenders you will need two LONG pieces of fabric PLUS your ruffle pattern piece. Use the numbers below as a guide. If you have an extra tall cutie be sure to add some length to the suspenders. Or if you prefer thinner suspenders bring in the width as these are pretty wide. Download the free ruffle pattern HERE.
Step one: Fold your skirt fabric piece in half. Stitch up the raw edge. Press open your seam.
Step two: Create a hem at the TOP of your skirt piece by folding over the top edge 1/4 an inch and then again 1/2 an inch (these numbers may be larger or smaller depending on the size of elastic you use. You essentially want it to be just larger then your elastic. Stich around the top stopping 1 inch from where you started.To find out how much elastic you will need measure your cuties waist. Now times that number by 2/3. Add 1/2 an inch to this number for the seam allowance. Using an safety pin on one end feed your elastic through the opening you left.
Step three: This next step is easier to think of if you think of the elastic being outside of the hem (but it must be inside). Match up raw ends of your elastic. Be sure that none of the elastic is twisting anywhere along the waistline. One half inch from the end stitch from the top to the bottom. I would do this several times. Back and forthing many times. Once done press open your seam. Now stitch both seam allowances in place, so that the seam allowance is kept open. All of this is done while the elastic is feed through the waistline. It can be a bit tricky keeping the waistline fabric out of the way but it is important none of it gets caught in and sewn.
Step four: Once done let the elastic slide back into the waistline. This will make the fabric bunch. Topstitch your opening closed.
Step five: Hem the long straight edge of your with a scant hem. Stitch a wide, loose gathering stitch along the curved edge of your ruffle. Gather up to create the ruffle.
Step six: To create your britches, with wrong side UP press both long raw edges of your britches so that they meet in the center. Press very well. Trim off an angle at the end. Fold over your raw ends and press well. Now fold the entire britch in half lengthwise so that right side is now facing out. Press well down the entire length of the britch.
Step seven: Slide the raw, gathered edge of your ruffle into the folded opening of your britch. Pin in place. Continue past the ruffle to pin the opening shut. Stitch across the short end on one side. When you come close to the end, with your needle lowered lift your foot and swivle the fabric so that you can now stitch down the long end. Lower your foot and stitch all the way across the long side. Again stopping and swivling when you get to the end.
Step eight: Lay your britches next to each other both with the ruffles on the outside. This is now your right and left britch. Mark the front of ech of the britches with a pin. Using your machines button hole maker, and your two selected buttons, create three different button holes on the front bottom of your right and left britches. Using your seam ripper, carefully open button holes.
Step nine: Turn your skirt inside out. Top stitch your back right and left britches (the ends that do NOT have button holes) onto the skirt 1.5 inches from the center back. You will want to do this at a slight angle so that the britches will criss cross when they are raised. With the skirt still inside out attach two buttons on the inside of your skirt front. Both at least 1.5 inches from the skirt front center. All done!
Thank you so much Janome for letting me share one of my favorite outfits for fall!