This year I am so incredibly excited for New Years it is ridiculous! Fireworks over the Sydney Opera House? I am all heart eyes! I wanted the girls to have something fun and festive to wear. Fancy but comfy since we will probably be standing somewhere for several hours waiting. I love love love the dresses that Cotton On kids produced this year for Christmas that had loose pom poms on the bottom. While I was able to snatch one up in Chloe’s size they were sold out in Evie’s. She was so jealous of Chloe’s I knew I had to make her something similar, and so I sewed up the Confetti Skirt.
I mean seriously! How cute are those loose pom poms!
True they wiggle around but thats the fun of it right? Plus the color combinations are endless!
They just scream party and fun!
As is the usual for me I love me some muted colors so I went with a dusty pink, powder blue and off white. I feel like the rule of three works best in this case. Choose three colors and don’t worry about white showing up it looks great!
The girls have already requested we make a trip to the fabric store ASAP so they can pick out more colors and I can make them more skirts. I promise if you make one for your cutie you are going to get a face like this when you give it to her:
So lets get sewing so we can get those happy faces!
1 Rectangle of cotton fabric cut with dimensions given below
1 Rectangle of small (must be small or fine) gauge tulle in a light color with 1 inch added to the length given below
3 Yards of pom pom trim in coordinating colors with pom poms cut off at base.
1 Yard of waistband elastic
These dimensions are a suggestion. It is always better to measure your cutie when possible as children vary so much. If you want your skirt to be fuller increase the width.
Step One: First we need to create our tulle “envelope” that holds our loose pom poms. The majority of small gauge tulle comes folded in half. This makes it super easy for us! We are going to keep this original fold and that is where the pom poms will rest. But to make it into a circle we need to open up that fold and fold it so that it creates a LONG piece of tull as opposed to a wide piece. Tulle doesn’t really have a right side but if yours does make sure that right sides are touching. Line up the LONG raw edge and pin from top to bottom. Then stitch in place being sure to secure stitch at start and finish. With a cool iron press open the seam. Once done return the fold to where it was originally. To do this you will need to fold the tull in on itself, making it so the “wrong sides” are on the insides and you now have a circle of tulle with a fold at the bottom and raw edges at the top. Take your pom poms and slide them in between the two raw edges at the top so they fall down into the “envelope”. Don’t worry they will move all around so don’t stress about where they fall at this point in time. Set aside. Fold your cotton skirt fabric piece in half. Stitch up the raw edge. Press open your seam. Hem the bottom of the cotton skirt piece. Press well.
Step Two: Create a hem at the TOP of your cotton 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.) Press well with a hot iron. Open your hem back up. Slide your tulle overlay up inside your cotton skirt, matching up raw edges all the way around. Refold the top “hem” that you had pressed enfolding your tulle with it. Pin well all the way around. The tulle likes to slide and pinning well will save frustration. 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 multiply 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. Spread the elastic out evenly along your waistband. Shift the pom poms so they are distributed evenly. They will bunch up every now and then but it is easy to shift them so they are evenly distributed. All done!
I love this little lady so much! It has been a while since I have made something she is crazy about so I was so happy with how this skirt turned out!
Thank you Janome America! Happiest of holidays and an especially fancy New Year to you!