It's getting hot here and we are rocking the bright summer colors! We are also having fun with layers. So I used this layering love to create a type of skirt for Skirt Week over at Crafterhours.
There are lots of tutorials, giveaways, and a skirt contest going on over there! You should check it all out and enter a skirt in the contest too :)
I don't know about you, but we have a lot of the fluffy petticoat skirts. Whenever I see them on sale, I'll grab a color we don't have. With another little girl, I know they will get lots of use. We usually layer with those skirts, so I figured why not add another fun layer with an overskirt?
This overskirt could go over just pants/leggings, a dress, or a skirt. It doesn't take long to make but can add a fun impact to an outfit.
The ribbon can be changed out to match an outfit or style. You could use tulle, fabric, a scarf, any type of fabric thing that is long enough really.
I made the skirt just long enough so that the petticoat could poke out at the bottom. It looked cute as she did her bounce walk (yes, my daughter bounces when she walks....she's always bounced ever since she was little. So much energy!)
To make one yourself, you will need some fabric to begin with.
To determine the size of the fabric, you will need a length and width.
The length will = (2 x desired length) + .5". The .5" is for seam allowance.
The width will = waist measurement x 2
So for example...... I wanted it to be 11" in length and my daughter's waist measured 21".
Length= (2x11)+.5"= 22.5"
Width= 21x2= 42"
Now grab your iron and on each side of the length of the fabric, turn in 1/4" and iron.
Then turn in 1/4" one more time and iron again. Sew down the sides to keep it in place.
Now take your piece of fabric and fold it in half length wise, right sides facing. The seams you just sewed will be on the edges. Sew the top together, but leave an opening in the middle for turning. Then start sewing a little further down on each side and continue to sew towards the bottom at a curve. Now, make sure you start sewing down far enough that there is room for your choice of ribbon/fabric to go through. That is where the casing will be. Trim off the extra fabric on the bottom sides.
Turn right side out through the top opening that you left open. Then push in the raw edges at that opening, iron them down, and sew across the whole top. Then sew across a little further down where you determined the casing to be.
Now you have a place to put the ribbon through.
Take your ribbon and place a safety pin in the end. Put it in one end of the casing and pull through to the other side.
Trim the ends and heat seal (just run over the edge of a candle flame quickly). Then you just put it on, tie in place, and adjust the gathers so they are even.
It was a pleasure to be a part of Skirt Week! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it Susan and Adrianna :)