June 21, 2010

"Ladylike" Skirt Tutorial





One of my favorite blogs, Crafterhours, is hosting a "'skirt week" this week, which is right up my alley! I live in skirts, and so does Paige!

They asked me to share a skirt on my blog as part of the festivities (how flattering!) and I thought it would be a nice time to do a simple tutorial for the skirt in the "Bouquet Tee" post. The "skirt" in that post is actually a dress, but I threw together a skirt version to show you how to make your own!


 I'm calling it the "ladylike" skirt:

1. To start, cut two lengths of fabric that are twice your hip measurement by your desired length. Remember to calculate the extra 1/2" - 1" of seam allowance on your length. I used an ivory lace with a finished scalloped edge and a simple white cotton for the under layer.


2. Hem your under layer.

3. Sew up the side of each piece to make two tubes. Set your under layer tube inside your lace tube.

4. Fold both layers over twice, coming over your elastic on the second fold. 

5. Sew along the edge, moving the elastic along with you as a guide, folding as you go.
(You can also measure your fold out ahead of time and pin, but I'm too impatient for that. :o) )

6. Just before you've sewn all the way around, stitch your elastic together with a zigzag stitch, then sew the casing closed.

And you're done!

Of course this skirt doesn't work only with lace, you can use any two fabrics you'd like!
Try a cute pattern on the bottom with something sheer over it, or simply try two different colors for a nice color block look!


Definitely check out Crafterhours this week for the rest of the skirt-making fun!
Susan and Adrianna are such awesome ladies, they are always cracking me up. I just love bloggers with a sense of humor! :o)

And I hope everyone in the US had a great Father's Day! We had some close friends and their new baby over for the weekend, so we definitely enjoyed ours. I am so grateful that my husband is such a good father, and it was great to take a day to celebrate that!

Have a wonderful Monday!! :o)
-Disney

54 comments:

  1. This is BEAUTIFUL! I really love it!

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  2. Thank you again Disney!

    I'm loving that kissing picture of Paige big time too :)

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  3. I LOVE this! Darling pics of your girlie pie... thanks for a great tutorial!

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  4. What a sweet little skirt! Thank you for the tutorial. My daughter will love this!

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  5. I love it!! Your little girl looks like she is ready for a fancy, girly tea party!!

    I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-fancy-lacy-ladylike-skirt-for-little-girls/2010/06/21/

    --Anne

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  6. How pretty! I happen to have a very similar lace laying around... I'm adding that on my to-do list :)

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  7. That's so cute! I'm 21, but I could so see myself making a skirt like that just for me! Love it!

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  8. Oh my goodness, Paige is such a pretty little girl, definitely the Asian side of her comes out in addition to her beautiful mom's side = pretty, pretty girl!!! The skirt is adorable, can't wait to make it for my nieces...I'll post it on your Flikr page if I'm brave enough...thanks Disney, yet again, for an amazing tutorial!! :-)

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  9. How fun! Paige is just darling! I think I'll try to make one of these for a twenty something who loves ruffles... :)

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  10. hi disney,

    Your DD looks relly like a little lady in this lovely skirt!
    Sooo cute!

    love miranda

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  11. I have SO many lace curtains from years past (and yard sales) - I am going to have some fun with this pattern!!!

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  12. Disney, this is so adorable! I love the look of the lave overtop of the other fabric.

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  13. Working on one for a Momma this week. An idea I saw last week at Buckle! Very similar to this one just slightly different!

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  14. Working on one for a Momma this week. An idea I saw last week at Buckle! Very similar to this one just slightly different!

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  15. This is so stinking pretty! Thanks so much for sharing!! :D

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  16. This is adorable, and so simple. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Cool skirt! I love it.

    How much elastic do you use?

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  18. Absolutely adorable and lovely!! perfect tea party skirt

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  19. Oh, man. Another simple classic! Really, really beautiful. I love your sewing tutorials, so clear! They almost make me hope that someday I will sew.

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  20. So pretty and simple. And Paige is absolutely adorable!

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  21. Gorgeous skirt and little girl!

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  22. Disney, I of course love Ruffles & Stuff. But I just found CrafterHours last week and am a big fan of them, too! So happy to see you "together"! Awesomely cute tutorial!

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  23. Adorable! Is that the headband from Project K? It goes well with the skirt!

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  24. Adorable! Is that the headband from Project K? It goes well with the skirt!

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  25. OMGOSH!! This is super adorable!

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  26. This skirt is precious as is your sweet model! Will be on my next to try list for sure. And I linked your blog on mine for an award. Not that you have the time to check it out, but if you do that'd be fab. You're my fave craft blogger! Thanks Disney!

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  27. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [21 Jun 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  28. paige is so grown up! squish her little cheeks for auntie joy! I want to make one of these but I only have a boy and a tomboy :)

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  29. Love the skirt. Cute little girl. I'd love to make this someday.

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  30. This is so adorable ... your daughter AND the skirt! :) I would love to see a tutorial for the headband ... it's gorgeous as well.

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  31. You're just amazing. Thank you for all the stuff that you're sharing with us.
    p.s: I really like your new "LOOK."

    Lucille

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  32. She is SOOOO adorable with her new skirt!!

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  33. I love it too! Great job and beautiful model! :)
    I'd love to make one for myself as well. Hopefully they make lace that big.
    Question though... I'm clueless when it comes to this stuff... With the elastic, I'm assuming it's smaller than the 2x hip dimensions, so that it will scrunch up and be the right size. Is it 1x hip dimension? How do you stretch the elastic properly (when you sew)?... These are probably really dumb questions. :)

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  34. And I love your new layout!

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  35. Disney, you do such a great job with the photo styling and detailed pattern making info. as well. Thanks for all the time you put into your posts!

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  36. Thank you so much for sharing this! My little girl and I love skirts, too, and this sounds simple enough that maybe even I can make one!

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  37. omg! Love it!!!!!

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  38. Great skirt and tutorial!

    Have you popped over to www.WeAllSew.com to see what other stitchers are making and sharing, too?

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  39. love her little headband! Mind if I steal one of the pics for my esty listing of it? Thanks!
    And PS LOVE the skirt, I think I need to make one my size!!

    Karina
    Project K

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  40. This is a gorgeous skirt and modelled so beautifully too! I am definitely going to try making a similar skirt for my two little girls, both of whom love lace and frills, LOL.

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  41. Your daughter ist so gorgeous and I have sewn the skirt for me, the first think I ever made, and it looks okay, thank you! :)

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  42. thank you for the tutorial! I used it for part of my withces costume. I love it. You made it so simple. Thanks!!

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  43. I did mine here
    http://embendesigns.blogspot.com/2011/03/ladylike-skirt.html
    Thanks for sharing

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  44. Ahhh! So adorable! I'm going to make this one for myself. But I think I'll get that really thick elastic stuff and just have it bare.. Like this years Holister flowery skirts..

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  45. Absolutely ADORABLE. I want to make a grown up version!

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  46. Wow! lovely!
    have to tell you I bought a sewing machine to do those ruffles things!!!
    congrats from Spain!
    big Kiss , Jessica.

    ^^

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