I made the girls some drop waisted twirly skirts this morning, and took pics to put a tutorial together. It took me a ridiculously long time to figure out twirl skirts, so I thought this might be helpful. My girls love these kinds of skirts.
Drop Waist Twirl Skirt Tutorial
Start out by measuring your child's hip or waist depending on where they wear bottoms, and the length from that area to where you want the skirt to fall.
A. Waist Pieces
Cut 2 waist pieces 4 inches long and the child's waist measurement divided by 2 plus a couple of inches for ease wide (measurement A from now on ).
B. Lower Skirt Pieces
Measuring on the fold, draw a rectangle the width of measurement A wide, and the length you want the skirt to be minus 3 inches. You'll need to do this with both the upper and lower skirt if you want it to have 2 layers. You can just make one layer as well.
For a ruffle take the length of the bottom skirt portion and multiply by 1.5. Divide by 2, and measuring on fold, the width that you just came up with. You can make the ruffle however long you want it. Mine was 3 inches folded in half to equal 1.5 inches.
Here's a pic to help my unintelligible instructions:
Now, Sew the short ends of the ruffle together, and hem or fold in half, whatever you prefer. Mark quarters. Sew The sides of the lower skirt pieces together and mark bottom in quarters.
I use the side seams as 2 of my quarter marks, and if you do this all you have to mark is the middle of the front and back pieces.
Run gathering stitches along top of ruffle and gather up to match quarter marks and sides. Pin all along the edges. Baste then sew then serge or zig zag edges. Topstitch pressing the seam towards the top of the lower skirt portion.
Now sew the sides of both the waist pieces and the upper skirt pieces. Mark both into quarters. Match the sides of both the upper and lower skirt pieces and pin. Sew gathering stitches along the top of both upper and lower pieces at the same time. Pull stitches up and match quarter marks and pin. Baste then sew then serge or zig zag edges. Topstitch pressing the seam towards the top of the waist pieces.
Insert elastic and you are done. Here's the one's I made this morning:
Ok, this is my FIRST tutorial, and I know I don't explain myself all that well, but if you have any questions feel free to e-mail me and I will be glad to help. And, if you decide to make one, PLEASE send me pics, I'd love to see.
Going end this one with pics of my girls TO DIE FOR eyelashes. I wish mine were that long and thick :)