I have a baby girl!!! Can you see the excitement? You really should see how much I’ve already been sewing for her. And I’ve been able to pull out all the little dresses, headbands, etc. that I made in the last few years and was never able to sell. She looks adorable! Especially with her little princess crown on! Seriously…I had fun sewing for Little Man, but sewing for a girl is just
SO. MUCH. MORE. FUN!!!!!
So, I posted a picture on Monday of me with the speaker’s wife from our couples’ retreat on the weekend. I was wearing a skirt that had been repurposed from a dress. I found the dress at Old Navy for $9.50 (total steal!). However, the dress was a tube-top maxi dress – so it did not suit me AT. ALL. Ick. But I wanted the jersey for a nice, comfy skirt. So I cut the top off the dress and then I had to cut about 4 inches off the bottom (why are Old Navy dresses so incredibly long????). And I was left with all this extra material.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
I couldn’t just throw all this wonderful material away. My first thought was just to use the elastic from the tube top as the top of a jumper for Little Miss. I cut the rest into strips, each a little longer than the last, to make ruffles along the bottom. As I started going, though, I realized that I had actually cut the sides a little small so it would have been tight on Little Miss as a jumper. It quickly became a skirt…and it was just as cute! And because I made it a skirt it’s nice and long so she’ll be able to wear it for a while. And voila! We had matching outfits. I paired a white/cream shirt with the skirts (mine was cream, hers was a white onesie) along with a pink scarf for me and a pink hoodie/sweater for Little Miss. SUPER cute! I love matching clothes!
I’ve also been experimenting with circle skirts for little ones. I have to say I wasn’t too impressed with the patterns that are out there. They make the skirts super short! They’re really easy to make, but I like length on them (so that they at least cover poor baby’s behind). So, after I had made my first trial one I decided to add a crocheted hem along the bottom. I used a shell stitch to give it the “pretty” factor and alternated it with just a chain stitch. I am so happy with the result (other than the fact that the purple yarn is not quite the right colour of purple to match the skirt – but I’m probably the only one who would actually notice, lol).
So, here are the steps I followed to create my circle skirt:
Large square of material (length/width will depend on how long you want the skirt – this one was 17 x 17 before I added the crocheted hem)
About 15 inches of elastic (for 0-3mo. size)
1. Fold your material into fours.
2. Measure along one corner about 5 1/2 inches from one side to the other making a slight curve (this is the waist of the skirt and will create about 14 or 15 inches for the waistband. If your baby is a little bigger or smaller you can adjust for that OR you can download the pattern from MADE – keep in mind though that I found this very short for 0-3 mo. so you can use it for the bottom hem or you can measure your own length as I am going to)
3. Determine the length you want for your skirt. I made mine 8 inches. Measure from the waist-line down 8 inches all along the bottom. You should end up with a semi-circle similar to your waistband.
4. Cut your piece of elastic to 14 or 15 inches (remember you can adjust this according to your baby’s waist). Pin to the front and back and then stretch to the sides, pinning as you go. Stretch while you sew it. When finished there should be a slight gather to the skirt (nothing major, just a slight gather that will allow you to get it on and off over baby’s diaper).
5. To hem: you can serge the bottom of the skirt (simplest method EVER) to keep it from fraying. If you don’t have a serger, roll up the hem twice in a very narrow fold and stitch along that.
1. Use a blanket stitch to add a crocheted hem along the bottom.
2. Add lace or binding tape for the hem.
And voila! You have a circle skirt. These are very simple to make and hardly take any time at all (depending on the hemming method) I added lace to one and it was very fast. Crocheting took a little longer (about 3 hours just on the crocheting). I would love to know if you try this out. Share your work!
Next week I’ll show you how to add a hood to your circle skirt to create a cape for your little one. Audrey Hepburn here we come!!!