Its a Peasant Baby Skirt they are super fun and easy to make as you can whip up 3 or 4 during nap time and actually feel like you've accomplished something! Some of those bigger and more daunting projects seem to take lots of time and I'm one of those people who likes to see lots of fast results! So from start to finish this project took me between 30 and 40 minutes!
fabric size 8 in. x 40 in.
tear and wash stablizer
wing tip needle
bobbin thread or embroidery thread
Peasant Baby Skirt Tutorial
First and foremost you will start out with a piece of cotton fabric (prewashed...I learned the hard way) and it should be 8 inches by 40 inches (you can play with the 40 inches as this can be smaller or larger and not make much of a difference)! You are going to sew down both of the long sides to create a edge that does not need to be hemed. I'm not a fan of heming things and I like the way this looks so this is my go to stitch to keep things from fraying and have a finished edge! My new sewing machine is all fancy shmancy and you can pick what type of fabric you are using (woven light) and it sets things accordingly (tells you the tension, which needle and which presser foot)! You are going to be doing a zig-zag stitch down the long edge and you are going to adjust the stitch length of the zig-zag to 1.0 which is in the bottom left of the picture!
So insert your needle and make sure to securely insert it with the handy dandy screw driver your machine should have come with...I learned the hard way that if you just insert it by hand it will come out and destroy your project which then makes you really angry...and we don't want angry ladies and gents with scary wig-tipped needles walking around! Then thread your machine with the bobbin thread and insert the bobbin thread into your bobbin case and there you have it!
|Mid-evil torcher device...AKA Wing Tip Needle|
P.S. when using a wing tip needle its supposedly called heirloom sewing....Fancy huh???
|Different stitches my sewing machine comes with.|
|Examples of things your wing tip needle can do! How exciting!!!|
|The left stitch alows you to insert a lovely little ribbon as an additional detail!!!|
After sewing all the way down tear off the stablizer! The rest will come off in the wash...hense the name tear and wash! Genuis I know!!!
I then usually cut really close to my seam just because I'm weird like that...actually its because then when I turn it I can sew another 1/4 in. seam without any problem. Then turn your fabric inside out so that the right sides are facing one another and then sew all the way down again with a 1/4 in. seam allowance which creates a really nice french seam and you have no fly away strings and shedding! If you are not a fan of french seams then by all means please skip the french seam part and just sew right sides together and either surge or zig zag your ugly edge!
The above picture is my pretty finished french seam...also the french seam makes it look a little less messy! So now you have a rectagle of fabric with pretty finished edges and a french seam!
Take the top of your fabric and fold over 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch to create a casing for your elastic. Since the top edge of your seam is already finished you don't have to fold down and iron and then fold down again and iron...I don't like to iron...I actually really
Leave around a 2 inch opening so that you can thread in your elastic! As a general rule of thumb I've been told to measure the childs waist to determine how big you would like the skirt to be however my elastic is super super stretchy...I think its defective... so I made my elastic smaller than the waist...I think I cut my elastic to be around 13 inches or so and its a very stretchy skirt and fits well on my one year old...who is a boy and who is large for his age! So it really depends on the elastic you are using! Try it out first to make sure it will be stretchy enough!
After threading through your elastic (use a safety pin) then sew both sides of your elastic together using a zig zag stitch or go over it numerous times using a straight stitch! I do both sometimes...I'm a little paranoid my elastic will come apart)! Now the last step is to sew your hole shut and clip off all your strings and there you have it! An adorable baby skirk with a cool detailed edge! These light weight skirts are perfect for summer and I think I might make myself one...or something similar! We shall see!
This tutorial can be adjusted to fit smaller or larger children! Just adjust the size of your fabric based off the size of your child! Good luck and happy sewing!!! Hopefully I will soon put up a picture of a cute cubby baby wearing said skirt! :-)