Monday, February 25, 2013

Girl's hi-low circle skirt tutorial

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

 My Girl has been growing like a weed lately! She seems to get taller about every 30 minutes (my husband is over six foot six, so we are not surprised by this at all). So needless to say that at a very grown up four and a half years old, the summer clothes from last year no longer fit her.


So of course she needs some new skirts! 

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

She requested something pink (shocker)

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

and of course it had to be twirly

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

She also requested that it be something "like a pop star would wear."

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial
This is how a pop star would wear this skirt

I thought that a hi-low hem would be a cute pop-starish twist on a twirly circle skirt! This idea was Girl-approved because apparently a hi-low skirt is what pop star Kiera wears in Barbie: Princess and the Pop Star.

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

This is the easiest skirt in the world to put together! There are literally two seams to sew, and took me about an hour start to finish (time added for the Dude's lunch and nap).

You will need:
Some jersey fabric, I used an thrifted pillowcase but I would estimate about 1/2 a yard
a skirt that fits your girl 
matching thread and a sewing machine

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

First, measure the length of your girl's skirt that fits her. In this case my daughter's skirt was 13 inches from waist to hem:

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

Next, fold your fabric in half, then in half again:

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

Then, from the corner shown above (where the fabric is folded twice) you will measure down the side for the length of your skirt:

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

With a pencil, mark this spot. Then, measuring from the same corner, put your measuring take at an angle and measure your length, making another mark.

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

Continue to make small marks all the way across the fabric, until you have a quarter circle marked out. You will then cut along the marks you made, so it looks like this:

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

Unfold your circle!

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

Next you will measure your girl's waist:

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

Then I used a super scientific method for cutting out the waist...I found a circular dish from my kitchen that had the same circumference as my Girl's waist. I set it off center on my fabric circle and traced around it. I'm actually a little embarrassed by this, there has to be a better way! But I'm lazy, I own my laziness.

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

Cutting it out was easy, since I just traced the bowl:

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

See how the opening for her waist is off centered? I put my bowl about three inches closer to one side of the edge of the fabric circle then the other. This is what creates the hi-low effect.

Next I measured out a 4 inch wide strip of fabric as long as my daughter's waist measurement, and doubled it over.

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

After you fold it over, fold it in half lengthwise like this, and pin:

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

Leave yourself a generous seam allowance on this, the waist will stretch because it's jersey, so I ended up taking about an inch off each side:

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

Once you've sewn your waistband into a circle, you can then pin it into the circle you cut out for the waist of the skirt.

I had to gather mine slightly first to make it fit:

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

 then I pinned it into the waist opening, stretching it slightly so that it will fit snugly.

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

Sew all the way around with a zigzag stitch, and you're done!

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

You don't even have to hem it, because it's jersey. It won't fray! Just put it on her and watch her feel extra cool, just like a pop star.

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

If you try this for your own little girls (or yourself) please let us know how it turns out! We love hearing feedback and seeing what our readers create.

Jessica

8 comments:

  1. Super cute! You're very talented. Now all I need is a girl ;)

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  2. Super cute and I love the photos! NeeCee at pinecreekstyle.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh Jessica! this skirt is SOOOOOO cute, and your little girl sure looks happy with it! What fun... :)

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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  4. Oh my goodness Jessica this is supr cute. I am not that skilled in sewing but it is worth a try.

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  5. Adorable and it is obvious that she loves it too. :D Such a good twirling skirt. Haha. Thanks for sharing.
    p

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  6. Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #24 :)
    Have a great week!!

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  7. Very cute. I know my 4-year-old would love it. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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