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!
She requested something pink (shocker)
and of course it had to be twirly
She also requested that it be something "like a pop star would wear."
|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.
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
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:
Next, fold your fabric in half, then in half again:
Then, from the corner shown above (where the fabric is folded twice) you will measure down the side for the length of your skirt:
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.
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:
Unfold your circle!
Next you will measure your girl's waist:
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.
Cutting it out was easy, since I just traced the bowl:
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.
After you fold it over, fold it in half lengthwise like this, and pin:
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:
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:
then I pinned it into the waist opening, stretching it slightly so that it will fit snugly.
Sew all the way around with a zigzag stitch, and you're done!
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.
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.