A few weeks ago I was at the mall shopping with my eldest. While she ducked in to Claire's for a peek at the jewelry, I stepped across the way into Babygap. As always, I was impressed by the sweet and classic clothing, but I didn't buy anything. I found myself picking everything up and saying, huh, I could totally make this. And it wouldn't cost me 30 bucks.
This is why I rarely go the the mall. I usually leave with lots of ideas, but am frustrated knowing there really is no way I can make all that stuff unless we figure some way to stop time every so often so mama can get her sewing on in full-force.
But I did see this skirt and knew it could happen really quick and on the cheap. With stash fabrics, no less.
And it did. It's a simple fabric tube with elastic + casing at the top, and rows of pink tulle ruffled and then topstiched in rows across the top. Ruffling tulle is easy, because it practically ruffles itself under a needle set to a longer stitch, so there was no gathering required.
I kind of eyeballed the spaces in-between, too, so it's not perfect. No matter. It's a pink tulle princess dancing skirt -- who is really going to notice?
Fidget spied it and immediately wanted to wear her new pink skirt on Monday. Which wasn't warm or sunny, but very cold and windy. And she was sick. She looked adorable at Urgent Care, though. (She's all better now, and back to preschool. What a nasty little cold that was!) The new skirt is now in the wash.
Anyway, it's quick and painless and perfect for that little princess in your family.
- The skirt base: I made this skirt less full than usual -- the tulle makes it full enough. Wait to add the elastic at the end.
- The ruffles: The tulle strips are about 2" wide. I think I used a half yard, total.
- I attached all the tulle strips together before gathering, so it went quickly. I didn't worry about backstitching or anything.
- I made a long stitch (you'll have to experiment) down the middle of the strip and it gathered itself. At first I had it on 'basting' stitch, but it was actually too gathered.
- Attaching the ruffles: I started at the top of the skirt. When I got to the end of a row, I overlapped the ruffle a half inch, cut away, backstitched, and then eyeballed the next row and started sewing again. The ruffle really doesn't come undone.
- Care: In my experience, you can wash tulle just fine (a lingerie bag works well), just don't put it in the dryer. I wasn't too bright and used linen for the skirt, so I am going to have to iron this one from the inside out, very carefully. Oops. Good thing these are fast in case I have to make a replacement. (Know what would work nicely? A no-iron percale sheet. I'll have to remember that for next time.)