Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Double Double Bubble Bubble Skirt


My birthday skirt! The large polka dots remind me of bubbles and the skirt is a bubble skirt.

Here's how I made it.

1. Find some knit and prewash it. I used about 2 1/2 yards but there was some leftover. I got mine at Joann's for 75% off. Luckily there was enough on the bolt to make two b/c I didn't choose the best way to make this skirt the first time around. I blame it on being woken up five or six times by a sick little girl. It makes for a great skirt name though. Anyway.

2. Figure out how wide you want your waist band to be. I stretched the knit around my waist until it felt comfortably snug. (make sure the stretchy part of the knit is being stretched around your waist). Decide on the height and double it plus an inch or so. (it will be folded over). My waist band is a little shorter than I would've liked but I was out of fabric. You should now have a rectangle.

3. Decide on your skirt length and double it plus a little extra for seam allowances. To determine my skirt width, I wrapped the fabric around myself twice and cut it. You should now have a large rectangle.

4. Wrong sides together, fold your skirt piece in half long ways. At the open ends (not the fold), sew a long straight stitch with the longest setting. Do not backstitch. You can sew another long stitch, if you're worried about the first one breaking.


5. Holding onto the bobbin thread, scrunch (or gather) your fabric together.

6. Fold your waistband in half, longways, with wrong sides together and free ends up. (ie the fold is down)

7. Adjust the gathers on your skirt piece so it lines up with your waistband.


8. Pin your skirt to the waistband piece at the free end of the waistband (not the fold)


9. Sew in place with a zigzag stitch.

10. You can remove your basting stitches from step four if you want. I was lazy and left mine in.

11. Pin the skirt together, right sides together, lining up the bottom of the skirt and the waistband. Sew in place with a zigzag stitch.


12. Trim any excess fabric near your seams if you have any. Show off your new skirt!


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  1. Love it Emily, can't wait to try one.

  2. Oh my goodness! You are a fantastic seamstress!!!

  3. I'm gonna try this. But too bad I don't have the cute tiny waist to go with it. :)


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