Rachel from nest full of eggs showed us a fun technique to make gathers in her Dental Floss Patchwork Skirt tutorial. Today she’s back to show you how to make a skirt version of her super-popular Striped Dress. Learn more about Rachel in her introduction, and show us those summery circle skirts!
Double Layered Chevron Circle Skirt
Just in time for summer, here’s a cute little skirt to sew for that special girl in your life. Today I’m going to show you how to take the skirt part from my Striped Dress and make it into just the skirt instead of the full dress.
Size: 3-6 year old. I’m going to be showing you the shorter length skirt (probably more for a 3 year old), but for and older/taller girl just make the circle skirts longer. This is for a 6 and 8 inch length skirt.
- Striped Fabric: 1.75 yards
- Lining Fabric: minimum 2/3 yard fabric, 45 inches wide
- Pinking/zig-zag edge rotary cutter
- 21 inches of 1/2″ elastic
(Note: More fabric will be needed for a longer skirts.)
1/2 inch seam allowance unless otherwise specified.
1. Starting with the circle skirt of 6″ in length. Cut out four 10″ squares at a 45 degree angle.
Here is what you need for the different length skirts:
- 6″ length: four 10″ squares
- 7″ length: four 11″ squares
- 8″ length: four 12″ squares
- 9″ length: four 13″ squares
- 10″ length: four 14″ squares
- 11″ length: four 15″ squares
- 12″ length: four 16″ squares
- 13″ length: four 17″ squares
- 14″ length: four 18″ squares
Helpful tip: for the 8″ length, you will need four 12″ squares. I used a 12″ by 12″ square piece of card stock as my pattern piece. It is the standard scrapbook paper size.
For the 6″ length, you will need four 10″ squares. I took a 12″ by 12″ square piece of card stock, cut it down to a 10″ by 10″ square piece and used that as my pattern piece.
Helpful tip: After cutting out the first square you can use that piece as your new pattern piece. This can help line up the stripes.
2. Arrange the squares so when they are sewn together they will have a chevron design.
3. With right sides together sew the squares together and press seams open.
4. Take the lining fabric, trace a 7″ diameter circle. Measure 6″ away from the center circle all the way around it.
5. For now, only cut out the outer circle of the lining fabric. Place the lining fabric on top of the striped chevron square with right sides together. Sew together using a 1/4″ seam allowance or the edge of the presser foot.
6. Using a pinking/zig-zag edge rotary cutter, trim the seam allowance and excess fabric.
7. Cut out the center circle through both layers of fabric.
8. Turn the circle skirt right side out and press seams.
9. Repeat these steps for the 8″ circle skirt.
10. For the waistband cut out 26″ by 2.5″ piece of fabric.
11. Iron down to the wrong side 1/2″ along one long side of the waistband.
12. Unfold what you just ironed done at the short ends, and with the short ends right sides together, sew a 3/8″ seam allowance. Press seam open. With right sides together, pin the waistband to the inside edge of the circle skirt using the waistband edge that you did not iron down.
13. Now fold the waistband down approximately in half. Now we stitch in the ditch to close the waistband, and you need just enough of an overlap in the back to catch it while sewing. I pinned it with the pins in the ditch and made sure it grabbed just enough fabric in the back.
14. Once you’ve got all of it pinned up, stitch in the ditch around the waistband but leave about a 2″ opening. Attach a safety pin to one of the ends of the elastic and thread it through the waist casing. Overlap 1″ of both ends of the elastic and sew together. Now finish sewing up the opening.