I’ve been wanting to make a colorblock skirt for a while now – so when the amazing Simple Simon girls asked me to guest post for their Skirting the Issue series, I knew this would be the perfect time to make it!
Skirting the Issue was a fabulous series held on Simple Simon & Co and Project Run & Play all about skirts!! Seriously – some of the cutest skirt tutorials I’ve ever seen! But even better than all the tutorial awesomeness is the reason behind the tutorials. Liz and Elizabeth are encouraging us to create handmade skirts and donate them to local (or national) Foster Care organizations.
Since I have teenagers I thought it would work out great to do something an older girl might wear – though now I’m all in love with it and I think it would be fun for any age! :)
This skirt is really fun and quick to put together! It features a sweet colorful sash and an elastic back – super easy to do and comfy to wear.
It’s also got cute little belt loops to hold the sash in place!
As far as sizing – I’ll give you an idea of what I did and you should be able to adjust the measurements for different sizes.
I measured the waist of my teenager and divided that number in half.
• I cut out a waistband front piece that was 5″ x half the waist measurement and a waistband back piece that was 5″ x total waist measurement.
• For the skirt pieces I cut 2 pieces that were 7″ x the total waist measurement – these are the top panels of the skirt
• and 2 pieces that were 13″ x the total waist measurement (bottom panels of the skirt)
• The sash was 2 pieces 3″ x 44″.
• Cut out a 2″ x 24″ piece for the belt loops.
• Cut a length of 2″ elastic half of your waist measurement.
• You’ll also need a piece of interfacing 2″ x half the waist measurement.
Begin by sewing the top panel to the bottom panel for both the skirt front and back.
To make your belt loops, fold each long side of the 2″ x 24″ piece in to meet in the center. Press. Now fold the entire piece in half.
Sew an 1/8″ inside the folded edges, all down the length.
Cut the piece into 4 - 5 1/2″ pieces.
Iron your fusible interfacing to one side of the front waistband piece. It should be on the wrong side, 1/2″ from one end.
Fold the waistband piece in half, wrong sides together and press.
Gather the top edge of the skirt front to the length of your front waistband piece.
Place a belt loop piece between the waistband and the skirt, 5″ from each edge. Loop the piece over the waistband so that it wraps loosely around the waistband.
Sew the raw edges of the waistband to the top raw edge of the skirt.
Press the seam towards the skirt.
Lightly gather the back skirt piece. Fold the back waistband piece in half, wrong sides together.
Place the belt loop pieces in place, 10″ from each end.
Sew the waistband piece to the back skirt piece.
Feed the length of waistband elastic through the casing – stitching down the elastic at each end to hold it in place.
Sew your two side seams together, making sure to match up the seams in the panels.
Hem the skirt with a small hem.
Sew the two sash pieces together along one short side. Trim the other ends at a 45 degree angle.
Hem all the way around the sash.
Find the center of the back waistband and sew the sash to the back of the skirt along the back seam of the sash.
Feed the sash through the loops and tie it in a pretty bow!
I think I’ll definitely be making one of these up for me too now!
There are still a few days left to join in – there is a Skirting the Issue Flickr Group that you can upload your skirts to until August 10 – and if you do you have a chance to win some great prizes!
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