Hey look! More skirts. Did I mention I like skirts. They’re
so easy to make. That being said, these did not turn out to be easy.
I used this tutorial from the wonderful flamingotoesalthough
made quite a few changes – for starters, there was no colour blocking. I added
three layers of net into each skirt, and then fully lined them too. This made
for QUITE A PALAVA in terms of skirt-making. They were made as Christmas
presents for my two god-daughters and one niece (ages 8, 7 and 3 respectively)
out of more scrap fabric – I figured this lovely embroidered taffeta would make
a great party skirt for a little girl.
The accent fabric is
some kind of satin-feel at a guess – which oh my goodness is either the best or
the worst thing ever. It’s like the OPPOSITE of fabric which creases really
easily… I could NOT get this fabric to hold a shape no matter HOW hard I tried.
I pressed and I pressed and I pressed and it would NOT crease. Not even a
little bit. The result of this was belt loops and sashes that were both a PAIN
to sew and don’t look particularly neat… well darn.
The three layers of netting were an absolute must, because
what is a party skirt if it’s not POOFY. However I hate the feel of netting
against my legs, and little legs are even more sensitive than mine so I lined
it in pale blue lining fabric. Essentially I kept
the construction of this as simple as possible sandwiching all 5 layers
together and then sewing up the sides at the end – I overlocked this to keep it
nice and neat.
It’s a gathered waistband at the back with elastic, which
hopefully with the tie around the waist (which is a functioning tie) should
mean that they last a little while, even with the growing speeds that these
three seem to shoot up at! (Or maybe I’m a bad godmother/aunt and don’t see
them often enough! That seems more likely)
As far as I am aware they were all very well received. I was
there when my niece opened hers and there were squeals of delight and she
wanted to put it on straight away – which of course, we obliged with, and she looked
darling in. My lovely goddaughters wrote me wonderful thank-you letters because
they are such polite girls, and told me that their mummy had had to wrestle
them out of them to wash them, as they’d worn them every day since Christmas!
These ended up taking a bit longer to make than I had originally
hoped – mostly because of how fiddly they were dealing with so many different
fabrics, and all pretty uncooperative fabrics at that! However, big smiles come
Christmas totally made up for it!