How to make a quick and easy skirt for a baby girl
This is a really easy skirt, which you can make with just one print fabric, or different prints. I have a lot of bits and pieces that I need to get rid of, so my skirts are a little hyper.
For the hip yoke, measure your baby's waist. Multiply by 1.25. This is the width of the hip yoke. Divide this number by two, and add 3 centimetres for seam allowances to this measurement. Now, measure from bubs' waist down to the top of her thigh (where the outer thigh starts to bulge out. This is easily spotted on my baby, and I'm only assuming other babies are like her). This measurement is the length of the hip yoke. Add 2 centimetres for the elastic casing at waist and another 1.5 centimetres for the lower seam allowance.
For the underskirt, double the width of the hip yoke. This is the width of the skirt. Divide this number by two, and add 3 centimetres for seam allowances. Measure from top of (bulgy) thigh to desired length of the finished skirt (I went for about 2 centimetres above the knee. Add 1.5centimetres for the seam allowance along the top edge and 2.5 centimetres for the hem.
The upperskirt is the same measurements as the underskirt, the only difference being is that it's length is 3 centimetres shorter. (Note: all of these pattern pieces are to placed with one short end on the fold of fabric.)
Press your desired fabrics in half and cut one of each pattern piece out of your fabrics on the fold. Yay, time to sew.
Firstly, hem your under- and upper-skirts. Do this by turning up 0.5 centimetres, then pressing this before turning up another 2 centimetres and pressing again. Sew hems in place with straight stitch.
Overcast seam allowance with zigzag stitch, trim and press upwards.
Sew the back skirt seam with straight stitch (again, 1.5 centimetre seam allowance), overcast seam allowance with zigzag stitch, trim and press to one side.
To form casing for elastic, turn 2 centimetres on upper edge of hip yoke to inside and press, and sew 2mm from pressed edge around the upper edge.
Time for a happy dance.
This pattern will work for girls of all ages, but is particularly good for little ones because you can use up your scraps (providing their long enough, of course). I've found by using bright colours such as those shown, I've been able to dress Sophie up in some of Cameron's old tops without her being mistaken for a boy, which also appeals to my miserly sensibilities. Win, win - for me anyway. Poor Sophie May, dressed in scraps and now her brother's hand downs as well as her Dad's. Them's the breaks in this house when you're only little and don't know how to verbally complain yet. Sorry again, kiddo.