Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Toddler skirt tutorial

I wanted to make a handmade gift for my niece's upcoming 2nd birthday. Having had a bit of a wardrobe clear out I had this pretty blouse in my craft stash and it seemed ripe for transformation.

Finished toddler skirt made from an old blouse

You will need:
An old blouse in a good condition
1.5cm wide elastic
Sewing machine (you can also hand stitch)
Iron & ironing board

Blouse to be repurposed

Cut the shirt just under the armpits. There is no need to make any other cuts such as to remove the button band as that will be a design feature of the skirt.

Cutting excess blouse material

Measure the length of the skirt including 4 cm for the waistband. Cut the fabric. The width isn't important as it will be gathered at the waistband. Be aware that if the blouse has any shaping, measuring may be a bit trickier than you think.

Cutting blouse to size

Fold over the waistband by 2 cm and press.

Pressing the waistband for the skirt
Fold over by 2cm again, press and pin.

Creating a waistband for the skirt

Stitch the waistband leaving a gap, or use the button band, to allow the elastic to be threaded through. Measure and cut a length of elastic equal to the waist size of the toddler.

Threading the elastic of the skirt

Overlap the ends of the elastic by about 2cm and sew securely in place.

Sewing the elastic securely

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