My daughter and I were shopping at our local fabric store when she came across this fabric and loved it. She asked if I could make her a skirt out of it. It was priced at $11 a yard but on sale for half price so I said okay.
We get home and I ask her “What type of skirt did you want?” She than draws me the skirt on a piece of paper. She then asked for a shirt as well. Since we only bought a yard for her I said maybe we can just embellish and older tank top.
So here we are. As I start making my pattern she says “No, not like that. I want a wave at the bottom.” me “huh??” “See my drawling” Even though I know I don’t need the “waves” at the bottom because the skirt would do it on it’s own. I cut the “wave” into the pattern.
Fabric: Yard to 1 1/2 yards (depending on how talk and how long you want the skirt to be) or an old long skirt that you have already
Measure waist. waist to the shortest part of the skirt, measure waist to longest part of skirt. Add up to 1″ for seam allowance. For the width either double or do 1 1/2 times the waist. The waistband I cut 3″ wide. This can very depending on how thick you want your waistband to be.
I used chalk to draw on my fabric the pattern
Cut the waistband on the bias for a good stretch.
Sew the seam 5/8″ from the waist to the knee length.
Optional: Base stitch the waist. This is so you can gather the fabric. Gather it enough so that it is as long as your waistband. If not just stretch the waistband to the match the skirt part and it will gather that way too.
Then, fold it over and sew again as close to the edging as possible.
Sew the hem line and your done.
Tank Top Embellishment:
I measured the tank top from on tank strap to the other then double it. For hers I cut 1 1/2″ X 26″. Base stitch the material and gather like the skirt. With the right side on top of the right side I fold over the edge enough fabric to sew it down. I sewed the ruffle on the top tank strap and the edging. Very simple.