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DIY Dress-Up Skirts
Posted By Janel On October 23, 2013 @ 8:16 am In Birthdays,Budget Living,DIY,Family Fun,Great Gifts | 3 Comments
Learn how to make a simple dress-up skirt from Life as MOM contributor Janel . This is a great way to make a piece of costume when you can’t find just what you need.
A few years ago, my sister Jamie lent me her sewing machine for a project that I was working on. Generous soul that she is, she just let me keep the machine when I was done. It has been such a tremendous source of enjoyment for both me and my girls. I get to indulge in my creative side, and the girls get some really cool stuff.
Some of my recent dress-up clothes projects have included:
What can I say, I love making them dress-up clothes! Since we are on a tight budget, there is no way that I could afford to buy them store-bought dress-up clothes either. You might be thinking, “Isn’t fabric expensive?” Well, honestly it can be…if you buy it full-price. But, I never do that. Ever.
Thankfully, I live very close to a Joann Fabrics, and they almost always have a 40% or 50% off coupon that I can use on full-price fabric. If I’m not using a coupon, I buy fabric that is significantly on sale. This past month, they’ve had costume satin on sale for just $2/yard. I can make knee-length skirts for both of my girls with just about 1 yard of fabric. That is so much cheaper than anything I can buy for them at the store.
I’m the first to admit that I’m not a skilled seamstress. I know how to thread the needle on my machine and can manage a (mostly) straight line. Thankfully, most of my projects involve skirts, and those are super easy to do. Let me show you how…
Okay, to figure out how much fabric you’ll need, you need to make a couple of decisions:
For a fuller skirt, the fabric rectangle you use will need to be wider. Usually, I just use a normal width of fabric (like 44 or 45″). For a slimmer skirt, the fabric doesn’t need to be as wide. I’d still recommend that it be at least 1.5 times your child’s waist measurement so that it is easy for your girl to pull it on and off.
As for the other dimension of the fabric rectangle, you need to know how long you want the skirt to be. Measure from the child’s waist to where you want the skirt to end. To this measurement, you’ll need to add about 1 1/2″ for the waistband (or larger if using wider elastic than 3/4″) and another 1 inch for the hem.
This is the easiest skirt to make. It’s just a matter of sewing four lines and inserting elastic. The tutorial below is for making a fuller 14″ knee-length skirt. Adjust the dimensions of your fabric rectangle accordingly to your child’s measurements. This is an easy skirt to make if you can’t find just what you need at the store. I used this technique to help my daughter to be “Princess Leia” for her birthday!
- Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and a “law school wife” in Virginia. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she blogs about motherhood, crafts, and living on a law school budget at Life with Lucie and Ella .
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