Okay I have to admit, I love weekend sewing. Having an idea, being able to bring it to life especially if everything I need is hidden in my stash ready to be revealed. This week I made a couple of things that I pinned ages ago into a reality.
The dresden plate skirt.
I do like dresden plates I think one day when I get back into quilting again I will do one of these. I stumbled across this ages ago and have been meaning to make it since. I got as far as drawing myself pattern pieces a number of times but could never work out what fabric to use.
This is my other inspiration. I love the revealing pleats. One day I may try if as a dress but for now it will have to just live in my little skirt.
Okay so I have not got any fantastic photos of this skirt when not in motion (my little model refused to stand still).
Not that I think it looks bad. I still like the dresden bottom and the tapering up to the box pleats.
But motion as I have discovered is this skirts friend. Whether running, sitting or sprawling you get to see the skirts best. Those tailored splashes of the contrast fabric is just so pretty.
Would anyone like to know how it is made? Well here it is. I made this for my 4 1/2 year old but it is probably more of a 5. If you wanted to make it for younger I would subtract one panel (or more to match waist measurement) of each colour and change the length to suit. For older the reverse add panels and lengthen.
Main fabric- 24 inches
Contrast fabric- 20 inches
1/2 inch Elastic 12 inches
Fabric pen (I have a frixion that disappears with heat)
The outer fabric is 2 inches at the top
3 inches at the bottom
You need 17 of these.
The contrast, hidden is 3 1/2 inches at the top
5 1/2 inches at the bottom
You need 17 of these.
First draw the panel the same as you did for cutting 2 1/2 inches at the bottom, 10 inches high, 1 1/2 inches at top.
Draw a line across the bottom 1/4 inch high. Measure up 3/4 inch on each side line. Mark.
Draw a curve between the marks (I use the base of a glass).
Cut out the curve from the top.
Fold the skirt in 4 and lay on tracing paper.
Trace around the bottom of skirt and up 2 inches.
Move the skirt up to the top of your 2 inches and trace again.
This is for the facing, cut 4.
Sew together to form a giant circle. Edge the smaller side of the circle (overlock, serge).
Place your pattern over all the small panels and trace with removable pen.
Draw a straight line between the top of each curve.
Sew along your line. Iron if you have a pen that disappears with heat. Trim long seam, then clip curves.
Turn right side out and iron.
Fold at joint, iron.
Make sure your pins are facing outwards so it is easier to iron.
Iron to remove marks. Continue until the contrast is all hidden.
Cut a skirt top, this is a rectangle. Measure the finished pleated section and add 1/2 inch seam allowance. Use this measurement by 4 inches. Sew short side together to form a circle (1/4 inch seam allowance).
Pin skirt top to pleats.
Sew and serge.
Top stitch 1/8 inch on the skirt top section through the serged edge.
Final step... Serge top. Mark centre front (opposite seam). Measure 10 cm to each side and mark. This is my secret elastic look. The elastic starts at these measurements, sew in place below the serge line. By leaving this gap your skirt will not be bulky at the front where little tummy's tend to be the largest. Now fold the elastic over and stitch the casing. I sew on the inside half way through the serging, make sure you continue around where the elastic is not and re sew vertically where the elastic is attached (to prevent pulling).
So that's it then. I don't know if I am always that clear in this tute but let me know if you want any clarification.
See you all again soon.