When Caroline asked if I would guest post on She Sews, I headed straight for the kids’ clothes. Hmmm… so many wonderful tutorials to choose from. It was difficult to narrow it down, but I was looking for a tutorial for a Christmas outfit for a special little Miss. The 4th July Ruffle Skirt by Terra, from Mama Says Sew, caught my eye. It was perfect for what I had in mind.
Swap the 4th July colours for Christmas colours and I was set. Omitting the traditional Christmas green, has meant it’s not too Christmassy and can be worn at any time, but the strong red gives it a definite Christmas feel.
I rather like the back view of the skirt. The little pleats are a great way to trim the bottom of the skirt. The tutorial suggests either pleats or a ruffle, but I thought I’d deviate from my normal ruffles and go with the pleats. I’m really pleased I did, as I think they suit this skirt.
The standout feature is the panel of ruffles, peeking out from underneath the skirt. As was to be expected, this was the part of the project which took the longest to sew. This is where I deviated from the tutorial ever so slightly. The tutorial suggests attaching the ruffled panel, by sewing over the existing top stitching, sewn to keep the pleats in place. I didn’t like my chances of sewing exactly on the same line of stitching, so I sewed a 2nd row of top stitching outside the first and continued this all the way around the skirt.
The waistband is made by adding a separate piece of fabric to the main skirt. This allows for fullness in the skirt, without bulk around the waist, making a very comfortable piece of clothing. The tutorial assumes some prior knowledge in making the waistband casing, as well as when gathering the ruffles and making the pleats.
If you have made simple skirts before and are after something that is slightly more challenging, then this cute, girlie skirt might be just what you are looking for. The tutorial contains LOTS of photos, with step by step instructions.
I’m thrilled with how the skirt has turned out!!! It’s going to be perfect for Christmas, teamed with an appliquéd t-shirt.
Thanks so much Pam! I love adding blue to my Christmas colors too. Just so everybody knows, Pam has ongoing themed linky parties on her blog, Threading My Way. Check it out, they’re so much fun!
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Sew up a double sided wallet to hold your face masks, hand sanitizer, and all the essentials – this one pocketbook is all you need! There’s also a narrow wrist strap that connects with a d-ring tab. The face mask in the photos is one that I sewed using my Pleated Face Mask with a Filter Pocket Tutorial.
I love this knit skirt sewing pattern! It is so easy to make… took about 15 minutes to sew on my serger (not that you need one – any zig-zag sewing machine is fine) and I adore that easy fit style with a wide waistband. I’m saving those pattern pieces so I can make more skirts plus the cute little shorts and maybe even the culottes.