Thursday, July 8, 2010

pixie skirt tutorial

Here is where I confess that I have officially lost my mind! Last Friday I went to the Dr. thinking I just had a sinus infection and found out I have Mono (Again!). So, in between naps and while I let my daughter make dinner I have been sewing and sewing and sewing! I had planned to make simple lazy day skirts for all the guests at the party- if you've made one before you know how easy it is- I could have had it all done in an hour. Then I found that fabulous floral fabric at the thrift store- but it was not enough to make 8 skirts (the number of girls invited+Lu). So, in a period of insomnia (one of the wonderful "benefits" of Mono) I dreamt up this little number and Tuesday I started to work.

I've got two different versions of my pixie skirt and I will share both with you. These are meant to fit 3-5 year old- If you want to make it for an older child you could make the longer version and add more panels to it (my 8yr old tried on the longer one- it fit, but was not very full).
Here is what you need:
10 panels if fabric 5 in x 15 in (short) or 18 in (long)
10 pieces of facing fabric 5 in x 6 in
Elastic for waist
(FYI- If you want to use my pattern layout (flower-green-flower-pink-flower...) you really need 12 panels for it to work out right- mine have two pink panels separated by a flower panel in the back)

First I cut out all my panels and the facing- here is a little trick I used- my solid colors are sheets that I picked up at the thrift store and Walmart (They sell twin sheets for $4, you can't beat that!) I used the hemmed edge of the sheet for my facing so I have a nice finished edge without the extra sewing.
To cut the curved edge find a 5 in circle to trace (I used a little tin bucket I have) or get out the compass and make yourself a 5 in circle template. For the points I folded the panels in half and cut a 45 degree angle with my rotary cutter.

Next lay your facing on the panels (right sides together), pin and sew between the pins (1/4 in seam allowance, making sure you taper to the edge at beginning and end of curve.

I tried to take a picture of my stitches, but it's had to see the white on white- sorry!
Next you clip your edges, turn and press.

I top stitched mine to give it a nice finished look.
Here is the back.
Then sew all your panels together using 3/8 in. seam allowance. You can't tell from this photo, but after sewing the panels together I pressed all the seams to one side and then top stitched (1/8 in. from the crease) to hold them flat.
Then sew the ends together, making a circle. Press under 1/4 in at the top edge and then another inch. Stitch all the way around, leaving a 2 in. gap to insert elastic. Adjust elastic to fit and sew two inch opening closed.

Then let your fairy try it on! All she needs now is wings!
If you make a pixie skirt, don't forget to upload your photos to the Little White Schoolhouse Flickr group! I can't wait to see what you make!

*Just a friendly reminder- your free to use my tutorial for personal use or for gifts, but please don't make items to sell using my tutorial(s)! Thanks!


Jess said...

Great tutorial! Those skirts are so cute.

Andrea Esler said...

that's what I was going to say! good for you. get well soon!


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