Design Team Wednesday~Simple Spring Skirts

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

One reason that Liz and I started our blog was to show everyone that if we could sew, then basically anyone could.  We sometimes feel like we are living out Gusteau's line from the movie Ratatouille, when he said, "Anyone can cook!"
But we have changed it to "Anyone can sew!" 
And we will prove it to you.  First there's me, Elizabeth, the girl who loved to sew in Junior High (I owe all my skills to Ms. Busto) but quit when she cared too much about what others thought of the Home Ec classes she was taking.  I wish I could go back and tell myself, "You love this...keep at matter what others think."  But I didn't, I quit.  And didn't even touch a sewing machine again until my middle child (a girl) was born about 6 years ago.  And boy, was my sewing rusty...for a long while.  But it was fun, and rewarding and it was something I could do everyday that couldn't be undone .
And then there's Liz, my sister-in-law, the girl who got kicked out of Home Economics (I am slightly afraid to ask why), cried the Christmas her mom gave her a sewing machine, and swore she would never quilt or sew, or do anything crafty or in the homemaking sphere.  But one day, she tried it ( I am sure in the utmost secrecy) and fell in love.  And the rest is history.  She is a sewing hero!
So, if your story is one of ours....this post is for you.  Anyone (YOU) can sew!  And here is an easy project to start with.  (And even if you mess it up....there is always a seam of my favorite tools!)

Are you ready to make a girls' skirt?  Here is what you will need:

*Some 1 inch elastic (I used 18 inches)
*Sewing pins
*A quilting mat (you don't have to have this....but they really make cutting fabric so much easier)
*A rotary cutter (or scissors)
*Some thread
*And your Fabric....we used Riley Blake's Daisy Cottage line.   I used a half yard of main fabric...and a quarter yard of contrasting fabric for a girls size 5/6.

First you need two measurements.....(and they are easy).

Waist Measurement-----measure tightly (but not too tightly) around your little girl's waist
Length measurement------measure from your girl's waist to her knee (or whereever you want the skirt to end)

Record these two numbers.

Again, I made a size 5/6 and had these two numbers.....waist-- 20 inches and length-- 16 inches

Take your waist measurement and minus 2 inches.....mine is now 18 inches.  Cut your elastic to this measurement.

Now, take your length and add 2 inches....(this will be the part you turn over for the elastic around the waist).  Then subtract 4 inches (for the band around the bottom.  (My skirt---16 inches plus 2 inches minus 4 inches equals 14 inches.)  You will need these for the next step.

Here is what you are going to do:

 If you do not know what width of fabric is the measurement from the selvedge (the label on the sides of fabric) to selvedge.

Your finished bottom band will only be 4 inches (equal to the measurement above) but we are folding it in half so we don't have to hem (a favorite trick.)

Now sew up this seam.


And admire your work!  You just made a skirt.  And when you have made about 50 of will still love to make them--they are a fast, easy project that look so darling every time.
Thanks Riley Blake....we are so excited to be on the design team (and a bit intimidated by the others' amazingness)!  And happy skirt making to all!
Thank you so much ladies ...
I can't wait to make one for my little girl! 
How perfect for spring and SOOO easy:) 
And speaking of making one of my own, how would you like to win some Daisy Cottage of your own?

It's simple! 

Just head on over to 

and leave a comment! They'll pick ONE lucky winner to win a

Fat Quarter Bundle of Daisy Cottage

~Good luck~

Oh and don't forget to check back next week for another GREAT
Riley Blake Project Design Team tutorial ...

Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog. We hand select only the best free tutorials and patterns for the home sewist. Grab a brag button!
    by Jen
    March 07th, 2012 at 6:34 p.m.
  2. Nice post! You have worked hard on jotting down the essential information. Keep sharing the good work in future too. and i love the all dress very much what a color combination and lovely floral design.
    by girls skirts
    March 20th, 2012 at 2:36 a.m.
  3. I love how easy this is. I want to make some for my girls but was thinking about adding a layer of tulle on top and just keeping the skirt a solid color. How would you go about attaching the tulle? Thanks for your help!
    by Lannon
    March 29th, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.
  4. I am wanting to make these skirts for my girls. I'm not a very experienced sewer. I would be making a size 2T and a size 9/10. They would be similar to the ones pictured above. Do you think that a yard of each fabric (3 different fabrics: 2 different main fabfic and the saame trim fabric) would be enough?
    by Jennifer
    March 07th, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.
  5. Great beginner project for young girls, lots of straight seams, and they have something they made to show off.
    by Jan
    April 15th, 2013 at 9:14 p.m.

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