#2- Now we are going to sew up that hole we have made. Start with your top edges (if you needed to unpick them). Sew each one back together, using the existing seam as your guide. Then, sew up the zipper hole, again using the existing seams as your guide. Now you should have your skirt looking exactly like it did when you purchased it, only no zipper!
#3- We are going to make an elastic casing at the very top edge of the skirt. I used 1/2 inch elastic, so I measured and pinned 3/4 inches down from the top of the skirt, like so:
Ummm, oops! Somehow deleted that picture-- anyway, you just want several pins around the skirt through both layers so that you sew in a fairly straight line. Leave about an inch opening so that you can thread your elastic through. I used about 18" of elastic, but my girlies are pretty tiny. The best thing to do is to measure your girlie around the chest and add about 1/2 inch.
#4- Thread the elastic through your casing and sew up the opening.
#5- Now we are going to shir around the skirt on the seam of the second tier. (Doesn't that just work out so nicely?) Shirring is one of my favorite things to do-- as evidenced by my gi-normous spool of elastic thread. It is really very simple, but if you are not into it yet and would prefer, you could always just make another casing. Okay, so to shir, you need to hand wind a bobbin with elastic thread.
#6- Now we just need some straps. You could really do anything you wanted for straps. I chose to use two long straps that criss-cross in the back and tie into a bow. So, we will need two long straps and two loops. Cut your fabric in two long pieces that measure 4 inches by the width of fabric. Cut off 6 inches from each piece.
And yes, you should always wash and iron your fabric before sewing, but-- I'm lazy. Sorry. ;0)
Okay, ironing time. First, take your long pieces and iron about 1/4 fold on one of the short ends of your fabric, like so:
I like to also serge the unfinished edges so that they don't fray. You could also finish them with a zigzag stitch.
The long straps are going to be sewn on the front of your dress, about 4-5 inches apart. I find the middle of the front and put a pin in, then measure 2-2.5 inches away from the pin and pin my long strap in place.
In the back, we are making two loops about 3 inches apart. Again, find the middle of the back, mark it with a pin and then pin the loops 1.5 inches from the middle line.
You want the bottom edge of your straps and loops to be below your casing seam. Sew the bottom edge of your straps and loops, using your casing seam as your guide. Then sew the top edge of your skirt on the loops and straps as well. I just push the elastic down a little and sew-- kinda tricky, but helps keep the straps and loops really secure.
#7- Time to try it on the little miss! To tie the straps, bring them straight over the shoulders and cross them in the back. Then thread the left strap through the right loop, outside to inside. Do the same on the other side, tighten it up and tie a bow.
All done. Now let the twirling begin!
***NOTE: This tutorial was done for a size 4-6-ish in mind. If you want it bigger or smaller, it won't take much to adjust-- just make sure your women's skirt will work for what you have in mind. Take the time to hold it up to your little one to make sure the length will work and that the length of the first tier works for you.
Since this is my very first tutorial, I think a giveaway should accompany it-- don't you? Great, well then, see the next post for a fun giveaway!