My daughter, Lillian, turned two on Friday and I knew I wanted to make her birthday party skirt out of this fabric. It is Lil Plane Jane – Black and Red by Michael Miller and I purchased it from Crafty Girls Workshop.
Anna from Crafty Girls Workshop was a pleasure to work with. I purchased the fabric when she was having an end of the bolt sale and it turned out that she didn’t have a full yard. Anna was kind enough to give me the option of waiting for a full yard, taking the half quarter and two fat quarters that she had, or cancelling my order.
I think Lillian looked so cute in her skirt. I did notice that the back seemed to be a little shorter than the front but I think that is because of her diaper. I also made another diaper cover but made the 12-24 month one this time. It fits perfectly but if she were in a larger size diaper (she wears size 3 in Pampers) it wouldn’t fit the best. Really, it just needs to be a bit taller which would be fairly easy to adjust.
I cut out a piece of fabric that was 42 x 10.5 and then cut it in half. I then sewed the two pieces together which creates your side seams. Next, I folded the hem by folding a 1/2 inch and then folding again another 1/2 inch.
From there, I sewed the hem. I think when I make another skirt like this or maybe any skirt for that matter, I will actually make a smaller hem. Maybe 1/4 or so?
I used 3/4 inch elastic so in order to make the casing I folded about 1/4 inch and then an inch. Then I inserted the elastic, added a “tag”, and closed the casing for the elastic. After that the skirt was done…no, I’m not joking, it’s THAT easy!
I highly recommend making this skirt if you have a little girl in your life. I think it would make a fantastic first project. It’s quick, easy, teaches straight sewing, hems, and elastic. Now go out and buy some fabric (or raid your stash) so you can get started!