Sunday, September 26, 2010

How to Sew an Adorable Child's PickUp Skirt - Two Looks in One and no pattern needed

Two skirts in one!
And oh sew simple to sew. I'll show you how...

First, gather your supplies
2/3 to 5/8 yard 44" wide fabric for the under skirt
2/3 to 5/8 yard 44" wide fabric for the upper skirt
1/8 yard 44" wide fabric for the yoke
1/2" to 5/8" wide elastic to fit your child's waist
46" of trim (optional)
24 snaps
Matching thread

Be sure to choose a fabric that is fairly soft and drapes well or your pickups won't look very nice. My sample is sewn from baby wale corduroy purchased last week at Joann Fabrics. Perfect for fall weather!
Draw your pattern - this sample is approx. a size 4. The finished skirt measures approximately 12-1/2" from waist to hem.

Bottom skirt pattern (shown in the top of the photo):
Draw a line 18" long on top
Beginning at that center mark, make a mark in the center, at 9"
Draw a vertical line 12" long
Draw a line 24" long on bottom being sure to center the line
Connect the top and bottom lines along the side
Measure 12" along each side edge and curve the bottom edge slightly

Top skirt pattern (shown in the lower right of the photo)
Draw a line 7" long on top
Make a mark in the center, at 3-1/2"
Beginning at that center mark, draw a vertical line 12" long
Draw a line 10" long on bottom being sure to center the line
Connect the top and bottom lines along the side

Yoke pattern (shown in the lower left of the photo)
Draw a line 15" along the top
Make a mark in the center, at 7-1/2"
Beginning at that center mark, draw a vertical line 4" long
Draw a line 18" long on bottom being sure to center the line
Connect the top and bottom lines
Measure 4" along the side edge and curve the bottom edge slightly

Of course if you have a skirt pattern you use and love you can certainly use that pattern as your base
Cut your fabric
Cut 2 lower skirts
Cut 6 upper skirt panels
Cut 2 skirt yokes

Sew the skirt
Seam allowances are 1/2"

Upper skirt
Place 3 skirt panels right sides together and sew using a 1/2" seam allowance


Right sides together, using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew together at the side seams

Finish the seams
Finish your seam allowances
Don't worry if you don't have a serger. You don't need one. Choose another seam finish. I have document on Scribd that you can print out for reference here.


Under skirt
With right sides together, using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew the side seams of the under skirt

You now have two separate skirts


Layer the skirts
Place the upper skirt on top of the lower skirt. The wrong side of the upper skirt will be against the right side of the lower skirt

Match the upper edges together and pin

Baste the upper edges together

You will now have a skirt with two layers


Skirt yoke
With wrong sides together, using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew the side seams of the skirt yoke together

With wrong sides together pin the upper edge of the skirt to the lower edge of the yoke, matching the side seams

Sew together, using a 1/2" seam allowance

Finish the seam

Your double layer skirt is now attached to the yoke

Make the casing
On the top edge of the yoke, turn in and press 1/4" or serge finish

Turn again 3/4" and press in place

Stitch close to the folded (or serged) edge, but be sure to leave an opening about 3/4" wide at one side seam so you can insert your elastic!

Insert the elastic
Cut a piece of elastic the size of your child's waist measurement, plus 1"

For my sample I cut a piece of elastic 21" long

Place a safety pin on one end of the elastic and insert it into the casing you just made


Using the safety pin, pull the elastic thru the casing

Tip! Pin the end of the elastic to your fabric so you don't accidentally pull it through your casing


Once you reach the end pull the elastic out, overlap both ends by about 1" and pin in place

Now's a good time to safety pin the elastic to the skirt and try it on your child to make sure it isn't too loose or too tight. It's easier to change the elastic before you secure the ends together.



Now you'll secure the elastic together

I like to use a wide zig zag stitch and sew back and forth a few times

Next place all of the elastic inside the casing and sew the casing closed

Hem the skirt
Wow! You're almost done! It's time to hem both the under and upper skirts.

Just as you did with the casing, turn in and press 1/4" or serge finish the bottom edge

Turn again 3/4" and press in place

Sew close to the pressed (or serged) edge to secure the hem

If you want to add trim to the under skirt do so now

Place the trim on the bottom of the under skirt on the right side and sew in place

Make the pick ups
On the inside of the upper skirt you're going to make four marks on the seam allowances

Beginning at the bottom of the skirt measure up 8-1/2" and make a mark

Next, from the bottom of the skirt measure up 6-1/2" and make a mark

Next, from the bottom of the skirt measure up 5" and make a mark

Finally, from the bottom of the skirt measure up 2-1/2" and make a mark

Now thread a needle with matching thread because you're going to sew those 24 snaps onto the skirt

At the bottom (2-1/2") mark sew the ball of a snap at the mark on the right side of the seam allowance

At the next mark (5") sew the socket of a snap at the mark on the left side of the seam allowance

Continue on...

At the next mark (6-1/2") sew the ball of a snap at the mark on the right side of the seam allowance

At the last mark (8-1/2") sew the socket of a snap at the mark on the left side of the seam

Do this on all six seam allowances


Create the pick up
Snap the lower snaps together ...

...to get this look

The under skirt barely peeks out - get creative and only snap the two front seams


Snap both the lower and uppers snaps together ...

...to get this look


Leave the snaps unsnapped to get this look...


See? Wasn't that easy?

Please email me if you have any questions (sewingbysharon at gmail dot com)

I'd love to see your version so send me a link to your blog or photo when you sew one up!

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7 comments:

  1. Great idea - which I assume is based on the white skirt you made earlier in the summer. Very sweet and practical.

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  2. I love this!! Perfect for little girly-girls!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-little-girls-twirly-skirt-with-optional-pick-ups/2010/09/27/

    --Anne

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  3. Really cute skirt!!!

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  4. مشكورة ويعطيك العافية تنرة حلوة ربي يخليك بدي افصل واخيط فستان لبنوتي واول مرة حجرب اني اعمل فستان ساعدوني

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  5. This is inspiring! It's snowing and cold right now, but this makes me think of warm weather. My 1 year old is starting to walk, so I will be making this cute skirt for her to wear this summer! I have reposted on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PumpkinsAndProjects

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