Holiday Bubble Skirt
I like to use special fabrics for baby clothes. If I mess up, then I know I didn’t spend hundreds of dollars to make something I cut out wrong. This is a no-risk pattern if you’d like to make something special for that little girl in your life. :)
Pattern for the Little Girl Rufle Skirt (you can purchase in my Etsy shop).
Velvet for front and back of skirt
4” wide band of Brocade or other special fabric for length of bottom band of skirt
Tulle to put in bottom of skirt
Fabric to match main fabric color (I used black, since that’s what I had on hand for the brown velvet). This will be a band 1.5 to 2 times the width of the outside fabric band
1. Print out pattern and match up lines (tape using scotch tape) then pin pattern on fold and cut 2 times, one for front and one for back.
2. With right sides together, match up the front and back of the skirt and stitch.
Make casing for elastic
3. Fold top of skirt ¼ inch (DO NOT PRESS SINCE IT IS VELVET) Then fold fabric 1 inch over the previous fold (this will be the casing for the elastic). (DO NOT PRESS).
4. Top stitch the fold at the bottom of the edge, leaving a 1 inch opening at the back for putting in the elastic. It is somewhat hard to stitch the velvet, but be patient and just do you best. This is a very forgiving pattern.
5. Put a safety pin on one end of the elastic and use this to put the elastic through the casing. Pin the other end together with safety pin to desired waist band. Put on child to check for sizing. Loosen or tighten elastic to desired fit, then re-pin. Trim elastic and then use a zigzag stitch over each end of the elastic to secure. Topstitch the opening closed.
6. With right sides together, put the special fabric band and skirt together. (Be sure to sew strips together if they are not long enough to go around the entire skirt). Topstitch together. Turn.
7. With right sides together, put the special fabric band and inside skirt band together. (Be sure to sew strips together if they are not long enough to go around the entire skirt). Topstitch together. Turn.
8. Using tulle the length of the bottom of the skirt, place inside between the special fabric band and the inside skirt band. I just folded the tulle I had on hand and cut it to length. I only used two folds. You do not need to stitch this in place.
9. Use a whip stitch to connect the inside band to the main part of the velvet skirt (pin in place). Be sure that the special fabric band is slightly turned towards the inside. Be sure to stitch small stitches so that they do not show in the front. You may notice larger stitches on the inside, which is normal. I stitched by hand in about 30 minutes.