Friday, January 22, 2010

Ariel Jean Skirt

I'll admit it ... this is the toughest sewing project I've done to date! It took me HOURS ... but it was worth it when I saw the smile on Lu's face.

I think I will actually give directions on this one bc its so cute and your little one would be so happy and I think next time it won't take me as long!
First I went into Lu's "give away clothes pile" because lets face it, this girl is tall, but she don't have any meat on her, her pants are ALWAYS too short, but still fit her in the waste!!!
Step 1: Cut jeans about 1 in" below the zipper, then you will have a REALLY short skirt
Step 2: Make a stitch (I did a zig-zag) along the bottom of the "jean skirt" DON'T hem it, no need to fold, just zig-zag it so it wont fray in the future.
Step 3: Measure how long you want the skirt to be, I tried the skirt on Lu and measured from the bottom of the jean until where I wanted it to sit *just above her knees* add about 1 to 2 inches for seam allowence. Now Measure width my with was 12" times that by one and a half so mine was 30"
Step 4: fold both bottom and top of the ariel fabric (or whatever kind you chose) over twice and hem.
Step 5: AND MOST TRICKY this is the reason I am writing directions bc there are other tutorials out there for skirts LIKE this, but I kept messing up at this part *which is why it took me so long* so finally I scrapped this step and made my own! I pleated AS I SEWED so I sewed, pleat, sewed, pleat all the way along the skirt with a straight stitch, and it worked well. I tried the whole "ruffle method" and the thread kept breaking and the stitch would come out bc the fabric was too long, then I tried pleating it and pinning the pleat it didn't look all that great, so I did It as I went along ... and it actually turned out really well!!! *I hope that this didn'y confuse you!*

Now I am gonna transform a shirt so it will match with her new skirt! She love this skirt, and I love how it turned out!!!
Happy Sewing!!!!
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  1. That is super cute!! Awesome job! I love seeing what you create.

  2. Wow! This is great. You are getting to be quite the pro!

  3. soooo cute! i passed up cute cartoon fabrics before because i thought they were too much to print to use, never thought to use them with denim or plains. will have to look out for some on sale next time for my girl! thanks for the idea.