In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make one of the easiest skirts in the world. Not to make it TOO easy though and to add an edge to the skirt I’m going to make a polka-dot print on it. Now, as I’m looking at the pictures of this skirt I just realised the polka-dots look just like Mr. Blot’s freckles. (Pan Kleks, or Mr. Inkblot is a fictional character in a series of books by Polish writer Jan Brzechwa, famous for his colourful, faux-freckles. A series of movie adaptations of the books has been directed by Krzysztof Gradowski).
As the spring has just come wetting the appetite for colours I couldn’t decide which fabric to pick and finally decided to make two colour versions: one made of bright orange sweatshirt fleece (for cooler spring days) and lightweight, banana yellow batiste fabric when the summer is in full bloom. I used the flock foil – it’s a kind of termotransfer foil covered with a film of nap, it looks like a peach skin. You can also use a flex foil which is smoother and softer. Finally you can use a thermofoil (kind of a glue-foil) to attach the polka-dots made of another fabric (all these foils can be purchased HERE )
If you’re going to make a skirt for a young girl (4-5 y/o) that’s what you need:
Cut out a rectangle out of the fabric. If you’re using the sweatshirt fleece the skirt is going to be made from one layer only, so you need 150 cm x 40 cm piece of fabric (40 cm is the length of the skirt + 4 cm belt + 2 cm seam allowance ). If you’re using the batiste fabric you have to make this skirt from two layers of the fabric, so you need 150 cm x 70 cm piece of fabric (2 x skirt length + 2 cm to fold the hem).
Let’s prepare the polka-dots now. I cut the foil into 15 cm x 15 cm squares so I could put four squares next to each other as the working area of my Scan&Cut device is 30 cm x 30 cm thanks to that I can cut four colours simultaneously. I’ve chosen three sizes of the dots, namely 2, 3 and 4,5 cm. You can cut the circles by hand but then they will never be perfect and cutting out so many of them would take ages. Thank to the plotter however, I had a bunch of polka-dots within 10 minutes!
The tough part now – arranging the dots on the fabric. Actually it takes time to come up with an arrangement that looks really nice I suggest you avoid making this arrangement too symmetrical – this will make your work easier and more fun, what’s more a bit of spontaneity is a crucial part of children’s nature. Also, don’t place the dots too close to the upper and bottom edges – you’ll make a creased belt along the top edge and folding along the bottom hem. Stick the dots by pressing them gently with an iron for about 20 seconds (170 Celsius – that’s the temperature setting which is between the cotton and wool setting). Once the foil is no longer hot remove the protective film – your unique fabric is ready!
We can sew the skirt up now – it’s going to take only a couple of minutes. First, secure the hem with the overlock.
Sew up the shorter sides of the fabric leaving a small slit through which you’re going to pull a rubber. In the skirt made from sweatshirt fleece sew up only a small portion (1 cm) from the upper edge, than leave 2 cm unsewn, and again sew it down to the bottom.
In the skirt made of batiste sew up half of its length + 1 cm along the side seam then leave 2 cm fragment unsewn, and again, sew it down to the bottom.
In the sweatshirt skirt, fold the hem twice (the width of the single folding should be equal to the overlock width) and stitch it to make a substantial hem – thanks to that the skirt will look nice.
In the batiste skirt, fold the hem just once (to keep the hem lightweight) and stitch it along the overlock stitch. Make sure to do the same on top and bottom hem, fold them both to the wrong side of the fabric.
The waist belt:
In the sweatshirt skirt, fold 4 cm inside and press it, then stitch it along 5 mm from the edge finished with overlock, the slit along the back seam should be on the inside of the belt now.
In the batiste skirt, press the fabric alongside to make a double-layered loop and stitch it 3,5 cm from the folded edge making the tunnel for a rubber band, the slit along the back seam should be on the inside of the belt now.
Pull the rubber band inside the tunnel using the safety-pin. Sew up the ends of the rubber flat and pull it back into the tunnel.
Done! It was fast, wasn’t it?
This tutorial has been prepared for you by Janek