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Baby Wrap Two Ways

gauze baby wrap

Sometimes I over-plan.  Do you ever do that?  Recently I decided I needed a new wrap.  Not the kind you eat, the kind you wear!

baby wrap

I have one baby wrap (not pictured in this post) that I absolutely love and have used to tie on my babies for year.  But this wrap has 2 limitations that were going to make it difficult to use for traveling, which was why I needed a new baby wrap.  My old, very expensive, very well used wrap was too hot for a summer trip and too long for easy use in airplanes and airports.  So I spent a very long time researching how to make my own baby wrap.  I read many DIY baby wrap tutorials, dug through my stash for a lightweight fabric, and cut and sewed, shaped, fit, made french seams, measured, wrapped, unwrapped, and so on until I had what I thought was the perfect baby wrap! (I also felt great solidarity by sewing with linen along with the Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition Linen ladies!)

linen baby wrap

But…I just wasn’t happy with it!  The brown floral linen fabric I used for the baby wrap ended up being scratchy as well as lightweight, so not great for all day on and airplane and in airports.  And in my effort to make the wrap short, I made it almost too short, and wasn’t certain this was the perfect wrap for traveling.  So the day before I left on my trip, I raced down to the fabric store, bought 2 yards of black gauze fabric, washed it, zig-zagged the edges, and that was it!

linen baby wrap

Guess which wrap I like better?  Guess which wrap I wear all the time: the linen one I took over 2 hours to make, or the gauze one that took 5 minutes?  The gauze one, of course!  Now both baby and I love a baby wrap.

linen baby wrap

It’s our favorite way to travel, both across the country, and around the house!

gauze baby wrap

He usually falls asleep after a few minutes in the baby wrap.

hands free baby wrap

It’s handy to have my hands free, and baby gets to be close to me.  So now I have 3 baby wraps: 1 for winter when the extra length and weight are perfect!  One for hot summer days and short trips around town.  One for all day whether hiking, gardening, or just hanging out!

gauze baby wrap

As one of my friends said recently, “You can never have too many wraps!”  I think I’ll make a knit baby wrap next!

Baby Wraps by Skirt Fixation

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The Perfect Diaper Bag!

perfect diaper bag inside

I have been wanting a new diaper bag for a while.  Because I have had 7 babies, I knew exactly what I wanted in a diaper bag.  I’ve had enough experience and enough bags to know exactly what I wanted, what worked, what was annoying, etc!  So this time around I decided to sew my own.  These are the things that I wanted in a perfect diaper bag:

the perfect diaper bag

  1. Washable fabric on the outside.  Most diaper bags have the smooth, wipeable fabric on the inside thinking any messes can be easily wiped up that way.  But I’ve had 7 babies, so, being the expert that I am, I wanted the washable fabric on the OUTSIDE.  You see, I’ve learned that the outside of the bag gets so dirty from being dragged around everywhere, used as an impromptu picnic basket, or a seat cushion while sitting for hours on metal bleachers, and the laminated cotton on the OUTside makes it so easy to clean when (not if!) it gets dirty, and resists stains too!  I had extra fabric left from making Annie a rain jacket, and it was perfect for this use.pockets inside the perfect diaper bag
  2. Pockets on the inside, but not too many!  I was gifted some (more) fabric a while back and in it I found the beginning of an apron the giver started to sew from some really cute fabric and then quit.  They had just finished attaching to pockets to the front piece when they stopped!  apron beforeWell, that’s exactly the size of pockets I wanted.  Big enough for a change of clothes for 2 children.  The baby and the next one up…they are the ones most likely to need them!  inside diaper bag
  3. A ring on the inside to clip things to.  There’s nothing like searching around in the bottom of a deep bag among the crumbs, empty wrappers and unidentifiable things for those elusive keys while juggling a baby, a toddler, a few bags of groceries, all the while your cell phone is tinkling your husband’s special ring!  I also keep my bag in a bag.  This is where I put dirty diapers and soiled clothing until I can get home and wash them.perfect diaper bag inside
  4. BIG pocket for everything else.  I keep the diaper clutch, a swaddling blanket, and a small pouch with all my first aid needs.  Yes, with seven offspring, I do carry an entire first aid kit in my diaper bag!  Creams, gels, pills, a small toy, extra pacifier, bandages, snacks, etc. all go in this little zipper pouch.pocket for mom on the perfect diaper bag
  5. One zipper pocket on the back for MY stuff!  It needed to be big enough to hold a tablet and wallet, but not so cavernous that every extra thing gets thrown in there and it’s no longer MY pocket, but my-and-everything-including-the-spare-parts-for-the-kitchen-sink-pocket.back of perfect diaper bag
  6. Two side pockets of different heights.  One short enough for a cell phone one tall enough for a water (or baby) bottle.  This way a leaky bottle doesn’t get put on top of my cell phone because the rice-in-a-bag trick doesn’t work!Diaper bag and clutch
  7. A short strap.  Most diaper bag tutorials have instructions for an adjustable handle, but I really don’t need it banging around my knees while I’m already trying not to trip over my toddler, or 6 year old, or 8 year old, or the odd teenager or two!  I don’t need it to be long enough to be cross body either as I’m already probably balancing a baby on one hip and a toddler on the other!messenger diaper bag
  8. A flap over the top long/large enough to cover and protect the contents, but not tied/latched/snapped/connected as I need to be able to open it one handed while using the other hand to keep the baby on the flimsy changing table, and one leg to block the toddler from crawling out from under the stall wall while yelling, “Mom, what’s that lady doing?  I heard somebody toot!”diaper clutch with changing pad
  9. A grab and go diaper clutch.  Why I waited for the seventh child to make myself one of these is a mystery.  Chalk it up to too many recurrences of pregnancy induced baby brain!  But this little thing is a sweet!  Most often, the whole diaper bag stays in the vehicle and I grab the clutch and go.  It holds only a few diapers and a slim container of wipes.  It also is a changing mat that folds up and buttons together.  This is so handy for when I run into somewhere for just an hour or so and don’t need the whole perfect diaper bag.  fold up changing pad

For specifics, I loosely used this tutorial, but changed the dimensions to be shorter and wider as well as all the perfections I made above!

The Perfect Diaper Bag!

Take it from me, a Mom of many, this is the perfect diaper bag!

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Reverse Applique Tutorial for Fox Shirt

reverse applique fox shirt

Girl Charlee knit fox fabric

Yesterday I reviewed the Playhouse Dress and showed you the knit fantastic fox fabric I used from Girl Charlee.  Well, since I bought 2 yards of it, there was plenty left, so I decided to make good on my promise to sew more for my boys.

fox pajama pants

I decided to make a pair of pajama pants for 2 of the boys.  First of all I used Dana’s basic pants tutorial to make a pair for David.  These were very easy to make, thanks Dana!

Baby pants

Then I graded up the newborn Footed Baby Pants from Sew Much Ado to accommodate a 9 month size baby.  This was also a very easy and fast sew as I had used this pattern before for Magda’s baby gift.

reverse applique fox shirt

Then I decided David needed a fox shirt to go with his fox pajama pants!  Enter another reverse appliqué creation!  This time I am going to document a small (mostly picture-less) reverse appliqué tutorial so that when I go to do this again (it really is that easy and fun!) I don’t have to hunt all over the internet and combine my favorite tutorials to make one!

1: Cut out pieces from white for shirt.  Cut out piece of red knit size of fox for under layer.  This time I used Once Upon A Sewing Machine’s raglan tee tutorial.  And I used old white t-shirts from Daddy, so this is a refashion too!

fox for reverse applique tutorial

2:  Scan fox fabric onto computer, enlarge my favorite fox and print out a black & white version!

3:  Trace fox onto wax or tissue paper, NOT freezer paper!  (Lesson learned there!)

4:  Iron wax paper onto shirt front piece, pin red knit piece under white shirt front piece, sew around outline.  I also sewed around the white markings on the fox.  I used red thread to accent the fox shape on the white shirt.

5:  Peel off wax paper.

6: Cut out inside and close to stitching.

reverse applique fox photo

7: Sew shirt together as instructed.

reverse applique tutorial

That’s it!  So fast, fun, easy, and spectacular results.  This photo shoot is more of the same as yesterday’s post at the fair when we had it all to ourselves!

reverse applique fox

The location was so great and colorful and had so many things to keep them interested.  All photography credit (once again) go to Allegra, our chief photographer.

fox shirt reverse applique tutorialI made these things during Kids Clothes Week.  You can see the footed baby pajamas here.

fair photo shoot

The fox shirt can be seen on KCW here.   And the bigger fox pajama pants here.

reverse applique fox shirt

This was our first time sewing with Kids Clothes Week, and we made 6 things!

Fox shirt at the fair

David likes to wear the fox shirt often, and also with his matching pajama pants.

Girl Charlee knit fox fabric

When they go out together, they are matching, but not so matchy-matchy that it’s suffocating!

girl charlee knit fabric with foxes

This boy had such a great time “driving” the cars…he had them all to himself!

reverse applique fox“Where’s everyone?”

climbing into a truck

I found out that this exact fabric is no longer available at Girl Charlee, but it would be so cute to do with this fawn fabric!  Then I discovered that Girl Charlee is going to stock this fabric in slightly different background colors which you can pre-order now!  But the fawn fabric would be awesome, too!

Photo shoot at county fairFoxes are so in right now…but let us know, what are you going to use this reverse appliqué tutorial to make next?

fox applique tutorial

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12 Skirts for Skirting The Issue

Skirting the Issue

July was a great month for skirts!  Over at Simple Simon & Co. the Elizabeths held an event that’s probably the best skirt event of the year.  It’s called Skirting The Issue, and it’s all about making skirts…for needy girls in foster care.  What a great event!  What a great cause!  So of course we couldn’t miss out.  After all, we are the skirt website, right?  So we sewed up some skirts for Skirting The Issue and now we are sharing them with you.

We felt like this event was so great, all 4 of us wanted to contribute some skirts.  Annie’s sewing ability is a little in the shady area so far, but in time she’ll learn!  So she chose 3 skirts from our stash of skirts to be refashioned.  Here are Annie’s selected skirts in sizes 5, 8, and 5:

Skirting the Issue

Aria wanted to refashion some skirts.  So we started with 6 skirts.  The tops of three of the skirts were in great condition, but the fabric on the bottom was ripped.  And for the bottoms of the three refashioned skirts, the original skirts were either stained, lackluster, stretched out or dated!  Combine them, and you have 3 new skirts for girls who need them!  They are sizes 6X/7 and two size 10s:

Skirting the IssueSkirting the Issue RefashionsSkirting the Issue refashions

Aria’s contribution:

3 refashioned skirts

Allegra raided our fabric stash and found three fabrics as her base.  She matched them with the most adorable coordinating fabrics for the pockets and trim for the pocket edges.  She used the basic measurement charts that was provided over at Project Run & Play to make 3 skirts in the upper sizes, a 10, 12, and 16.

3Pocket Skirts2

When Annie saw Allegra’s handiwork, the fairy pockets, the sparkly gold trim and that certain shade of blue, she just had to have “an Elsa skirt” and a photo shoot, so Allegra ended up making 4 skirts!


This child was in full actress mode for these photos!


She has never seen Frozen, only a few YouTube videos of the songs, but that seems to be enough!Elsa Skirt

She found a “perfect cape” in the dress up box!Elsa SkirtI think she was right…the skirt works, and it wasn’t as hard to make as a whole costume!
Elsa Skirt tutorial

You just have to wonder what she’s thinking!!Cute and easy elsa skirt tutorial!

These photos were taken in our “squash tunnel” where things are growing gangbusters!  But we’re not sure how we’re going to harvest this pumpkin!!

Pie Pumpkin

I decided to make 3 skirts, and make a tutorial.  Every day during Skirting The Issue, there were skirt tutorials posted!  We’d love to be chosen to share a skirt tutorial next year!

Finishing a skirt with bias tape tutorial:

Using Seam Binding to finish a skirt

1: Cut out 2 rectangles using dimensions on chart for desired skirt size.  Gather together matching seam binding and thread.


2: Sew 2 rectangles, right sides together, at sides to make a tube.  Finish seam edges as desired.


3: Fold over 1/4 inch on top edge of skirt and iron, wrong sides together.


4: Fold over additional 1 inch on top edge of skirt and iron, wrong sides together.  You have just made the elastic casing.


5: Sew close to bottom edge of elastic casing at top of skirt.  Sew on the inside of the skirt so you can line up the edge of your presser foot along the edge of the casing and end up with a nice straight line!


6: Stop before you get to where you started so you have room to insert the elastic!


7: Insert elastic through casing by using a pin on one end to pull elastic through.


8: Over lap the ends of the elastic and sew together.  Work elastic fully into casing.


9: Sew casing shut.


10: Fold bias tape around unfinished bottom of skirt and sew in place.


11: Overlap the ends and fold under the last end for a nice clean finish.


TaDa!  You have finished a skirt in record time!

pink bias tap skirt

And such pretty hem detail too!

pink bias skirt

You can use this for a pencil skirt shape too!

pencil bias2

You can add pockets and use bias tape trim at the top of the pockets if you want too!

bias tape pocket skirt

I made 3 skirts like this, in sizes 4, 6 & 8:

Skirting the Issue

So that’s a total of 12 skirts donated for the Skirting The Issue cause!  We loved this event, and since our mission here at Skirt Fixation is to promote skirts, this event is right up our alley!  If you have time to whip up a skirt or two, be sure to find all the information you need here for donating your projects to this great cause.

Skirting the Issue

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Refashion for Magda!

Perfect gift set for a baby boy!

If you’ve come here from from House of Estrela, Hi, and welcome!  Let us introduce ourselves.  We are a mother/daughters team and we blog here at Skirt Fixation about everything to do with skirts!  When we signed up to be a part of Magda’s Refashion Month, we had no clue what we would be refashioning!  How’s that for planning?  But sometimes we work best when we fly by the seat of our, er, skirt!  So we signed up and thought hoped inspiration would hit later.  Then Magda was one of our contestants during Challenge Create: Adult Edition, and we learned a lot more about her, including that she was expecting a baby boy.  By the time the contest was finished, we loved Magda and her style and her new unborn baby, and knew we had to make something for the little one.  Having welcomed a baby boy to our family in April, we had a pretty good idea of what the perfect baby boy gift basket could contain!  (And to make it extra special for Magda, the refashion queen, we had to include a refashion!)  So here’s a photo of the finished baby gift set.

Perfect gift set for a baby boy!

We got the courage to actually sew something, as opposed to buy something, from a cousin because she sent us a handmade baby gift in April, and it was our absolute favorite gift!  We knew all the work and love that had gone into it!  Now we’ll explain each piece of that set individually.  First, the sleep sacque, refashioned from a nightdress.

NIghtdress before

We took this picture right after we forgot to take a before photo and had cut off the lace hem and bodice top!  But we pieced them back together for you to get the idea.  We used Frances Suzanne’s tutorial except made the sleep sacque a little shorter as they suggested.  We cut the top off a long sleeve onesie (see the mittened hands, perfect for covering newborn baby fingernails?!)  and used it for the top of the sleep sacque.  We gathered the bottom piece of the nightie, and here you have a little comfy sleep sacque for a newborn boy!

sleep sacque for baby boy

We love to use sleep sacques at the beginning of a newborn’s life because they make diaper changes so much easier!  And there are a lot of diaper changes at first!

The next piece in the baby boy gift basket is the footed set.

footed pants with matching hat

We used two tutorials for this one, the footed pants from Sew Much Ado, and the knotted knit hat from Make It Love It.  Again, we always keep a hat on our newborn, and the footed pants are so nice too because they eliminate the whole missing sock, cold foot epidemic our babies have always suffered from!  Allegra embroidered around the monkey we added to the (store bought) onesie to make it match the rest of the outfit.

The last two things in the gift basket for Magda’s baby boy are two swaddle blankets.

swaddle blankets

When our first baby, Allegra, was born, you could find receiving blankets in sizes large enough to swaddle a baby well into the first six months of their lives.  But since then, baby blankets have shrunk!  Quite a few years and babies later, we decided to start making our own blankets in just the right size for swaddling!  Now being that Magda’s baby is going to be swaddled in July, we used a lightweight flannel of just one layer.  For winter babies, you can use thicker flannel or two layers.  Most baby blankets are slightly rectangular, and that just doesn’t work for swaddling very well, so we make ours 42″ x 26″.  That size gives you plenty of width for wrapping around the baby, and not too much extra hanging past their feet that you don’t know what to do with!

Perfect gift set for a baby boy!

Well, there you have it…in our opinion, the perfect gift basket for a baby boy!  Be sure to pop over to House of Estrela in July for all the fun during her Refashion Month.

Here is the lineup of who else is making a refashion for Magda during her Refashion Month.

Gigggles & Beans – Nest full of Eggs – Friends Stitched Together – The Lachman Collection – Sew Straight & Gather – FABulous Home Sewn – Skirt Fixation – Swoodson Says – Gracious Threads – Sews n Bows – Carissa Knits – Sew Shelly Sew – Hamilton Chicklets – Climbing the Willow – Serger Pepper – xoxo Grandma – Threading My Way – Sara Made – The Land of K.A. 

Did you know there’s a giveaway, too?   a Rafflecopter giveaway
 The giveaway is for people who link up a refashion in the Flickr group!


Congratulations, Magda, and enjoy that new baby boy!

Audrey, Allegra, Arie & Annie

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Red, White &/Or Blue Roundup!

Fabric Swap Sew Along

We’ve been seeing some pretty neat projects out there in Blogland that would be perfect for week 1 of Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition.  That week you will be seeing all sorts of Red, White, &/Or Blue creations from our contestants who have all swapped Red, White, &/Or Blue fabric.

15 Projects to make with red, white and blue fabricWe are so excited to see what they make, and what projects are entered in the sew along!  So while we wait for the first week of July to arrive, we thought we’d round up some Red, White and Blue fabric creations!

Star Table Runner

Jamie from Everyday Art posted this tutorial over at The Ribbon Retreat.  A perfect application of Red, White, and Blue Fabric!

Hand Dyed Patriot Sundress

In three easy steps you can make a huge statement, and Jen over at 100 Directions tells you just how to make this dress!

Red, White & Blue Dishtowels

Melissa over at Polkadot Chair blog offers a tutorial for these cute patriotic dishtowels.

DIY Kitty Bag

Eva Monleon over at Handmade Charlotte has this adorable Kitty Bag.  Who couldn’t use a kitty bag?

DIY Patriotic Banner

Marie from Blooming Homestead offers this quick, easy, no-sew banner in Red, White & Blue.

Firecracker Dress

Our good friend Magda made this awesome Firecracker dress over at House of Estrela.

Patriotic Colorblock Pillow

Amy from Positively Splendid has a tutorial for this sweet little color block pillow in Red, White & Blue!

Matilda Dress

Suzanne, one of our Challenge Create: Adult Edition winners, made a beautiful little dress in Red, White and/Or Blue!  You can read all about it over at Winter Wonderings.

Scrap Fabric Bunting

Megan and Splendid Design have a scrap fabric bunting tutorial in patriotic fabrics.

Wrap Around Toddler Blouse or Dress

Beth has a tutorial for this fantastic blouse or dress over at Sawdust and Embryos.

The Cooper Bag

Cooper Bag

You can find this Cooper bag and Erin too over at Sewbon.

Burlap & Denim Wreath

Michelle over at The Scrap Shoppe shows you how to use (blue) denim and (red & white) burlap to make this wreath!

Upcycled T-shirt Firecracker Dress

Beckie has a tutorial for this comfy little t-shirt dress over at Infarrantly Creative.  I think I’m going to make one in my size!

American Flag Quilt

Now that I’ve got the itch to quilt again, Susan’s American Flag Quilt looks like a good place to start.  The tutorial is at Living with Punks.

4th of July Ruffle Skirt

Then there’s the ever popular Red, White and Blue Ruffle Skirt from Mama Says Sew by Terra with a tutorial, too!

That’s it for our Red, White and Blue round up of 15 projects you can make with red, white, &/or blue fabric!  Are you inspired to sew along?  We are surely inspired, and we’ll be showing you soon what we made with red, white and blue fabric!

Make it beautiful,


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Four Seasons Skirt Pattern!

Four seasons skirt pattern for spring

Today I’m going to continue with yesterday’s skirt pattern tutorial, and morph it into a four seasons skirt pattern!  The pattern I showed you how to make yesterday is for a very basic skirt, and can be modified so many different ways.  For today’s post I’m going to show you the way to use the four seasons skirt pattern to make maxi skirts, but it would be very easy to shorten this into midi or mini or knee length skirts too!  Without further ado…the four seasons skirts!

The Spring Skirt

Four seasons skirt pattern for springTo make this skirt I found a very spring-y fabric at Jo-Ann’s.  All the pattern and the embroidery make this skirt very colorful and busy!  I didn’t want to add to the busyness of the skirt by making a seam up the back, so I cut out two pieces from my interfacing pattern piece, both on the fold, cutting the fabric 4 inches longer than I wanted the finished length of the skirt to be.  I moved the zipper over to the side seam, and made the basic part of the skirt as usual.  Next I made two horizontal pleats around the bottom  of the skirt. Then I cut out several long rectangles and gathered them for the ruffle around the bottom.  Finally, I added the tiny transparent blue ribbon above the two pleats.

spring detailEvery time I wear this skirt, I get complemented!

The Summer Skirt

Four seasons skirt pattern summer skirtThe fabric for this skirt came from Jo-Ann’s also.  It came all sewed together in strips as shown, but every time I wear this skirt, someone asks if I made the skirt, and they are so impressed at all the work I put into it!  Sometimes I explain, and sometimes I let them remain impressed!  I made this summer skirt as described for the spring skirt above, except I didn’t add 4 inches to the bottom of the pattern.  I added a strip of lace around the bottom, and I was done with my lightweight summer maxi skirt!

summer detailThe Fall Skirt

Four seasons skirt pattern fall skirtThis was the easiest of the four skirt to make!  I did not make any alterations to the pattern except for putting the zipper on the side instead of in the back because again, the print of the skirt was busy enough without putting a seam in the back.  I didn’t even hem this skirt, instead using the selvedge for the hem.

fall detailI picked up this fabric at Jo-Ann’s as well, and I’m sure it was intended for making dresses, but since I’m so tall…skirt it was!

The Winter Skirt

Four seasons skirt pattern winter skirtI saw a skirt I really loved being sold by Long Tall Sally.  But (this was a few years ago, before they had any buying options for us US tall ladies) I didn’t want to go through the hastle of buying a skirt from the UK, plus it was a little out of my price range.  So I decided to copy it!  I started with some navy blue wool crepe.  I cut out the skirt exactly according to my interface pattern, with the zipper in the back.  Then I cut out an additional rectangle of fabric, about 4.5 inches wide, hemmed it and sewed it on about 4 inches above the hem of the skirt, making for a layered look.

winter detailI added the buttons because the original skirt had decorative buttons there.  My mother-in-law says this skirt looks like I payed a lot of money for it!

4 Seasons Skirt PatternNow it’s your turn…do you have a pattern to turn to every season?

Make it beautiful,


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How to Make a Pattern From a Skirt

Today I’m going to show you how to make a pattern from a skirt and then tomorrow I will show you how to modify that pattern into a skirt for every season!  Do you remember this skirt?

thrift store skirtI used it to make the lining for Annie’s raincoat.  But if you remember, I loved it and wore it and wore it and finally wore it out!  So before I cut it up to make the lining of Annie’s raincoat, I took a pattern off of it.

lining cut from a skirtGood thing I did, because when I was done it looked like this!  Making a pattern from a skirt is very easy to do.  You will only need a piece of lightweight, non-glued interfacing.  Fold your skirt in 1/2 and trace over the top of the skirt onto the interfacing.  Then add any extra needed allowance at the top for the darts.  There was one dart on the top of my skirt 1/2, so I tapered the top out an extra inch away from the skirt and added a dart marking where the dart was on the skirt.

dart and zipperYou can see where I have marked the dart and the bottom of the zipper here.  Now cut out around your markings on the interfacing.  For a waistband, you need to cut out a rectangle 2.5 inches wide and 4 times as long as the top of your interfacing pattern.  For example, the top of my pattern was 9 inches across, so I cut out a 2.5” x 36” rectangle.   Because of the 4 pleats around the skirt, and the seam allowances, this will allow you plenty of  length to make the overlapping ends of the waistband.

interfacing patternThere you have it!  A pattern from a skirt!  you didn’t think it was going to be that easy did you?  With this very basic skirt pattern you can make so many variations, and tomorrow I’m going to show you 4 different skirts I made, one for every season, from taking this pattern from a skirt.  How about you, have you ever made a pattern from a skirt or any piece of existing clothing?

Make it beautiful,