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:
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:
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.
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!
She found a “perfect cape” in the dress up box!I think she was right…the skirt works, and it wasn’t as hard to make as a whole costume!
You just have to wonder what she’s thinking!!
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!!
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:
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!
And such pretty hem detail too!
You can use this for a pencil skirt shape too!
You can add pockets and use bias tape trim at the top of the pockets if you want too!
I made 3 skirts like this, in sizes 4, 6 & 8:
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.