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Alivia's Spooktacular Halloween Skirt Tutorial

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Alivia's Spooktacular Halloween Skirt Tutorial

When I found out this morning that seven-year-old granddaughter Alivia wanted a Halloween skirt, I dropped everything and got busy!  Since we live in different parts of the country, sewing for the little ones always gives me a wonderful feeling of being close to them!  While my hands are busy sewing, my mind is filled with images of that sweet face and memories we've shared :-)


I only used two of  Alivia's  measurements as a basis for the skirt, her waist 24" and a desired skirt length of 18" (knee length).


Seam allowances are 1/2" 

Elastic width is 1" 


STEP ONE:  Determine yoke measurements.  I chose 5 1/2" for the depth of the skirt yoke and to determine the length of the two yoke sections, I added 12" to her waist measurement 24" plus 12" = 36" divided by 2 (yoke sections) = 18" plus 1" for (2) 1/2" seams, so the length of each yoke is 19".   


Formula:  CUT 2 YOKES:  5 1/2" deep by (waist measurement _____ plus 12" = ____ plus 1")


STEP TWO:  Determine panel cuts.

To determine the panel widths, I used the waist measurement (24") plus 12" = 36" and doubled it for a total skirt width of 72".  Since I wanted to use 6 different prints twice (6 front and 6 back), I divided 72" by 12 (panels) = 6" and then I added 1" for (2) 1/2" seams for a total of 12 panels with a width cut of 7".


To determine the panel lengths, I took the desired skirt length of 18" and subtracted the finished yoke measurement of 3 1/2" (trust me on this one!) and added on 2" for the hem.  

Desired length (18") minus 3 1/2" (finished yoke) plus 2"
(hem allowance) = 16 1/2"


Panel width formula:  Waist measurement plus 12" times 2 = ____  divided by number of panels plus 1" = panel widths.   


Desired skirt length ___ minus 3 1/2" plus ___ (hem allowance) = Panel lengths


For Alivia's skirt, I cut 12 panels 7" wide by 16 1/2" deep for a total skirt width of 72" and a finished length of 18" which included a 2" hem.  


Note:   If you do not have a serger, add 1/4" to the depth of the yoke measurement and 1/4" to the hem for turning under the raw edge.  Also finish seams with a zigzag stitch if you are using a regular sewing machine. 


STEP THREE:  Prepare yokes for elastic casing by pressing down 1 1/2" on the top edge of each. I serged the top edge of my yokes, but if you added 1/4" press that under and then press down 1 1/2".  

Easy fabric strip skirt tutorial

STEP FOUR: Open up pressed edge and right sides together, stitch the short ends of the yoke to form a circle.  Finish seams and press. 

STEP FIVE:  To form elastic casing, fold down pressed edge and stitch close to the bottom edge leaving an opening of approximately 1 1/2" for elastic insertion.


STEP SIX:  Right sides together, RST, sew all of the long edges of the skirt panels together to form a circle.  Finish seams and press.  Hem the bottom edge of the skirt.  

STEP SEVEN:  Prepare skirt for gathering

Fold skirt flat and use a pencil to mark the "side seams."

Use a long machine basting stitch and loosen the tension on your sewing machine.  Run a row of stitches 1/2" from the top edge of the skirt, leaving a tail of thread at the beginning and end to pull for gathering.  Do not backstitch at the beginning or end of your stitching. 


STEP EIGHT: Attach yoke to skirt 
Right sides together, pin the top of the skirt to the bottom edge of the yoke, lining up the marked side seams of the skirt with the side seams of the yoke.  Pull the bottom thread of the basting stitches and gather the skirt to fit the width of the yoke, adjusting gathers evenly.  Stitch and finish seam.  

Gathering method for sewing


STEP NINE:  Turn seam upwards toward yoke and topstitch on the outside of the skirt, catching the seam in the stitching.  

STEP TEN:  Finishing waistband 

Cut 1" elastic the length of the waist measurement minus 1".  Insert elastic into opening with a safety pin.  I anchored the other end of the elastic by pinning it to the seam.  


Work the elastic through the casing, overlap the short ends and stitch securely. Sew opening closed.  Work fabric with your fingers to distribute evenly.

All Done! 

This is repost from 2014 that I thought I would share for Halloween fun and easy sewing tutorial. Enjoy! 

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