Tutorial: Easy, Peasy, Whrrly, Twirly Skirt

by This is Carrie on November 20, 2009


Make one using a vintage floral sheet or turn it into a dress-up skirt using something sparkly.
This skirt is so easy, you should probably make both.
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casserole November 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm

So cute!! I love a skirt cut from a more circular shape – gives it a nice drape.

I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-easy-peasy-whrrly-twirly-skirt/2009/11/20/

–Anne

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Heather November 21, 2009 at 2:07 am

Thanks for posting such easy instructions, I totally feel like I could do it if I had a sewing machine that worked!

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Trudy Callan November 21, 2009 at 6:55 am

Cute skirt.

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Diana Hulme November 24, 2009 at 4:25 am

can you make your blog not cut off in google reader? you always have such great ideas – keep it up! :)

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jaya pratheesh December 1, 2009 at 2:51 pm

the instructions were very good and very clear, but that whrrl site is such a pain in the neck to use! why dont you upload the tute at burdastyle?

p.s. my mom used to make circle skirts from a square of fabric, just like you cut a circle from paper. you can see a full tute at my blog.

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Jen C. December 18, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Thanks for the tutorial! I'll definitely be trying this one for my little girl.

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sara May 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Hi — The newborn gown from a little league t-shirt turned out great. Thanks! So, on to the the next project. Abby and I are going to make this skirt. I am just such a beginner with making patterns, so I have this really basic question. Is your original rectangle side (waist measurement) half the waist (since you are cutting on the fold) or the whole waist (making it pretty gathered)? It looks to me like it is not THAT gathered. Is it? Thanks!
Sara

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You’re questions isn’t basic at all. When I went back and ready my tutorial, it’s really unclear how I got the waist measurement for my pattern – because it’s not the actual waist measurement of my kid.

so here it is:

W = true waist x 1.5 and then divide by 2 (because the pattern is cut on the fold. Basically, you want a gathering ratio of 1: 1.5 at the waist when adding elastic. It’s gathered, but not too gathered–you’re right.

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jen August 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Would love to feature this tutorial on the VS blog http://vintagesheets.blogspot.com Please let me know if that would be ok!

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Jacqueline Snell February 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

Hi Carrie, do you have a tutorial for bias tape? I have the hardest time putting it on things!

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This is Carrie
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I don’t, but Dana over at Made does: http://www.dana-made-it.com/2011/02/heart-hotpads-tutorial-proper-and.html
I use what she calls the “cheater way” with my blind stitch foot because it’s easy to ride it right along the edge of the tape and change the needle position to sew 1/16″ in from that edge. As long as you have the longer edge of the bias on the underside of the garment, it goes on really easy for this skirt.

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