Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Single Tier Chiffon Skirt

My skirts started out as this:  10yd long piece of Chiffon, 20-30yd long piece of trim.  I used the ruffler foot for my sewing machine to attatch the ruffle to the chiffon, then to attatch the chiffon to the satin waistband. 
The waistband was cut twice as tall as I wanted it to measure in the end.  I actually did that on purpose :0).  If I had made a pettiskirt, I would have sewn one skirt to each edge of the waistband.  With this being an attempt to use less fabric, still have a darling skirt, but make it more affordable, I attatched a liner to the other side.  I just recently experienced a screaming success at rolled hems on my serger!!!  I can't even tell you how exciting it was!  With that said, still bringing goosbumps at this very moment, I rolled-hemmed the liner. 
Serged all the seams.  You don't have to have a serger to make one of these!  They recommend you either iron on fussable interfacing strips to the borders of the satin, or use fraycheck to seal them up tight.  Email me if you have any questions :0)  I would love to answer them.  At this point, I iron the seams towards the satin, sew the back seam flat (leaving an access hole), and sewing the long seams together.  Then I go around and sew the elastic line.   

Anyway, I made one a skirt for the 2yr old and one a dress for an infant.  I made the waistbands adjustable so that they can grow with the girls.  The babies will be a dress at first, then the waistband can be let out, ribbon taken off, then used as a skirt.  Here are the waistbands: 
So that picture turned out goofy!  So Sorry!!!
I like the whole idea of buttons and a button hole.  What bothered me was how totally angry I would be if I went to move to the next button, and lost the elastic in the skirt.  I figured if I sewed a ribbon to both ends, so esentially they are sewn together, you could always pull the ribbon and find the other end.  This requires sewing a ribbon on, then sewing buttons on to the same end, then threading the elastic through the band, and finally, sewing the other end of the ribbon onto the other side of the elastic, the button hole side.
Got it?

Next was to sew on ribbons for the straps.  I sewed them to the front, buttons and button holes for the back so they are adjustable.  Stitched a thin ribbon to the front to attatch the flowers.  I feel like the whole flower barret thing is common knowledge.  Just incase it is not, buy a flower from your favorite craft store, pull the face off the stem.  Pull of the plastic piece that is on the back, along with the plastic center.  Slip some hot glue inbetween each layer of the flower, glue gem to the front.  I like to glue the gem on first so I am pushing on that, not just the thin flower fabric.  That way my fingers get a little less burnt.  Line an aligator clip with fabric, and hot glue the flower to the clip.  I tried to glue straight to a clip once, without lining with ribbon first.  The thing fell off in like an hour!  Do the ribbon.  If you want to be really sure it will stay on there, stitch it with some button/craft thread. 
Anyway, clippy on that flower, child! 

They just turned out breathtaking!  These pictures just don't do them justice!

Want to make some?
The chiffon I use is Nylon Chiffon. They do not sell it at Joanns. I order online at THIS site. I learned how to make these skirts with Kerri's instructions(scroll down a little). Not way, super easy...actually, it is way super easy, just a SUPER-DUPPER pain in the butt!  

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