Last year I made this skirt using a bright, fun print... Dr Seuss Fabric - Pastel Rainbow Hills by Robert Kaufman - Oh the places you'll go. The close up photos further down in the post show the colours best.
Based on Little Miss' measurements (20" waist), I cut out the fabric, resulting in a skirt that measures 15" from waist to knee...
- yoke - 7" x 32"
- skirt - 10½" x width of fabric
- binding - 2½" x 50" I would change this next time.
- Gather the skirt before attaching to the yoke. Detailed instructions in the sewing ruffles tutorial.
- To make the casing for the elastic, turn under ¼" + 1¼" and insert ¾"elastic. Detailed instructions in the simple gathered skirt tutorial.
- ⅜" seams
Super easy and very quick up to this point. All that's left is the binding for the hem.
I had this brainwave, or so I thought at the time. Why not try quilt binding on the bottom of the skirt? And that's what I did...
- double the binding and sew to the right side of the skirt
- fold the binding to the wrong side
- on the right side, stitch in the ditch to attach the binding at the back.
All looked fine, until Little Miss tried on the skirt. The binding stopped the skirt from falling as it should. I didn't even think that the thickness of the binding would alter the drape of the skirt. It kind of worked like a rope skirt.
The skirt is still wearable and I've learnt something, so my experiment wasn't a failure. If I want a skirt or dress to really stand out at the hem, I might use a quilt binding method again. Otherwise, I'll use a more traditional method of attaching binding to the hem of a garment.
Do you like to experiment as you sew, or would you prefer to play it safe?