Daughter “needed” an Easter outfit and I had scraps. These varying shades of blue cotton-poly blend broadcloth came in a scrap bag a while back. I set them aside, loving the colors and sure I could put them to good use somehow.
NOTE: Scrap thread, too. Scrap fabric allows for scrap thread, don’t you think?
I drew up a sort of sketch and started searching for ideas to make it come to life.
Emu has a user-friendly skirt tutorial that I have used over and over for basic sizing, plus I LOVE her waistband. I do not cut using patterns, but instead lay in out on the rotary cutting mat and go to work.
Then I came across this idea very similar to my own that helped me with the ruffles.
I did change it up substantially.
Just to give you an idea, this skirt is 23″ finished length. Each ruffle (except the middle one) started as a 6-inch piece of fabric folded in half. It was light weight enough that it gave the look I wanted without adding too much bulk. The middle ruffle is only one layer 3-inches wide and serged on the edges. The rows of ruffle are spaced 1-3/4 inches apart. And I tapered the ends of the partial ruffles, again using the serger.
The skirt has a full lining of the lightest colored fabric and a sash, which also started at 6-inches. The flower pin is made by ruffling 2-inch wide folded-in-half fabric and sewing around and around. There are several good tutorials for similar items out there.
All in all I am really happy with the finished results. Daughter looks happy and much too grown up for almost-eleven.
If you try something similar, I would love to see how it turns out. And, I’m glad to answer any questions along the way.