My daughter loves to wears skirts! She wears a skirt everyday, even if it is over her jeans! It's just a part of her daily clothing requirements. She loves to dance and twirl all day! So I decided to make her a "puffy" skirt, or most commonly called a bubble skirt. I call this my Double Bubble Tulle Skirt because both the skirt and the tulle is "bubbled".
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Here are the instructions:
I started out with some fabric I bought at a yard sale.
I bought lots of fabric at yard sales a few years ago when I lived in Arizona. See here and here for more projects I sewed with fabric from yard sales.
I cut 18 inches wide of fabric. I just used the length of the fabric.
I needed a lining. So I used an old black slip that I had that didn't fit anymore. (It's one of those items that never quite fit the same after having kids.)
I sewed the material onto the slip. The material was wider than the slip, so I pleated the fabric about every inch so it would fit. And put right sides together. This is what it looked like:
On the other side of the fabric, I turned it over 3 inches for the waist.
I sewed two lines for the elastic. I wanted a little gather at the top. And I left a half inch at the bottom. I will show you why later. Don't forget to leave space to put your elastic in.
After I put the elastic it, I evened out the gathers. Now I have had clothing where the elastic turns around in the casing. It drives me crazy! So I stretch out the elastic after putting it in the skirt and I sew right down the middle of it so it won't flip over. If you look closely, you can see the stitches I made. Now that elastic is staying put! :)
So this is what the skirt looks like with the slip pulled out.
Now is the time to cut the slip (or lining) part down. I cut the slip 4 inches from the hem I made.
Remember when I said that you would need that half an inch from the bottom of your elastic? Well, this is when you need it. Pull the lining up to the hem and pin it together. Do the best you can and make sure it is as even as you can get it. And then sew it together. This is probably the hardest part of the skirt.
This is what the skirt looks like after being sewed.
After I got to this point, I decided that I wanted something more to the skirt. I decided to "bubble" some black tulle to put underneath the skirt. I didn't take any pictures of this part, but I will explain what I did. I cut 10 inch strips of tulle. I used about 3 long strips. I folded them in half long ways and gathered it. This made the "bubble". I cut 4 inches off of the slip that I used for the skirt. I sewed the tulle to that part of the slip. I sewed on two layers of gathered tulle. Then I took my slip of tulle and sewed it onto that half inch of material below the elastic.
She loves to dance and play in her new skirt!
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