A Cute Skirt for a Cute Niece

With the success of the Great British Bake Off, the BBC decided to add to the “Great British” series with the Great British Sewing Bee.   I liked this show as much as the Bake Off, because I am a fledgling seamstress.  And it inspired an item on my Bucket List.

One of the challenges they do every episode is to give the contestants a plain item of clothing which they must completely and utterly alter.  For instance, in one episode they were all given a plain blue shapeless t-shirt to transform.

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My favourite was this beautiful technique.

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In another episode they all got to pick an 80’s power suit to transform.

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I decided that it was something I wanted to try. If nothing else, it’s a good exercise for practicing my skills.  However, I am quite large.  So I knew it would be difficult to find something big enough to make something for me, so I settled on making something for my little niece.

With that in mind, I picked up this stripy shirt…

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And I knew what I wanted to do with it.  The first step however was unpicking this rouching (not the technical term) on the back so I could use as much of the fabric as possible.

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Luckily that was just a case of cutting the elastic on the inside in a few places.

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Next step, trim the shirt to reveal the fabric I had to work with.  I needed two pieces.  Fold each piece into quarters and cut out a circle waist.  The internet told me the average waist size of an 18 month old, and I found something that was approximately the right size.

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Cut out the circles from both pieces of fabric…

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…and overlay the two pieces, with the points at angles with each other.

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You could tack around the circle here, just to keep them in place.

The next step is the waistband.  I cut a piece of elastic to just a bit smaller than my niece’s waist, pinned it together and marked the ends with pins.

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I marked the halfway points as well, and then the quarter marks of the circle on the fabric.  I aligned the elastic with the skirt, pinning in place.

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Next up, sew the elastic to the skirt.  I knew that when sewing elastic you’re meant to use a zig zag stitch, but I couldn’t remember if you were supposed to stretch the fabric as you sew or not.  I erred on the side of not, and still managed to get some give in there.

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My cutting skills need a bit of work.  My sewing skills still leave a lot to be desired too, but it works.

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I somehow managed to mess up joining the ends of the elastic, and had an ugly little bump.

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But I am a creative genius!  And I figured out how to solve the problem.

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Isn’t it cute?

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I don’t have a picture of the recipient wearing it yet, but I’ll share as soon as I do.

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About Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/doodler/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.
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