Sunday, April 10, 2011

Quick and easy ruffle skirt tutorial- inspired by Modcloth and Ruche

I made this in about three-ish hours. It would not have taken so long, but I was inventing the pattern as I was making it. It is super easy (depending on your fabric choice) and quick. I got this fabric for $1.00 per yard! I think I used about three yards.

First of all, I used a jersey, polyester blend with who knows what else. It would have been great with a light gauzy cotton as well. I think it would be delightful with a light spring floral print.

I have a great artistic touch here. lol.
The formula
The easy thing about this pattern is that you can adjust it to whatever you want. If you would like to have less body in the skirt, just use less. The formula I applied is this: double the length of the skirt for the ruffle. In this case I chose two 60" panels for the skirt that were 20" high (you can chose to make the skirt whatever height you would like. 20" came near my knee.You can experiment with it before sewing the waistband. Or, just measure your leg to find the ideal length.). At any rate, I cut four 60" strips for the bottom ruffle. I also cut a fifth strip (same size) for the waist band.

The waist band I chose to make my skirt a wrap-around skirt in order to ensure it fits when I am pregnant... and not. After wearing it for a day, I am going to add an elastic waistband and sew the sides shut. My third trimester stomach keeps making the waistband ride up- not cool.) This will help it stay in place better. To determine your size of waistband, measure around your waistline and add half that length. (Example, for a 40" waste, the band size would be 60").

1. Sew one side seam of the skirt panels. (*Leave the other side open so you can either have a wrap around skirt or have a place to add the elastic band. If you do choose a wrap around you will have to fold in the raw edges on each side of the bad as well and hem.
2. Baste a seam at the top of each ruffle strip.
3. Pull the string of the seam to make a ruffle until it is half of its original length.
4. Sew this to the bottom of the skirt.

It will look like this (This is the inside).
5. Baste along the top of the skirt- all the way around.
6. Once again, pull the strings to ruffle the skirt to the size of your waistband.
7. This part is tricky depending on your fabric selection. Fold the waste band over the top of the ruffled skirt, tuck in the raw edges and generously pin. If you are going to use an elastic waistband, leave the side edges of the waistband open (so you can have a place to feed the elastic).
8. Sew it in place.

I stitched as close to the main part of the skirt as I could. Both sides should look like this.

Finish it up Now, depending on your choice for the waist you can either sew a button and hole on the side (where you want the skirt to connect) for a wrap around or feed an elastic strip through the band before sewing up the sides. After wearing the skirt for a day as a wrap around, I am going to add elastic. Part of my problem may be due to being in my third trimester. :)

What it looks like as a wrap around.

*I will be adding notes on other specific maternity specifications soon. I have been using my own version of the belly-band with it.

I really love the feel of the skirt. I used a ton of fabric in it, so it is quite full. The ruffle is very sweet and adds a lot to its overall look. I am always drooling over the skirts on Ruche and Modcloth. I think this has a similar look (though being pregnant kills belting options which would make it perfect.)

I would like to try this in some sort of lace.

I can't wait to not be pregnant! lol

This what it could look like on you! (If you are not in your third trimester)

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  1. That is really cute! Nice job :)

  2. Very nice! I always love ideas for skirts that can be worn whether you're pregnant or not.

    1. The great classic look for young or old, pregnant or not, is the three-tier Navajo skirt with belted matching long sleeve, slit-sided over-blouse--with or without collar.
      The Navajos use dark cotton velours for winter, so they look great with jewellery. In summer, homespun or light calicos. The three tiers of the skirt are for the 3 stages of a woman's life: maiden, mother, elder.


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