Flirty Skirts

Dress up your favorite girlie girl in a bouncy, multilayered skirt. Just cut straight strips from two coordinating fabrics; then gather and hem each layer as you like.

Materials: 3/4"-wide elastic (for all sizes) For girls' sizes 3/4, 5/6, 7/8: 1/2 yard floral 1/2 yard polka dot

For girls' size 9/10: 3/4 yard floral 3/4 yard polka dot Finished skirts: Size 3/4: length: 10-1/8" Size 5/6: length: 13-1/8" Size 7/8: length: 16-1/8" Size 9/10: length: 19-1/8" Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut the following pieces: Size 3/4

From floral, cut: 2 -- 6-1/4x24-1/2" rectangles for upper ruffle 2 -- 5x13" rectangles for upper band

From polka dot, cut: 2 -- 4-3/4x24-1/2" rectangles for lower ruffle 2 -- 3-1/4x13" rectangles for lower band Size 5/6

From floral, cut: 2 -- 7-1/4x25" rectangles for upper ruffle 2 -- 6x13-1/2" rectangles for upper band

From polka dot, cut: 2 -- 5-3/4x25" rectangles for lower ruffle 2 -- 4-1/4x13-1/2" rectangles for lower band Size 7/8

From floral, cut: 2 -- 8-1/4x25-1/2" rectangles for upper ruffle 2 -- 7x14" rectangles for upper band

From polka dot, cut: 2 -- 6-3/4x25-1/2" rectangles for lower ruffle 2 -- 5-1/4x14" rectangles for lower band Size 9/10

From floral, cut: 2 -- 9-1/4x26" rectangles for upper ruffle 2 -- 8x14-1/2" rectangles for upper band

From polka dot, cut: 2 -- 7-3/4x26" rectangles for lower ruffle 2 -- 6-1/4x14-1/2" rectangles for lower band

Sew together upper band floral rectangles along short edges to make a tube (Diagram 1). Press seams open. Join upper ruffle floral rectangles along short edges to make a ruffle tube. Press seams open. Turn under 1/4" on one long edge of ruffle tube; press. Turn under a second time 1/4"; press. To hem, sew through all layers close to first folded edge. With a long machine-basting stitch, sew 1/4" from long raw edge of ruffle tube. Pull threads to gather edge.

With right sides together, align bottom edge of upper band and gathered edge of ruffle tube (Diagram 2); match seams and adjust ruffle to fit band. Pin and stitch to make upper skirt unit. Press seam toward upper band. Repeat steps 2-5 using lower band polka dot rectangles and lower ruffle polka dot rectangles to make lower skirt unit.

With raw edges aligned, match seams of right side of lower band with wrong side of upper ruffle where upper band and upper ruffle are joined; sew through all layers (Diagram 3); press. Turn under raw edge of upper band 1/2"; press. Turn under a second time 1-1/8"; press.

Sew through all layers close to the first folded edge, leaving a 2" opening for inserting elastic (Diagram 4). Insert elastic and adjust to fit. Sew ends of elastic together. Sew opening shut. Turn right side out to complete skirt.

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