Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The Chiffon Dancing Skirt (with Cut-On Waist!)

I got the idea for this skirt from the most recent issue of Threads magazine.  There’s an article in the issue about making a layered chiffon skirt… for an adult.  I’m totally digging the idea of riffing on commercial patterns rather than being totally beholden to them.  I made a couple of modifications to the instructions but basically followed the steps outlined to create a tiny version for Chase.  

I reduced the number of channels in the waistband down to two.  I love the simplicity of the cut-on waistband.  You just can’t get any easier than that and the look of this skirt is perfect for the application.  I may have skimped a little when putting in the elastic for the waist so I hope it fits her come spring.

I used a really simple girls’ skirt pattern.  The whole project took me about a day to complete during nap-time and after bed.  It was a fun project except that even though the fabric store has a pretty good selection of colors, I didn’t like any of them.  I managed to find some that I thought worked together but it wasn’t easy.  

Now, somebody buy me a steamer.  AND I need some ideas for what to do with some seersucker that I bought at A Fabric Place with a cute, summery print on it.  

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