I wanted to sew a few items to give away as Christmas presents this year, but I was hesitant to give clothes to my little nieces. Handmade or not, clothes are still clothes, and not toys. I settled on little sparkly dress-up skirts for two of them, a nice little hybrid of clothes meets toy for two dress-up-loving girls.
I walked around JoAnn’s a bit for some inspiration and found this gray sparkly fabric in a bin of leftover Halloween fabrics.
I loved it. I’m not sure what a fabric like this is called–it kind of looked like tulle, but the raw edges frayed. Since this meant it would need to be hemmed, I grabbed some soft pink ribbon to try a new hemming technique.
The skirts came together pretty fast. It was the first time I bound a raw edge in a ribbon, but I followed these directions from Prudent Baby. Easy, easy! Really, I love this method. At first, I pinned the ribbon to the wrong (non sparkly) side.
But it was hard to pin it tight enough to the fabric, and my final hem came out kind of wonky and ripply, even after a good pressing. Not that the little girls would have noticed, of course. So in the end, I just sewed without pinning, and that actually turned out to be the best ‘method.’ Yay for laziness!
Next, I had to finish the top of the skirt. I just zig-zagged the top, since this fabric doesn’t really like to be ironed. Then I just lined up the elastic, folded the fabric over for my measurement, and pinned. With one of the skirts, I was able to use the selvedge end and skip the zig-zag step. I love when those things happen.
Then I just had to sew down the casing , and slide the elastic back in (it comes out before you sew, it’s just a measuring device at this point). I pinned the elastic at the edges, then stretched and let go to get nice even gathers. Then I just sewed up a side seem, finishing the skirt and closing up the elastic in one pass. And voila, one gift done.
I haven’t heard back to hear how much ‘fairy dust’ the skirts leave behind. There were sparkles everywhere after this project. Oops. I don’t think the girls will mind, though!
I do love a project like this. Comes together quick, and the reward was big! Happy sewing.