I am off to an excellent start on my 12 crafts in 12 days. The first project I chose to work on was the square circle skirt from Make it & Love it. This blog has too many awesome tutorials; yes, that's a possibility! I can't make enough of her projects fast enough. I chose to do this one first because it is just a slight change from what I have done in the past, and I was dying to see if her method was easier.
I have made a few circle skirts, and a few uneven hem skirts, but never with an elastic waist. I usually make them out of cotton and add a cotton waist that ties to adjust to your size. I love the way they look, but it is a little time consuming to do them this way. In this tutorial, she uses an elastic waist and measures it out with pins to match up the elastic and the fabric of the skirt. I won't get too into it; if you want to make one, go read the tutorial. It is truly a project that takes less than one hour, even with kids in the background asking when they can get up from quiet time. ;)
I did make the hole for the waist in the way I am accustomed to. I didn't feel like measuring every bowl in my kitchen to find a good size, so I used the mathematical formula for finding the radius of a circle R=C/(2x3.14. Thank you, Google for reminding me of what my brain lost from high school math! Fold your square fabric in half. Once you have your number (radius), find the center of your fabric (by folding it or measuring it), pin your measuring tape to the center, and using a fabric marker, treat it like a compass and draw on your half
circle following your "number". Ignore that I'm using a pen here...it was really just for illustration purposes (my radius was 4").
In the past, I used this method and my calculations were off, so I had this skirt with a huge circle cut out in the middle that would fit someone twice my size. Lesson learned; check your numbers. I never did figure out how to make it work, so I hemmed it, left the waist unfinished, and set it aside. More on that later.
If you are using a knit fabric don't forget to use jersey/knit/ball point fabric needles. Regular needles can shred knit like crazy. I also learned this lesson the hard way and almost ruined an entire dress by using the wrong needle for the job. Oops.
Butter could not resist grabbing my needles while I took a photo. Don't worry, no babies were harmed in the making of this blog post. Set your machine to a knit stich (mine looks like a crooked zigzag on my machine's settings) and get to sewing.
While sewing my elastic, I did sew it to the skirt "right sides together" (right side of elastic to right side of fabric) so you wouldn't see the stitches. I thought it might look funny but I wanted it to line up nicer while I sewed so I didn't have to use 50 pins. It looked marvelous when it was done, and I don't see myself doing it any other way.
I didn't let my baby girl try it on because it's a gift and she will never give it back once she sees it. She likes skirts that much. When I finished, I still had a little time on my hands, so I decided to pull out my adult sized unfinished circle skirt. Here is a picture with a bottlecap for perspective. The waist was cut huge.
I used the same method of attaching the elastic waistband, and it fits great! I am so stoked to finish two skirts in under an hour! Here's one last picture of the finished skirt, and yes, it is super loud but I love it!!
And if you're wondering, yes, it IS possible to get a skirt dirty before I've even worn it for five minutes. But I love being a mom all the same! 11 more projects to go. Stay tuned!
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