After about a 25 year absence I decided to return to sewing. I also wanted to incorporate my frugal ways into this craft. Luckily I have a young one to sew for, and she is not going to see my crude beginnings and know how many times I have corrected an error. I have learned that if you put enough swing into the skirt, a 5 year old loves it! I started with these items, yes items, not material. I used existing clothes to make "new" clothes. It is easy and I must say the price is right.
Denim full skirt with detailed hem.
This ladies blouse was used to make this........
It is easy to make these, you simply cut off the top or what you don't need, sew a casing, add elastic and a top closure and you are done. The best thing for the top closure is a very large snap set, something about 1/2 inch in size. The hem of the blouse or skirt you are using is already in place, so the only actual sewing is the casing and snap closure.
Here is a quick tutorial.
1. Measure the length from the child's waist to where you want the bottom of the hem to be. That length is what you will work with.
For the denim skirt, I cut off about 6 inches of the top of the original skirt, including the zipper. I wanted all of the bulk so that the new skirt would have a lot of "swing" to it. Created the casing, threaded the elastic and finished the waist. Then to jazz up the bottom, I cut 1 inch diagonal cuts, washed the skirt to fringe out the cuts and then added decorative buttons.
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