May 15, · Here I show you how I make a petti skirt!Leave a question in the comment section below if you have any!*UPDATE* when it gets to the pinning, sorry that was s Author: Kay eLle Handmades. Jul 12, · Using a shiny/satiny fabric, create a drop-waistband. Cut a piece of fabric 3? wide by 25? long. (You can adjust the width here to adjust the overall length of the skirt.) Connect the short edges together to form a tube.
So, it's widely known that it doesn't get much cuter than a little girl in a pettiskirt. Making them, however, can seem overwhelming.
Never fear! Below I compiled some of my go to tips on how to go about what is a razor cut your very own! I find them downright addictive for my girls. They are usually available for sale but if you are thinking about making one it helps to have somewhere to go for help on how to. Now I'm not about to write a tutorial on how to make one; if you are looking for that there's a fantastic website you can go to right here.
But what I am going to do is give you a few tips that I figured out myself the hard way to help you make a one of a kind pettiskirt! While making a pettiskirt if you waiver a little off stitching a straight line or your cutting isn't completely perfect, remember these words and know that in the end you won't even be able to find your little folly.
They can fit a range of ages. One pettiskirt could fit a 6 month old up to a petite 4 year old because of the elastic adjustable waistband. The finished length for a 7. There is no real substitute for nylon chiffon when it comes to pettiskirts. It's starchier than regular nylon but still super soft seriously, my little one couldn't stop "eating" it while I was making a recent skirt for her sister!
Tulle could work I suppose, but it's waaaaay itchy so i would recommend putting in an underskirt as well and omitting the fluff I can't see it being necessary and I wouldn't wear one all on it's own like a nylon chiffon one could. You want to use the nylon chiffon for the bottom tiers for both layers and for the ruffle fluff.
Satin is nice, and I have used it twice for pettiskirts, but for a more individual, fun look I like to used lightweight printed cotton. And as for the ribbon, grosgrain is best. You don't want a painted ribbon because it will rub off from being tied in a bow. If you don't have ribbon that suits your fancy, I have used yardage before.
Just double the width and add a small seam allowance and use the same length of fabric that you would have what is a mailing address grosgrain ribbon plus a half inch for seam allowance at the short visible end and turn it out. Top-stitch if you desire. First off, you want the right needles.
Well, it's a matter of preference. I know how my 4 year old plays, and she may step on the skirt from time to time when she gets up from sitting on the ground or wherever. In an effort to extend the longevity of the skirt, I choose to first gather and stitch the seams together on the sewing machine and then finish the seams off on the serger. Try to match the thread to the colors in your tiers as best as possible since these serged seams will be seen.
Eventually, in my tips, I'll will be going over how I cut the chiffon and how to gauge how much you need and all that. In order to be successful at cutting, I absolutely recommend you use rotary blades. Scissors will not be at ALL as precise and man o man will you get tired of cutting all that chiffon! How to measure walls for paint forget a ruler as how to uninstall on pc. You want to keep that fabric down so you can cut straight!
A lot of pins. I have another confession: I hate pinning. If I can get away with not doing it, I will. Especially something as monstrous as a pettiskirt! So believe me when I say: you must pin this thing or you will end up with uneven gathers and a lot of headaches!!!!!
The most necessary pinning is the tiers to each other and definitely the ruffle fluff to the bottom tiers of both layers. It really made me so much happier in the end! Then, depending on how long your third tier is, divide that into to get how long each section of the third tier should be between seems after they are gathered. So- I am making this particular pettiskirt with a " for the second tier and I am using 12 yards for the third tier I know it doesn't add up but I wanted to use four colors for the third tier and I wanted an even amount of each color :-p.
Does that make sense? Lots of thread and prefill your bobbins!!! Not so much fun to keep stopping and filling your bobbins. You're going to need about 5 or 6 filled bobbins. If you see that you are low and you are about to start putting in your gathers, just set your old bobbins to the side and put a new one in.
You can't run out while you are gathering or you won't be able to adjust it later. You can use those other bobbins again when you are attaching things like fluff to tier or tier to tier.
So this next part is the brain-crunching part! I know, when I decided to learn how to sew I never knew how much math was going what causes windows registry errors be involved!
In all my pettiskirt tutorial quests, I never once found one that talked about how to figure out yardage; only that they recommended buying the pre-cut rolls of chiffon. But me? I love color! So, I had to do some major brainstorming to find out how much yardage I was going to need in order to cut my own tiers and fluff for both layers.
Ok, grab your calculator! For this example I am going to use my 4 year old's waist measurement. And that goes for the 2" ruffle fluff too. So, for our example, the waist is 21". I need a piece fabric double the length and double the width. My top tier then is going to be 10" x 42". So you'll need a little over a quarter of a yard not a fat quarter, lol of whatever you want your top tier to be. Let's round up to 6.
So my second tier of chiffon is going to be 5" x 6 yards. Double this for second layer for a total of 12 yards for both. For the third tierdouble the second tier. For the ruffle flufftriple the third tier. Now you know why people buy them! And why they can get so pricey! Boy, they are a lot of work! Now, how do we apply those numbers to figure out exactly what to buy? How many yards do we actually have to buy?
Well, since we're buying our nylon chiffon hereselvage to selvage one yard of fabric is 54" long by 36" wide. So, we can get how is the us economy doing today lot of cuts out of that, right!?! To figure out how much per yard exactly, we have to do more math! We need six 5" x 36" cuts of fabric meaning: 30" x 36" for the second tier which is a little over half the length.
Multiply this times two for both layers and you get a total of 60" x 36" or a yard and six inches for the total second tier. Third tier we need twelve 5" x 36" cuts of fabric meaning: 60" x 36" about a yard and a quarter. Multiply this times two for both layers and we get a total of " x 36" or a 2 and a half yards approximately for the third tier. For the ruffle fluff we need thirty-six 2" x 36" cuts of fabric meaning: 72" x 36" a little under a yard and a half.
Multiply that by two and we get " x 36" or approximately a little over 2 and a half yards so we'll round up 3yards total for the ruffle fluff. Add this altogether and we need approximately 7 yards of nylon chiffon fabric at 54" selvedges to make one pettiskirt with a 21" waist measurement. Don't worry about your leftovers; they make great additions to tons of other projects!
Well, that was the hardest part! Good job for keeping up! Trust me, it hurt my brain the first time I tried to come up with all that! Now to cut all of that yardage, let's make our plan of attack. Total: 12 one yard cuts for second tier 5"x 36" per cut. Total: 24 one yard cuts for the third tier 5"x 36" per cut.
So, if you are thinking about doing multiple colors for the tiers and layers of the skirt, play around with the math above and the colors until you find that winning combination! Adding a pettiskirt under a skirt can give the perfect poof without even being visible! I've tried them all and I'll tell you their pros and cons.
Pros: even gathers throughout and you control them. You would want to stop at every seam and start new thread trails so that you don't worry about breaking the thread of a super ginormous gather.
Cons: Just as interminable and not as reliable as you think. Pros: Well these little devices do perfectly even gathers. Cons: not adjustable even on a long stitch length. So if you find you gathered too much or not enough, by the last couple of yards you'll find yourself scrambling to get it to fit your tier and it just won't look right.
Pros: Well, it is essentially the same as the ruffling foot except you have to use like a seam ripper to tuck each fold manually. Cons: Well, plenty.
Nov 2, - Explore Jo Ann Sanders Braden's board "How to make a pettiskirt" on Pinterest. See more ideas about pettiskirt, diy clothes, sewing for kids pins. Jul 30, · I used to love to dance around in skirts as a young girl. And I always wanted a pettiskirt. My childhood friend had one, and we would wear it, then trade, then dance, then trade, etc. What a mybajaguide.com I loved that thing. And wished it was mine. So making my little girl her own, was kind of like fulfilling that childhood dream of having a full and fluffy pettiskirt, all my own.
Oh, it makes me want to run out and but a ruffling foot and chiffon right away! I would love to make one or four of these for my girls! Where can I get chiffon? Lindsay — there is a link within the post for the exact chiffon that I used. I buy mine from fabric. Thank you so much for the pictures.
I have a hard time understanding what people are trying to explain sometimes and pictures help me understand what words cannot. I need clear, well thought out pictures like yours. Wikipedia wrote an article on this with drawings that were very basic and so up close, I could not tell where they were talking about. Eventually, I gave up and looked at where they used to create their article. Your site and another site were the sources. I completely understand now except 1 part — the bottom ruffle.
Instead, you ruffled yours and kept it going up and down for an elegant finish. I want to make one for me with as much fluff as possible so I have to finish mine the other way. Keep up the beautiful, professional work.
It suits you well. Thank you for your pictures and I hope you share them with Wikipedia and they give you credit. It would make all the difference in the world to their article. You make it look so easy. I will ahve to put this on fall sewing list! Thank you for taking the time to make a tutorial. I loooove the look of these super full pettiskirts and really want to make one for Em, but I need to get a ruffling foot first. I pinned it for later. I love super girly stuff in blue. That is so dainty and twirly… I love that you used chiffon instead of tulle, it is just so much softer and sweeter.
This turned out SO cute! Thanks so much! I have to go in and fix the pictures so that they are linked to the posts, but the captions DO work. Hope that helps! That is by far the most grueling part of making pettiskirts, IMO and I think it still looks just as fluffy! Also, the lining is a brilliant idea. I really think this is great!
How am I only just finding your blog now? Thank you sharing this. Japanese dresses are always super short and I was looking for something like this. You said the hardest part was cutting the chiffon. Did you know you can tear chiffon? The fabric store I shop at never cuts chiffon, they always tear it. Thanks so much for this tutorial! You make this sound so easy! The last pettiskirt I made was cotton and hand ruffled. After gathering inches by hand, I ran out and grabbed a ruffling foot after I finished the pettiskirt.
Do you have any tips on sewing with chiffon? I find that I have a difficult time getting it to feed properly. I have tried to make a layered tulle skirt for my daughter in the past and it was a bit dodgy so I look forward to trying this out! Great tutorial!
My 2 year old daughter is going to a tea party in a couple of weeks at a local boutique and this will be perfect. I have a few questions though. Should I still cut the same size strips? I want to do this for my daughter. She also wears around 24months 2t. Did you end up making the skirt already??
How much fabric did you use? Thank you. Have been looking for this pattern. My niece had on the cutest skirt like this. She wore it with matching leggings and a darling tee shirt. Wanted to make one for our grand daughter. Now I can. Thank you for the lovely, classy-looking pettiskirt. Be Happy! Your email address will not be published.
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Thank you so much for your understanding! Making a beautifully fluffed pettiskirt for my mermaid princess seemed a daunting task. I had already made the swimsuit and planned to pair it with a fancy skirt that could easily be slipped off for playing in the water at her mermaid party.
Once I knew I wanted a pettiskirt, I looked to just purchase one. But I already had a pile of blue chiffon that I had purchased weeks prior and thought I should probably give it a try before shelling out the big bucks for someone else to make the pettiskirt. What I ended up with worked perfectly for the occasion and took one evening to make.
I will preface the tutorial by encouraging you to use a ruffling foot to make this. Basically, we will start ruffling the narrowest strips, connect them up to the mid-width strips, then ruffle those and connect them up to the widest strips. Does that make sense? So, get cutting!! Next, you will ruffle your strips assembly line style. Now, you have one three-tier layer of chiffon. Repeat two more times so that you have three, three-tier layers of chiffon. Looking good!! You will want your completed lining layer to be the same length from top to bottom as your completed three-tier chiffon layer, so cut the width of the lining fabric accordingly.
Once you have attached the chiffon ruffle to the bottom of the lining, serge any raw edges, fold down the chiffon ruffle, and topstitch if needed to ensure it falls correctly. You can adjust the width here to adjust the overall length of the skirt. Connect the short edges together to form a tube. I also serged the edges at this point because it was easiest. Baste the three chiffon tubes together and then run a gathering stitch around the top. Gather the chiffon layers to fit the size of the waistband.
Form a tube out of the lining layer, run a gathering stitch around its top, and gather it to fit inside the waistband. Pin the gathered chiffon layers and the gathered lining layer to the waistband, matching raw edges and stitch together. The right side of the waistband should be matched with the right side of the top layer of chiffon, with the lining layer on the bottom inside. Also, align the seams of the skirt layers with the seam of the waistband; this will become the back of the skirt.
Almost there…. Leave a small opening for the elastic. Insert elastic into waistband, stitch the opening closed, and you are finished! Comments Oh, it makes me want to run out and but a ruffling foot and chiffon right away! Erin crafty-biggers. So pretty and professional looking!
I love the look of these pettiskirts. I never knew these skirts were so easy to make.