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I purchased a few yards of knit fabric at the Hobby Lobby in Georgia and mixed it with a couple of tank tops from the Carter’s Outlet. I think these are so cute, useful in an everyday kinda way and comfortable. All in all I spent 45 minutes at the most putting them together.

I started out measuring the girls…this was a very unscientific measuring…I simply put the tape measure at their shoulders and tried to see where I would want the fullness of the dress to be.  I ended up choosing to place the skirt a bit lower than their waist.  I didn’t want the fullness (and the serger stitches) to be too close to their waist where it might feel scratchy.  Then I measured from that point to a place below their knees where I wanted the skirt to end.  I added one inch to the skirt measurement and started cutting.

I cut the skirt fabric the entire width of the knit, which in this case was approx. 42 inches.  Next, I used my new gathering foot and gathered the top of each skirt and then sewed the seam to make a tube of sorts.  I also  marked the four equal distances of the tube to insure even distribution of the skirt to match up with the center front and back-plus the side seams of the tank tops.  First I attached the skirt to the top using a zig-zag stitch, I also stretched the top a bit to make everything fit.  Once the skirt was attached and I was happy with it, I serged around the seam.

My Bernina has a visible hem stitch for knits and this is what I used for the hem.  The only drawback to this stitch is that once you reach your point of origin on the hem…the stitching shows quite a bit.  Next time, I think I will stop the jersey stitch once I make the circumference of the skirt and use a regular straight stitch to finish and secure the hem.

Well, the girls seemed very happy and I was able to get a few photos of them wearing the dresses.  I have two more knits from Hobby Lobby to make additional dresses.  I hope you try this if you do any sewing for girls.  It was super easy, comfortable for the girls- and it is a very quick way to have matching outfits for photos, events or reunions!

Here are my remaining pics:

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Tutorial Part 3

The Ruffle Version


You will find the instructions for the yoga style waistband in the first Yoga Style Skirt post.  We continue the tutorial with a completed band  -this means that your band has been cut, stitched lengthwise, folded over to resemble a turtleneck and stitched (and stretched) around the bottom raw edges.  It should look like this.


*Please note that all seams in this tutorial are 1/2 inch just as in part 1 and part 2 tutorials.

Next, you will proceed to sew your skirt panels together.  The 12 month size will have only one seam, as it goes the width of the fabric.  The size 3T will have 2 seams as it consists of 2 panels 31 inches wide. If you want a professional look, serge or zig zag your seams after sewing them together.  Her is the photo from the first tutorial.

The ruffle:

The first step for the ruffle is to attach all strips together into one long strip.  Then connect the strips into one large circle.  Finish your small seams with a serger or zig zag stitch. 

Now finish the bottom edge.  I used my serger and made a rolled edge.  If you do not own a serger, you can get the same results with a rolled hem presser foot or by pressing 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch and then repeating that step to have a double folded hem.  Then sew the narrow hem in place. 

After finishing the bottom edge,we will now gather the top of the ruffle using a piece of embroidery thread and a wide stitch zig zag over it.  This will look exactly like the skirt panel top in the first tutorial.  See photo.

Here are the three pieces for each skirt.











Here I match up the 4 equal parts of the Yoga Style Band with the 4 equal parts of the skirt panels (as shown in parts 1 & 2)


I will also serge a finished edge onto the bottom ruffle for a finished look.




  It was a rainy day when I completed these and that  caused some of the pictures to be a little dark.  Perhaps with both skirts in this tutorial you will be able to see everything clearly.  I should also point out that the ruffle on this 3T skirt is not as full as the 12 month.  The 12 month is also a shorter ruffle.  I was just experimenting to see which I would prefer.  This ruffle in the 3T is not full enough for me ( 1.5 x the width of the skirt width) I wanted to try a less full ruffle because the skirt itself is very full and looks like a bell when worn by a toddler.  The 12 month is 2x the width of the completed skirt panel and I think it looks much better. 

Here are some additional pictures of the 12 month size.




After attaching the band to the skirt, I serge the seam and the ruffle seam for a finished look.

Hopefully you have enough information to make any version you’d like.  I can’t wait to get home and see how the ruffle version looks on the girls.
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Tutorial – Part 2

The Box Pleat Version

You will find the instructions for the yoga style waistband in the previous post.  This means that your band has been cut, stitched lengthwise, folded over to resemble a turtleneck and stitched (and stretched) around the bottom raw edges.  It should look like this.

*Please note that all seams in this tutorial are 1/2 inch just as in the first tutorial.

Remember that my Yoga Style Band for the 12 month size is 8 inches in height and 15 inches across (the stretch of the knit is always across the width).  Now you will complete the hem on the main skirt panel(s).  These skirt panel(s) were lengthened by 2 inches  because we will not be putting a band or ruffle on the bottom (the version with a band will be 7 inches x the width of the fabric).  So, 7 inches plus 2 inches = 9 inches.  This panel is 9 inches x the width of the fabric (approx. 42 inches).

 You can hem this skirt using a blind hem stitch, hand stitching or by turning the raw edge under 1/4 of and inch, and then an additional 1/4 of an inch.  I am turning the hem under 1/4 of an inch two times.  It  looks like this.


The Yoga Style Band for the 12 month skirt was 15 x 8 inches.  I need the final measurement of the top of the main skirt piece to be approximately 18 inches wide (width of the band or waistline + 2-3 inches = approx. 18 inches).  With the skirt sewn like a tube and therefore folded in half on the cutting mat, the completed top part of the main skirt should be 9 inches (which is really 18 inches around).

The seam is on the left and not visible in the picture.  The pin is opposite the band.

I have matched the 2 seams together and followed along marking the pin marks on the yoga style band to the pins and seams of the box pleat skirt panel.

You could mark the top of the skirt before gathering with some type of soluable pen or chalk, but I prefer to do it at the bottom with pins.  For me this method is easier and markings don’t become lost in the pleats and/or gathers depending on which version you are making.





There you have it, a Yoga Style Skirt made with box pleats for a 12 month.  Looks cute, right?

Part 3 of the Tutorial will cover the ruffle version for both 12 month and 3T. 

FYI, the measurements for the 3T and 2T are very similar-only the waist measurement would change depending on you little person.



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Hi all,

Many of you have asked for a tutorial on the yoga style skirt.  I have made several sets  so far and now am ready to make a tutorial.  I think I have had enough practice and can demonstrate this pretty well.  For those of you who are new to my blog, here are a couple of pictures of the skirts~~

I should have everything good to go by Monday, just keep checking back.
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