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Toddler Girls Shirred Waist Skirt Sewing Tutorial

Since I made a skirt last year with a shirred elastic waist and realised just how easy it is I have since made several maxi dresses with shirred elastic busts. So when I was deciding on what style skirt to make my niece as part of her 'Pretty Penguin Collection' I decided on a shirred waist skirt as I love the pretty detailing it adds...

"Shirring can seem daunting but in most machines it is fairly easy - just make sure you play around with some test fabric first. As a general rule, you will want to lengthen your stitch to around 2.5 to 3. You may need to adjust your upper thread tension as well, although on my machine it stays the same"

This skirt is suitable for girls aged 2-3 years.
The skirt fits a waist of 50½-52cm (20-20½),
the finished length of the skirt is 18cm (7").

To increase the size just add width and length to the rectangles as below.

Here's my free Toddler Girls Shirred Waist Skirt Sewing Tutorial...

1 Skirt

How-to step by step

  • Toddler girls shirred waist skirt sewing tutorial

    Step 1

    Start by cutting out the front & back outer and lining panels as illustration above.

  • Toddler Girls Shirred Waist Skirt Sewing Tutorial

    Step 2

    Start by pinning the front skirt and lining panels to each other, right sides together, matching up the top raw edges.

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    Step 3

    Stitch them together using a 1cm seam allowance. Repeat with back skirt and lining panel.

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    Step 4

    Place the skirt pieces right sides together, matching up the raw edges and seams. Pin to secure.

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    Step 5

    Using a 1cm seam allowance stitch the skirt sides together.

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    Step 6

    Press the side seams open and trim seam allowance to 5mm.

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    Step 7

    Turn the hem of the outer skirt up 1cm, wrong sides together, and press in place.

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    Step 8

    Turn up a further 1cm and press in place, pin to secure.

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    Step 9

    Stitch in place using a 8mm seam allowance. Press.

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    Step 10

    Repeat with skirt lining.

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    Step 11

    Fold lining into the outer skirt, wrong sides together. So that the seam sits 2cm below the top edge and the lining is 5mm shorter than the outer skirt. Press in place.

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    Step 12

    Hand-wind the shirring elastic thread on to your sewing machine bobbin so that the elastic sits firmly on the bobbin, but is not stretched. Set your sewing machine to a straight stitch with the elastic thread bobbin in place as usual. Starting at the top folded edge of the waistband, stitch a straight line 5-6mm from the folded edge, backstitching at the beginning an end to secure.

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    Step 13

    Continue stitching rows of straight lines 5-6mm apart, until you have three rows. You will need to use two hands to pull and keep the fabric flat as it starts to gather up more.

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    Step 14

    Carefully steam and press the right side of your shirred waistband; this will allow the fabric to pull up.

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