I think my daughter Momo looks the best when she is wearing simple clothes. This is especially true when taking her pictures. But I felt like making something really girly for her. Maybe Valentine approaching has something to do with my feelings
I have been seeing ruched skirts online and meaning to try it, so that is what I did.
The tutorial I used for this skirt is here: Claire Skirt -Blooms And Bugs
Until I read this tutorial, I was just going to create a layered gather skirt and add a separate waist band. But this tutorial shows you how to create elastic casing without making it too bulky for a layered skirt. Brilliant!
I experimented creating the elastic casing inside the skirt. Though I love Momo's toddler belly, I do not like how it is emphasized with well defined waist band.
The result... Though this skirt may mask Momo's belly better, I think the skirt itself looks better when it has well defined waist band :(
I miserably failed creating ruched effect using gathering and zigzag stitches as explained in the tutorial. I ended up hand-sewing. I think they look okay...
The outer fabric I used is from Joann and I bought 1 yard for $3 during the sale. I wanted to add eyelet lace to the inner layer, but they were priced higher than I was willing to pay, so I got tulle for less than $1 a yard and added as tulle ruffles. Using a lace would have saved me time, but I like the result I got with the tulle ruffle. The skirt looks really girly now. I cut the inner layer fabric 0.5 inch shorter than the outer fabric, because I only wanted the ruffle to peek through a little where the top layer is ruched.
I made the waist to fit loose on Momo so it will be comfortable for her to wear, but I think I may have made it too loose...Momo tries to pull the skirt up to wear it as a dress.
Linking up to those fun parties.