I made another Filles à Maman Rose’s skirt for Danica this morning, without pockets though.
This time I used an extra large adult shirt to make the skirt. The only issue is the waist and bottom bands. The waistband is 5×20.5 inches, and the bottom band is 5×21.5 inches. The shirt wasn’t wide enough to cut the waist and bottom bands in one go. I added 3/4 inch to each measurement, to accommodate the addition of another 3/8 inch seam allowance. Then I divided this measurement into two to create the two pieces needed per band. For the waistband I cut two pieces 5×10 5/8 inches. For the bottom band I cut two pieces 5×11 1/8 inches.
Or rather, that’s what I should have cut them to. I obviously wasn’t paying much attention and one of my waistband pieces ended up 4 inches wide. So, I made all the pieces 4 inches wide to keep it cohesive.
The normal 5 inch wide waistband gets folded in half with a 2 inch elastic insert in between. With the 4 inch wide waistband, I obviously couldn’t use the 2 inch wide elastic. I switched it out for 1.5 inch wide elastic.
All my measurements worked out perfectly. The waistband and bottom band seams matched up so nicely with the side seams of the skirt.
I think it looks super cute.
Not really related, but sort of. River sat on my sewing room floor, riffling through my elastic bin, and pilfering some lime green decorative elastic. Here’s a little sample of our repetitive back and forth while I was sewing.
“Mommy, what you doing?”
“Making Danica a skirt.”
“Where my pink one?”
“What pink one?”
“Like Danica. I need my pink one too. Oh please, oh please.”
EDIT TO ADD: March 22/14
The Filles à Maman Rose’s Skirt PDF is now available to purchase.
Click here to be taken directly to the Rose’s Skirt PDF listing.