Paper Doll Skirt Tutorial by No Big Dill (blog) »
InstructionsThere is no pattern for this project. I used a tutorial created by Katy Dill of the blog: No Big Dill, and just made a few adjustments. Those being: I sewed down the tops of the front pleats and I made the waistband adjustable using button hole elastic and sewing buttons onto each side of the waistband. I also recreated the applique design myself using my Silhouette Cameo software, and cut it ...
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Type of item: Clothing
What was your inspiration?
Katy Dill's original project photos were my inspiration (found on Pinterest, I believe). I just thought this skirt was so darling for a young girl to wear, I just had to make one for my own daughter. Happily, she is as in love with it as I am so the effort was well worth it.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of three things:
1. Figuring out how to change the waistband from a fixed elastic waistband to an adjustable. It just makes sense to me that children's clothing be as flexible in their sizing as possible without sacrificing comfort or style.
2. Teaching myself enough about the Sihouette design software to recreate that cute applique...it too me a while, but I LOVED being able to have the Sihouette Cameo cut it all out for me with nice crisp edges, and now I can easily make more.
3. Using upcycled materials. I am committed to using upcycled materials in much of my sewing, and upcycled men's linen shirts are great for this project. I happened to find a medium weight linen shirt without a full button placket for $2, but I think you could easily just sew the placket closed and put it in the back. The tutorial already has you put a faux placket in the back. I say, use a real one and embellish it as you like!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Read the instructions carefully before you begin each step to make sure you completely understand each step before proceeding.