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Nin McKay on
Rolleston, Canterbury, NZ

My hands love silk, wool, cotton, linen, paper, leather, wood.

I've decided to charge a very nominal fee for my patterns now. I hope this can offset the expense of my creative endeavours. If you ...

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Twirly Baby Skirt

from Lark's Wing
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Twirly Baby Skirt
Twirly Baby Skirt
Twirly Baby Skirt Example made up in printed corduroy
Twirly Baby Skirt Detail with contrast waistband
Twirly Baby Skirt Skirt in action
Twirly Baby Skirt Skirt in action

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Interprete, pin and cut out a basic pattern
  • Sewing in a straight line

Pattern Description:

Every little girl needs a twirl skirt and with the range of novelty quilters fabric now readily available you'll want to make this again and again. My version has an elasticated back and flattering flat front.

This is a good beginner to intermediate sewer project - its all straight line sewing, and introduces gathering and possibly a different way of putting on a waistband (which looks really neat and professional on the inside as well as outside); and a really great way of finishing off a hem.

This could be done in a day - so its great as a last minute present.

Tutorial includes step by step photos in full colour.

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Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • A note on the size - I have done this in three sizes. 3-6months, 6-12 months and size 1 (12-18 months).
  • That being said my daughter is pictured in the size 1 skirt and she is a couple of months shy of three! She is around 87cm tall (quite little for her age).
  • The waistband is 44cm unstretched and would comfortably fit up to 52cm in the waist. If you can it would be good to measure the recipients waist or compare the measurements against a garment that fits her well.
  • Waistband measures unstretched for 3-6 months is approximately 36cm - stretches to 44cm
  • Waistband measures unstretched for 6-12 months is approximately 40cm - stretches to 48cm


  • 50cm of at least 112cm wide fabric (quilter's cotton or wider). You may need more for fabrics with one way designs. To be on the safe side, print out the pattern and trim down to the size you need, then take this fabric shopping with you. The smaller sizes will fit side by side along the width of the fabric if you flip them, so they dovetail together - but you can't do this on a one way design so you may end up having to get the length of the skirt x 2. You can cut the waistband from the same fabric or a coordinating design - you only need a strip about 8cm x 60cm.

You Will Also Need:

  • Thread to match
  • Ric rac or ribbon to trim - around 1.2m of ric rac will trim the hem. The little bow detail at the waistband took a remnant around 20cm long.
  • 1cm wide non roll elastic - 50cm is heaps

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