So, Wednesday I showed you a sneak peek of Cupcake’s simple skirt with bubble pockets. And today I’m going to show you how to make one!
To start we need some measurements. Cupcake’s measurements are 21″ waist and 14″ length (waist to knee). So, using those measurements I figured out how big I needed to cut the fabric for the skirt. For the waist you want to double the measurement and add 1″ for a seam allowance (21 x 2 + 1 = 43″). For the length you want to add at least 1″ to make the waist casing (1 1/4″ if you don’t serge and want to fold the raw edge under) and at least 1/2″ for the hem (3/4″ if you don’t serge and want to fold the raw edge under).
Then you need to cut out two pockets. Now, you can make the pockets whatever size you want. I wanted the pockets to be about 6″ high and 4″ wide. So, I cut my fabric at 6″ x 8″ (because we’re going to put some elastic in the top to make them bubble pockets!).
Let’s start sewing our skirt. I serged the short edges to keep my fabric from fraying and then stitched them together with a 1/2″ seam to make a tube. Press the seam open. I then serged around the top and bottom of the tube again to keep the fabric from fraying (if you’re going to fold your raw edges in you can skip this step).
Then it was time to make the waist band casing.
Fold the edge down 1″ and iron. Stitch around the waist band, leaving a 2″ opening for inserting the elastic. Cut the elastic to the desired size and thread through the casing. Stitch the ends of the elastic together.
Turn up your hem and iron. Stitch all the way around. I did a double stitch for a little more detail.
You now have a simple skirt.
Let’s move on to pockets! I wanted a rounded bottom pocket, so I found something to use to trim the bottom corners.
Then serge (or zig zag) all the edges of your pockets. Set your machine to the longest stitch length to make a gathering stitch. Stitch the bottom of your pocket, but do not backstitch at the ends.
Pull the bottom thread and gather your fabric until it measures the desired width. Fold the raw edges of the fabric under just enough to hide your stitched and press. Now we’re going to create a casing on the top of the pocket. Fold the top down 1/2″ and press.
Stitch across the bottom of the casing.
Cut a piece of 1/4″ elastic to the desired width of your pockets (for me it was 4″). Thread the elastic through the casing.
Line up the end of the elastic with the edge of the fabric and stitch in place.
Repeat on the other end of the pocket. Then repeat for the second pocket. And now we’re ready to attach our pockets.
Find where you want to place your pockets. I wanted them about 1″ up from the hem and on the sides of the skirt. I folded the skirt in half to determine where to place the pockets and marked it.
See my little “L” shaped mark? There’s where I centered my pocket and lined the bottom edge up with it.
I pinned the pocket in place and stitched close to the edge. It helps to push the bulk of the fabric to the middle of the elastic and out of the way of your stitching.
And now your simple skirt has cute little bubble pockets! Perfect for hands, Hot Wheels, rocks or little plastic fish. Whatever your little girl likes to tote around.
Cupcake loves her new skirt! She wore it on Monday and went down a muddy slide. She was devastated it was so dirty. I cleaned it right up for her and she wore it again yesterday!
I might have to make a few more of these for her back to school wardrobe! Maybe some contrasting pockets…………….
What are your weekend plans? We’re hoping to go to an airway festival tonight and Cupcake has a program at the zoo Saturday. We also have a birthday party on Sunday and I have a self defense meeting with my running group. Phew!