How to make a Pettiskirt

First things First– Do you really want to do this?  I mean really?

I was one of those people that thought oh it can’t be that bad– but ya it can—
If you don’t have the time– seriously don’t do this— you’ll pull all your hair out– there really is a reason that they are so expensive– These suckers are so time consuming!
 But if your anything like me you probably won’t listen to me 🙂 and maybe it’ll be easier for you 🙂 plus your just tempted by all that sweet fluffy goodness, admit it, you so want one, even for yourself.
 I                                          of course I have to give credit to the two sites that helped me a ton
and this page
Even with them I am such a visual learner that I literally had to draw up what in the world they were explaining– Dave of course had quite the laugh at me session, as for half an hour I sat and talked to myself as I tried to figure it out and explain it out loud to myself and then draw diagram after diagram– but I got it, I figured it out- it’s all good now 🙂

What you’ll need: 
*Nylon Chiffon – (do not use Poly Chiffon because if frays) I could not find any stores around me that carried it so I ordered mine from AFC- express (I do not really know how many yards you’ll need cuz’ it varies so much with the length you want, size, how fluffly ect. I ordered 10 yards for the two skirts I made and ya shipping sucks!)
*Some fabric for your waistband– satin charmuese is what most people use
*Definitely a rotary cutter and mat— unless you’re really insane
 *Elastic, thread, a knowledge of how to do a gather stitch, and if your so lucky also a ruffler foot

So Step #1 is figure out the measurements

The waist length is usually 3″ to 6″ long (– I went with 3 1/2″ on Brynleys {who’s 4} and Ellies {newborn} is only 3″ long–) also you need to measure around their waist.(Bryn’s waist was 21″ Ellies 14″)

Than you have to whip out all your super amazing math skills— since the waistband will be folded in half you need to double the waist length (3+3) and add a 1/4″ seam allowance on each edge (3+3+1/4″ +1/4″= 6 1/2″)
For the width you take the size of your waist and times it by 2 (14″+14″= 28″)
Congrats you now have the waistband measurements–sweet!

For the Two Tiers you figure out how long you want the skirt to be (Bryn’s was 14 1/2″ and Ellies was 9″)
Than you subtract the waist length and divide it by 2 for the two tiers and add 1/2″ for both seam allowances on each side (9″-3″=6″ / 2 = 3″ +1/2″ = 3 1/2″ tier pieces)
Walah– you now have your tier measurements!

As for the Ruffle fluff just cut 2″ or 2 1/2″ strips– I like that one, no stinkin math to do.

Step #2  Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut

-You need your waistband
-Than cut your tiers your width measurement (Ellies was 3 1/2″) and the length will be the length of your fabric selvage to selvage.  You need 6 top tiers and 12 bottom tiers so a total of 18.
-Than Cut your Ruffle fluff 2″ to 2 1/2″ wide by the length of fabric selvage to selvage— (I cut about 130 for the two skirts I made)

Step #3– Assemble the Skirt

  A- Sew the Ruffle Fluff and the Tiers end to end to end also if your waistband fabric frays sew a small hem on it to prevent it from fraying.
B- Sew a gather stitch on  your Ruffle fluff pieces and than gather for the rest of your life (if you have a ruffler foot consider yourself supremely blessed)
 C- Sew your Ruffle Fluff on to your bottom tier and than sew a gather stitch on the bottom tier
        D- Gather your bottom tier to fit the top tier than sew together and sew gather stitch on top tier
E- Repeat steps with the the Inside Tier Layers than gather and sew to the waistband till you have something that looks like this
F- Sew the ends together so you have a tube
G- Fold in half and sew the encasing for your elastic (about 1″ wide), cut elastic to the waist measurement and insert elastic– (thank you whomever invented the safety pin- your a life saver) and close off.
Wahoo! you are now done– make sure and wake your girl up at 2 a.m so she can try it on– and than just sit back and enjoy watching her love and love and love her new princess skirt!
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