Summer inspired me for this skirt. The abundance of sunshine and fruits, the sweet smells and little girls playing.
2 to 12
Bias tape for all sizes 5/8 in wide - 1 yard or two pieces, ½ yard each
Ribbon for all sizes - 4 pieces , 10 inches long each
Strawberry fabric - 1 yard, green fabric 1/2 yard
cotton yarn - one ball = Yarn - Cotton/acrilyc 50x50% , white, 100gr/251meters
Needles - US 6 / 4mm / UK 8
Gauge - 24sts x 30 rows = 4” in stocking stitch
Prepare all fabric pieces, according to the cutting tables and make the pockets
Press 1/4 inch for the seam allowance at the top of the piece and fold one more time to press now 1 inch fold for the elastic. These are markings only. Sew the side seam and clean the edge with zig-zag stitch.
Now fold the pressed seam allowance and elastic sleeve. Top stitch the elastic sleeve at 1 mm from the folded edge and leave an opening of 1" inch to insert later the elastic.
Sew the side seam of the second part (if needed join two pieces) and make two parallel passes with 3-4mm long straight stitch at the top edge for gathering. Pull the bobbin threads together to make the gather.
The gather should measure the same as the bottom edge of the first part.
Place the first part inside the second part, right sides of fabric facing and pin together, so the gather is evenly spaced around the bottom edge of the first part. Sew together at 1/4 inch from the edge and make sure youíre facing the gather while sewing.
Clean the edge with zig-zag and remove the gathering threads.
Turn the skirt around and gently press the seam allowance toward the top part. If you wish, top stitch it.
Thread the ribbons through the wholes in the pocket, leaving one empty hole in the middle. Fold the edges of the ribbon toward the back of the pocket and pin. Tie a simple bow. For the smaller sizes, Iíd recommend making a few stitches to fix the bow so it canít get constantly un-tied :-)
Fold one end of the bias tape toward the inside and start going with it around the pocket. Pin in place and try to have even amount of the tape both on top and bottom. Even better if you fold it so the width at the bottom is 1mm larger than on top Fold the second end like the first one and tuck it inside, so there are no raw edges left.
Place the skirt flat and centered and measure 1 ? to 2 inches from the side. Place the pocket and leave 1 inch from the bottom edge.
Pin in place.
Top stitch first at 1mm from the inner edge of the bias and then at 1 mm from the outer edge. Reinforce stitching at both ends.
Do the same for the second pocket.
Join all strips for the bottom ruffle. Clean the bottom edge with zig-zag and top stitch the hem. On the top edge make two parallel rows of stitching for gathering. Pull together the bobbin threads to gather. Make the gather so that it is the same length as the raw edge of the skirt.
In the same manner as the first two parts were joined, attach the ruffle to the skirt. Clean the seam with zig-zag and fold the seam allowance away from the gather.
Top stitch facing the right side at 1mm from the seam.
Use a safety pin or the special instrument to insert the elastic into the sleeve through the opening. Join the edges of the elastic and sew together with zig-zag stitch. Close the opening with straight stitch and if you wish top stitch through the middle of the elastic all the way around. This will ensure no twisting.
Cast on 30
1st row (right side): *knit 2, purl 2, repeat from
* to the end of the row.
2nd row (wrong side): *purl2, knit2, repeat from
* to the end of the row
Rows 3, 5 and 7 same as row 1
Rows 4, 6 and 8 same as row 2
9nth row : knit 2, *Yarn over, knit 2 together,
knit 1, repeat from * to last 1 st, knit 1
10th row and every even row to the end purl all.
Rows 11 to 31 - knit all
Row 33 - knit 1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches,
knit 2 tog, knit 1.
Row 35 - knit 1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches,
knit 2 tog, knit 1.
Row 37 - knit 1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches,
knit 2 tog, knit 1.
Row 38 - bind off and weave ends in.
Block to shape.
I'm a work at home mom to two - a boy 11 years old and a girl 4 years old, that are my inspiration to most things I do. I'm "former" children's book illustrator with over 15 published books, blog and have been drawing since I remember myself.
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