My little boy and I had a toddler party to attend this weekend for a friend. She is turning two, and like last year, I decided to make her some clothes. I didn’t have as much time this year (goodness knows why not) so didn’t have time to make anything as complex as the ruffled top I made last year. So, simple skirts it was.
I found a pattern on the internet I liked and made it up. My toddler was safely in bed. Mistake. I tried it on him the next day and it was like a long pencil skirt. Something wrong happened, I think in the measuring. He didn’t like it as he couldn’t climb.
Anyway, I found another pattern – http://www.danamadeit.com/2011/04/a-simple-skirt-a-simple-tutorial.html – and quickly emailed my friend for her little girl’s measurements.
Here’s what you do – take the waist measurement and DOUBLE it. This will give you a nice full skirt. Then, take the waist to knee measurement and add a couple of inches for hems and waistband.
You should then have a rectangle of fabric.
Now, I went a bit wrong here in the making up, but the original instructions should be easy to follow.
My little boy was happily eating his snack as I was making these up – and he does love the sewing machine (phew) – and he can eat a lot so I managed to run up all three in snack time. Just about. These fit much better – a perfect size for a two year old. I made the fleece one a bit biggger as it is August here and thankfully we don’t have much call for fleece but we will in a few months time.
These are really really simple – even when I went wrong I was able to rectify it quickly and you would never tell from the looking at it.