Cup Day Skirt tutorial

Firstly, a warning!  This is going to be a long and photo-heavy post.  When I can work out how I will convert the tutorial into a pdf and upload it somewhere, but for now here is the promised tutorial for the Cup Day Skirt.

Cup Day Skirt Photo 01 by you.

Please let me know if there are any glaring problems with this tutorial or anything that absolutely doesn’t make sense.  It’s the first one I’ve written and I’m not a professional!

Cup Day Skirt Photo 02 by you.

There are two versions of this skirt; one has twice the fabric in it as the other (more twirlability).  I made these to fit my daughter who is almost 6 years old and rather short.  It is simple to adjust for other sizes – just alter the skirt length and the waist elastic accordingly.  You can alter the depth of the ruffle to suit the amount of fabric you have available, or can leave it off completely.  Happy sewing!

1. Materials and equipment

 

Green skirt:

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 03 by you.

 

Approximately 14” (36cm) of 45” (115cm) wide fabric for the main skirt

Approximately 10” (25 cm) of 45” wide contrast fabric for the waistband and ruffle

 

Brown skirt (more twirlability):

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 04 by you.

 

Approximately 45” (115cm) of 45” (115cm) wide fabric

 

Both skirts:

Coordinating thread

Approximately 50” (125cm) of ½ inch wide elastic

Safety pins or bodkins for threading elastic

Scissors or rotary cutter, mat and ruler

Pins

Sewing machine (an overlocker is handy too)

 

Note: I used 5/8 inch seams throughout.

 

2. Cutting out

 

Version 1

Main fabric: Cut 1 piece 13-14” deep across the whole width of the fabric

Ruffle: Cut 2 pieces 2-3” deep across the whole width of the fabric. 

Waistband: Cut 1 piece 3 ¾ – 4” deep by approx 35” long.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 05 by you.

 

Version 2

Main skirt: Cut 2 pieces 13-14” deep across the whole width of the fabric

Ruffle: Cut 4 pieces 2-3” deep across the whole width of the fabric

Waistband: Cut 1 piece 3 ¾ -4” deep across the whole width of the fabric

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 06 by you.

 

3. Waistband.

 

Fold the waistband in half along it’s length WRONG sides together and press.

Open out and fold the top edge over 5/8”.  Press this fold.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 07 by you.

 

Open out again, then place the short ends right sides together.

Sew the waistband seam from the top edge to the 5/8” fold, securing the thread at the end.

Sew again from the centre fold to the bottom edge.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 08 by you.

 

Press the folds back into place. 

You now have a waistband with an opening that you will later use to thread elastic through.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 10 by you.

 

The main part of the skirt will be sewn to the unfolded edge (at the bottom of the photo).

Divide the waistband into quarters and mark (I use pins).

 

4. Main skirt

Sew the side seams of the skirt together. 

Version 1 will only have one seam.

Version 2 will have two seams.

Press these seams open.  Since the fabric was cut along the entire width, the edges don’t need finishing as they are the selvedges.

Gather the top edge of the skirt, using whichever method you are most comfortable with.  I sew two parallel rows of stitching using the longest stitch length my machine has.  I sew one row about ½” from the edge of the fabric and the other row about ¾” from the edge of the fabric.

Divide the top edge of the fabric into quarters and mark (I use pins). 

 

5. Ruffle

Sew the ruffle pieces right sides together along the short edges.

Press these seams open.  Since the fabric was cut along the entire width, the edges don’t need finishing as they are the selvedges.

Hem one long edge using whichever method you prefer.  I have done a narrow machine stitched hem, but you could do a rolled hem or a bias-bound hem.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 11 by you.

 

Gather the top edge of the ruffle in the same manner as you did the skirt, using whichever method you are most comfortable with.  I sew two parallel rows of stitching using the longest stitch length my machine has.  I sew one row about ½” from the edge of the fabric and the other row about ¾” from the edge of the fabric.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 12 by you.

 

Divide the top edge of the fabric into quarters and mark (I use pins).

 

6. Attach ruffle to skirt.

Match up the quarter points on the skirt and the ruffle and pin them right sides together. 

Pull up the gathering threads until the ruffle fits onto the skirt.  Pin in place, adjusting the gathers evenly.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 13 by you.

 

Sew the ruffle to the skirt using your machine or an overlocker.  Make sure that you take the pins out before you get to them if you’re using an overlocker!

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 14 by you.

 

If you used a machine, finish the raw edges with a zig-zag or other such stitch.

Press the ruffle away from the body of the skirt. You might need to remove some of the gathering threads.

 

7. Attach waistband to skirt.

In the same way as you attached the ruffle to the skirt, attach the skirt to the waistband.

Match up the quarter points on the waistband and the skirt and pin them raw edges and right sides together. 

Pull up the gathering threads until the skirt fits onto the waistband.  Pin in place, adjusting the gathers evenly.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 15 by you.

 

Sew the skirt to the waistband using your machine or an overlocker.  Make sure that you take the pins out before you get to them if you’re using an overlocker!

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 16 by you.

 

If you used a machine, finish the raw edges with a zig-zag or other such stitch. Press the seam allowances towards the waistband. You might need to remove some of the gathering threads.

 

8. Casings.

Fold the waistband to the inside and press.  It should just cover the seamline.  Pin into place and stitch close to the bottom fold.  This will hopefully be almost along the seamline between the skirt and the waistband.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 17 by you.

 

Sew another line of stitching halfway between the first line and the top of the waistband.  This forms the casings for the elastic. 

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 18 by you.

 

9. Elastic.

Cut two pieces of elastic to fit comfortably around the waist, plus another 2” (I cut them 22” long for a size 5 skirt).

Using elastic bodkins or safety pins, thread the elastic through the casings.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 19 by you.

 

Adjust to fit, and sew the ends of the elastic together.

Distribute the gathers nicely, and sew the waistband casing opening closed.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 20 by you.

 

Try on and twirl!

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 22 by you.

 

Cup Day Skirt Photo 21 by you.

 

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42 thoughts on “Cup Day Skirt tutorial

  1. thank you! thank you!! thank you!!! can think of three little twirly girls that would love one of these for christmas. fab tute. on the pdf front, do you have a pdf writing program?? there are a few freeware versions out there where you can turn a word file into a pdf file with a click of a button. love mine.

  2. Yay! You did it!!! Well done! LOVE that floral fabric – and for once I DON’T have it in a different colourway!!!

    Great to see you and your gorgeous girls today. I hope they weren’t as sugar-fuelled as mine was by the end of the day!!!

  3. These skirts are really cute! If I may ask a question, Why do you use two pieces of elastic versus just using one. I am new to sewing and make quite a few skirts for the girls. If there is good reason to do it with two different strips of elastic… well you understand. I am always looking for a better way to get something done. Thanks.

  4. Hi Lara! Thanks for encouraging me with the B.O. – I wrote the post and promptly joined up for next year! Dash it, I told myself, stop crying in your soup and get out there! Looking through the B.O. website, I understand that there will be no set projects for the meetings; is that your understanding too?
    Bye the way, love a good twirl!

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  6. Hey, i tried your skirt out (more or less, adjusted a bit) and i really enjoyed the tutorial! I linked to it from my blog (a few times) and from Wardrobe Refashion as well. Thanks for a great (and fun!) tutorial!

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  9. If you can figure out how to make the PDF, you can use scridb.com to upload and share. I just tried it (on advice from another blogger) and have used it 3 times in December. It’s great!
    This skirt looks great.

  10. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have spent WAY too much time trying to figure out a way of making a twirly skirt without the excessive bulk at the waist. Your BRILLIANT tutorial solved my dilemma. Now I can make a skirt with rectangular pieces instead of having to draft a circle (i didn’t like the fabric waste and having to deal with hemming and sewing bias edges). This is exactly what I have been searching for.

    I like your fabric choices, and the model of course is lovely. Good wishes to you and your family.

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  14. Thank you so much for a lovely tutorial….i love both the versions but i made the second version first for my 4 yr old daughter, she loves it very much. Thank you again….

  15. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I especially love the version with twice as much fabric, it’s so twirly! I love the floral fabric you chose, it’s so perfect for the skirt. What fabric is that?

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