Every little girl dreams of being a princess, but thanks to Kate Middleton, it ain’t happening. That doesn’t mean you can’t dress like one though! This tutorial is an easy way to make a Princess Costume you can wear with pride. Let the people at Starbucks stare, you’re a princess, darn it and you’re going to let everyone know it (or you could just wait and wear it as a Halloween Costume if you want to be boring).
What you will need:
2-3 yards of fabric depending on how long you want the skirt
Some terms and definitions:
Selvage – The factory finished edge of a piece of fabric.
Right Side/Wrong side – Some fabrics look different on each side. Decide which side you want to be on the outside of your garment (This is the right side of your fabric). The other side is the wrong side.
Seam Allowance – The area between the edge of your pattern and the stitch line.
Raw Edge – The unfinished edge of a piece of fabric.
Fold your fabric in half width wise so that the wrong side of the fabric. Line the selvage up with the table edge and put something to weight down the four corners of your fabric.
Perpendicular to the edge of your table, draw a line that is your waist measurement + 2” and make a small mark dead center of that line (So if your waist is 28”, you will draw a line that is 30” and make a mark at 15”). From your center mark, use a yardstick to draw a line down the desired length of your skirt + 3”. At the bottom, draw a line that is ½ your desired bottom circumference +2” ( So, if you want the circumference of your skirt to be 100” your line will be 52” with the center line resting at 26”). Connect the top and bottom lines to make the sides of your skirt and you will end up with a pattern that looks something like this. Now cut it out. Do NOT cut along your center line, only the outside lines.
Pin your pieces together, right side to right side, along the edges. Stich, leaving one inch of seam allowance on each side (this means you stitch 1” in from the very edge of your skirt pieces)
Iron your seam allowances open. Now turn the skirt so the right side of the fabric is on the outside. Very lightly, mark 2 lines at the top and bottom of your fabric; one ½” down and one 1” down from your first line. Fold along your ½” line, turning the raw edge to the inside of the skirt and press. Now fold again along your 1” line, still turning it to the inside, and press again.
Stitch the folded fabric down leaving ¾” between your stitching and the top and bottom edge. At the top, leave one inch of space over the side seam unstitched.
Cut a piece of ¾” wide elastic that fits comfortably but snugly around your waist when stretched + 1”. Put a safety pin through one end and use that to thread the elastic through the opening at the top of the skirt. Make sure to hold on to the other end of the elastic so it doesn’t disappear into the casing.
Once you have the elastic all the way through, stitch the ends together with ½” of seam allowance and let go! The elastic should slide into the casing and the fabric will gather automatically. You are not the proud owner of a princess skirt!
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