BurdaStyle Magazine, BurdaKids 2003, Pattern 651, Toddler Skirt

Pattern Description:
ruffleSimple skirt from a rectangle of fabric.

Pattern Sizing:
92, 98, 104 (roughly 2T, 3T, 4T)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It did before I added the ruffle.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, and I liked the method of leaving the top inch (i.e. the foldover part of waistband) of a side seam open to insert the elastic.

They didn’t tell you how long to make the elastic. I used Sandra Betzina’s recommendation of 1.5 inches less than the child’s waist.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It’s very easy to sew or alter.

Fabric Used:
An old, hand-me-down fabric from my quilt fabric stash.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I added a bias cut ruffle. I should have measured a skirt DD wears before I made this one. It was midthigh on her even tho the pattern size is for a child taller than she is and the picture shows it coming down to the knee. I used my ruffler for the first time for this skirt.

I left off the fabric ties.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I plan on sewing it again, but I can’t recommend it. It would be easy to make by measuring the bottom circumference of a skirt for the fabric retangle width and the length of the skirt for the fabric rectangle height . Dont’ forget to add seam allowances, 1″ waistband, and hem. Cut the elastic for the waist 1.5 inches smaller than the girl’s waist.

This was very easy to make, but you really don’t need a pattern.


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