I just LOVE (yes I went there) how these love tees came out, too. They are based on the sculpture, and I just traced a picture of it and used that to make my appliques.
Can’t wait for our Valentine’s Day party to whip these cuties out! (oh, and the outfits too)
I also put together a (rather overly detailed) tutorial for the tiered skirt-hopefully my wordiness doesn’t scare you off. If I haven’t scared you off by now though….you are made of tough stuff.
Ok so first off you’re going to have to do some math. I know, I know. Math is the pits. It’s just a wee little bit though, so hopefully I won’t be responsible for anyone’s brains melting. (gross)
Get the full tutorial below!
You’ll need your child’s waist measurement, and also measure how long you’d like the skirt to be.
If you’re doing 3 tiers, divide the skirt length you decided on by 3. (For Charlotte’s her waist was 18″ and length was 9″)
So if each panel is going to be 3″ wide, you’ll need to add some extra fabric on the top and bottom of each strip, for seam allowances, hem, and elastic casing.
For example, my pieces were cut out as follows: (just talking width right now)
Top pieces: I added 2 1/2″, so they were 5 1/2″ wide. (for seam allowance and elastic casing. I used 3/4″ elastic, so adjust if you’re using wider or thinner elastic)
Middle pieces: Added 1/2″ (for seam allowance) so they were 3 1/2″ wide.
Bottom pieces: Added one inch (for seam allowance and hem) making them 4″ wide.
Now to figure out the length. I used my waist measurement to figure out the top tier length. I divided that number in half (18/2=9) then added 9 to the waist measurement. (27″) So basically one and a half waist lengths. Does that make sense? Hope so.
For the middle….I didn’t add much more length, about 6 more inches, since I only wanted it to be slightly gathered. (33 “)
For the bottom tier, I multiplied the top tier length by 3. (52″)
Then I divided each length by 2, and cut two pieces for each tier.
So, the two top tier pieces were 5 1/2″ x 27″. Middle tiers were 3 1/2″ x 33″, and bottom tiers were 4″ x 54″.
I hope this makes sense and the formula works ok for you!
Moving on. For each tier, sew the two pieces right sides together along the short ends. Finish with a serger or zig zag stitch. Then serge or zig zag the long edges as well.
Also hem under the bottom edge about 1/2″.
Then sew a gathering (longest) stitch along the top of the bottom and middle tiers. Gather the bottom tier to fit the middle tier, like so:
Then pin and sew together.
Handy tip: I like to tie my thread tails together from my gathering stitch (all four of them) so that I don’t lose any gathers while pinning and/or adjusting.
Then do the same with the middle tier, and pin and sew to the bottom of the top tier.
Then iron the top of the top tier over for the casing. I use my elastic to gauge where to fold it over.
Then sew around the casing, leaving an inch or two open.
Next cut your elastic to your child’s waist measurement plus about 1″, thread it through with a safety pin, then sew the two ends together, and the opening shut. You’re done!
For Sadie’s skirt, I lengthened the top tier and omitted the middle tier.