This year needs to be an inexpensive Halloween. I was going to make us all angry birds costumes, but decided it would take a lot of material. So Alan and I decided to be what were last year – high schoolers – and sport our student body officer and Letterman’s jacket (mine is the Letterman’s jacket…I lettered in water polo… and Alan was the student body President).
We wanted our little Bammer to match us so I decided to make her a cheer leading skirt! We wanted her to match with one of our schools – my colors were brown and gold and Alan’s were maroon and gold…his colors are a little prettier although I am proud of the brown and gold. Go bears! So I went to the store and bought some maroon and gold fabric and some elastic for the waist.
Now this was an all around learning experience for me. I learned how to do a box pleat and how to put on an elastic waist. I also made lots of errors and used my seam ripper more than once…but I wanted to share with you the skirt and what I learned.
Here’s what I learned:
Lesson 1 – When making a skirt for a baby, make sure the material is stretchy. The elastic stretches, but the rest of the skirt doesn’t and didn’t quite fit my daughter this morning…
Lesson 2 – If you don’t have stretchy material, use a zipper. I’m going to add one to the skirt later today and show you what it looks like.
Lesson 3 – When making an elastic band, there needs to be more material than the length of the band. Cut enough in length so that you can ruffle the material, allowing the elastic to stretch.
And here’s what I did!
I used my daughter’s pants as a sample to see how big to make the skirt.
I cut out 5 maroon strips and 5 gold strips all 5 x 10 inches.
Then I matched up all the strips right side to right side.
Then I sewed all the strips together.
The maroon strips are the only part that will show when the shirt is done. They measured 16 inches across which is what her pants were so I knew I had the right size. You can add more strips if you need it to be bigger. I didn’t sew one yellow strip so it would be easier to sew across.
Then I folded the gold pieces in half and moved the maroon pieces together so that the gold couldn’t be seen. Pin the pieces well! Then sew across the top to make your box pleat.
After this I then sewed together the last gold strip and sewed across the top to make a complete circle.
Now to make the waistband. I cut a strip of maroon 3 x 20 inches. You want it to be longer than the skirt so you can ruffle it so the elastic has room to stretch. Sew the ends together to make a hollow strip.
Put a safety pin on each side of the elastic and feed it through the material strip. It’s good to leave the safety pins on so you don’t lose the elastic in the material.
Pin the band on the skirt, right side to right side. Sew along the edge. I didn’t sew the actual elastic so that it could move.
Then pin the two elastic ends in the back of the skirt and sew top to bottom to keep it in place.
Once you’ve done all the sewing, iron the pleats. Fold the gold pleats in half so the fold is pointing inward, then iron.
And there you have a cute cheer skirt for a baby! And like I said, remember to use stretchy material or just use a zipper and nix the elastic in the band.
I finished the rest of her costume this weekend! Make sure you check out her completed Cheer Costume!