|Edited June 2013 for Fabric Stash contest.|
This is a child's skirt with an elastic and drawstring waist, made for charity. Judging by measurements on commercial patterns, it is probably about a size 7 or 8.
I started with 2/3 yard of cotton print, 44 inches wide. The fabric was stitched together in a tube; the line of stitching formed the centre back seam. The hem was double-folded, 1/2 inch per fold, and machine stitched. The waist was folded under first 1/2 inch and then 1 inch to form a casing. Before the casing was stitched, a small faced opening (like a buttonhole) was made at the waist centre front for the drawstring.
A variation on the waistline casing was used for this skirt. click here Instead of folding down the top edge to form the casing, pink bias binding was sewn at the waistline on the fabric right side and elastic and drawstring inserted as below.
After the casing was stitched, elastic, 3/4 the length of the skirt's width measurement, was inserted. Then a drawstring of commercial bias binding (with the fold stitched closed) was inserted over the elastic so the wearer could get a better fit. A large clear bead was threaded onto each end of the drawstring and secured with a double knot. This was to keep the drawstring from disappearing into the casing.
The elastic was stitched down at the waist centre back to help keep the gathers evenly distributed.
The skirt turned out well. I am looking forward to making several others in various sizes, adding variations such as appliques, pockets, eyelet, ribbons, etc. It should be fun!