Learn how to create a super quick gathered skirt with lining.
What makes these skirts so quick and easy, is that they do not have a separate waistband. Instead, the elastic band is inserted in a tunnel which is created between main and lining.
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The skirt is made of 4 rectangular pieces of fabric: 2 for the main skirt, and 2 for the lining. The illustration shows the dimensions of each rectangle.
(For my 5-year old, I used pieces of 28 cm (11″) high, and 66 cm (26″) wide. For my 2-year-old, I used pieces of 22 cm high (8.5″), and 55 cm (21.5″) wide.)
Serge or zigzag the two short edges of each panel. Next, put one main and one lining rectangle with right sides together, and the print directed upwards (not upside down). Stitch along the top edge with a 1 cm (3/8″) seam allowance. Repeat for the other main and lining rectangle. Press the seam allowance toward the lining.
You now have a tube. Fold the lining into the main skirt, so that they are with wrong sides together. The fold you make is at the seam you created in step 2. Press this fold.
Next, we will create a tunnel for our elastic band by stitching two lines. The first line is at the edge of the fold. The second line is at [width of elastic + 5 mm (1/4)”] from the first line, so that there is enough room (but not too much) for the elastic.