Finally - - the tutorial on a Shirred Pocket Skirt. Sorry this has taken me so long to put together - - but worth the wait! This skirt is super easy to make and always gets lots of compliments. Here we go on how to make it...
I used this great yellow fabric I found at Hancock's Fabric. It's sersuckerish, so it's nice and breezy for summer. It was also 60in wide instead of the normal 44in, so I had lots to play with.
I cut a piece and held it up to myself (very specific measuring method - not!) - I made it as long as I wanted it from my waist to my knee, then around the waist I left a generous amount of room to get in and out of it. Here's looking down as I held it out from my waist (don't worry, I'm trying it on over my clothes - I know you were concerned...)
Sidetrack - - I just want to show you a couple of different ways to use a serger - I used the regular serged edge for that seam. It's picture is on the left. The picture on the right is of the hem. I didn't want to do a real hem (you could if you want, I'm just lazy) so the picture on the right is my serger on the "p" - I think it's picolt - it's kind of like a rolled hem, just quicker. See the difference??
Alright, moving on - so you have your tube, and it's hemmed however you want. Next, the waist - the shirring - don't be afraid of it!! Shirring is just sewing with elastic thread.
--get the thread in the elastic department - it's way cheaper than the stuff in the thread department and has a ton more on it.
--hand-wind your bobbin - that's exactly what it says use your hands, and wrap the elastic thread around and around your bobbin
--sew like normal! That's it. You can read more on sewing with shirring on this dress post.
So I didn't have to start and stop alot, I sewed the first line up by the edge, and when it came around to meet itself I just dropped down a little ways and kept on sewing - so it's a giant spiral - - hopefully you can tell what I'm talking about in this picture:
After that I tried it on so I could see where to put pockets. I put some edging around my pockets to make them stand out, and turned the fabric on them so the stripes go the opposite way of the skirt. Then just sewed them right down.
Photo shoot via my 4 year old - I think she did pretty good:
So, go try this!! Have fun with it!