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:
Photo shoot via my 4 year old - I think she did pretty good:
So, go try this!! Have fun with it!