The skirt for this costume is a pretty simple circle skirt.
First, cut out your skirt panels (I had a pattern, but you can easily make your own).
Time to get cracking!
- Skirt panels
- Casing pieces
- Two packages of medium rick rack
- Sewing machine
First things first, stay-stitch the waist parts of your skirt panels. Stay stitching is stitching 1/2″ away from the raw edge just to avoid stretching over time.
Then, pin your skirt panels right sides together and stitch the side seams with a 5/8″ seam.
Then, pin the center of your rick rack 5/8″ from the raw edge of the bottom of the skirt. Sew this carefully, it’s pretty tricky to stay in the middle of the rick rack in my opinion.
Then, fold over and create a narrow hem (take your raw edge, fold over the seam allowance and then fold the raw edge inside itself). This is why we pinned the rick rack 5/8″ away. Our hem was a 5/8″ allowance, so when we fold our raw edge over, one half of the rick rack will remain visible. It leaves a nice scalloped looking edge.
After that, sew the side seams of your casing together, leaving a little gap in one side for your elastic. Then, right sides together, pin your casing to the waist part of the skirt and sew it on with a 5/8″ seam. After that, fold the casing over to the inside of the skirt, and – pinning on the outside – fold the raw edge of the casing over 3/8″ and pin it 1/8″ below the first casing seam. Then sewing in the ditch of the first seam, sew it down.
Then, cut a piece of elastic to fit over your hips, legs, butt, etc. to fit nicely around your waist. String it through the casing and then with the ends together stitch the elastic together. You can then slip stitch the casing gap closed, but I didn’t since there were no raw ends and the gap stays closed on its own anyway.