This is a bubble skirt I made back for Sewing in No Man’s Land 12 skirts of Christmas event, hence the thick tights and long sleeves. All the colors would still work great for today with the red white and blue 🙂
I love the fullness of the skirt and the super wide waist band.
The added wide ribbon around the waist adds to the festive feel of the skirt without making it a Christmas only skirt. So let’s make a nice and full bubble skirt shall we?
To start you will need some fabric for the skirt. To get the size for the rectangle measure your waist (or the waist of your little one) Then multiply it by 2.5. Then for the length determine how long you want the skirt then multiply it by 1.5.
For the next piece I used some knit fabric so it was nice and stretchy. It will be the width of the waist and half of the length of the skirt.
You will also cut out a waist band piece that you will see later.
Start by gathering the bottom edge of the skirt.
Then pin the inner skirt piece to the right side of the ruffled edge.
You may have to stretch the knit as you sew it to the ruffled layer so that the layers fit together. Just let the ruffle lead as you stretch the top.
Then gather the other end of the skirt.
Then fold the skirt right sides together so the skirt piece and lining match up. Then sew up that side.
Next fold the skirt so the seams are on the inside and so that the ruffled edge and the knit edge match up. You can sew them together to make it easier.
Now for the waistband, fold your fabric length wise and cut out a front and back waistband. I made mine angled a little. (which is why it looks angled in the picture) I made two one for the front and one for the back then unfolded the pieces and sewed them up the sides.
Then fold the waistband back and sew a straight line through the back, this will be your casing for the elastic.
Slip in the elastic and sew it in place on both ends.
And I love a big bow in the back. It makes me smile.
The skirt has a lot of body and movement. Which I can’t get enough of.
Have a happy 4th of July!