Such sweet pink and white striped fabric called to me to be made into something. And an occasion gave me an excuse: the birth of a little girl, the third little girl in this family. So I made matching skirts for all of them.
I made it pretty simple. A straight skirt, about 1 1/2 times the width of the waist. Then I lined the hem with some beautiful lace my mother-in-law gave me.
The exposed elastic has become my new favorite thing--because of the way it looks, the ease of sewing it in (I hate threading elastic through a casing.) and the comfort of it.
My elastic is about 1/3 inch shorter than the waist measurement, just because I've noticed that elastic stretches once it's sewn on, and my hipless three year old needs things to fit tight or they'll fall down.
Once I'd serged my elastic into a tube, I folded the elastic into fourths and pinned it. Then I did the same thing with my skirt. Then I matched the pins and pinned them together.
Notice that the skirt is wider than the elastic? When I sewed the two together, I pulled the elastic, and stretched it to the same length as the skirt. This causes the skirt to gather.
A quick, simple, cute project. Does that sound familiar?