Friday, April 8, 2011

A Dozen Reasons to Love Sassy Skirt by Children's Corner, part 2 of 3

This is the second part in my notes on variations to Sassy Skirt by Children's Corner.

5.  Add deep pintucks to the skirt.

This started out as a substitution for a rectangle waistband, but this skirt is so cute I had to add it to the list of options.  This skirt would shine done in a linen with a crisp white blouse.  I used the gathered skirt and added three 1/2 inch tucks near the bottom of the skirt.  

6.  Add a band of fabric at the bottom of the gathered skirt.

The band can be thick or thin depending on your fabric.  I just add a 6 1/2 band that is folded in half to the bottom of the skirt.  To make this fast, I will usually sew the band on and then finish the seams with a serger.  This is a great way to use those crazy prints that you bought and now can't figure out what to do with them.  It is also great to make seasonal skirts (Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, and Halloween).


Sometimes I have used a ribbon to look like a band at the bottom.  

I have also added subtle details of bias binding along the bottom of the skirt.

This skirt band is on the bias-cut version.  The print was wild and when I finished the hem with a black thread rolled hem, it looked whimpy, so I pumped it up with a thicker band of black.

7.  Use stripped piecing on the gathered skirt.

This is another great use of wild prints and seasonal fabrics.  I pick an odd number of fabrics to use (pink has 5 and Christmas has 3).  I cut them as long as the gathered skirt is and then about 3" wide.  Sew your pieces back together in a visually pleasing manner and then attach the skirt as if it was a single piece.  This looks best with a band sewn on the bottom to anchor it.

8.  Vary the length of the gathered skirts

I have used the Sassy Skirt pattern as written with 2 skirts, but I have also made it with just one layer.  If I do much to the skirt, I skip making a double.  Sometimes making the second skirt and letting it show is a great option. The skirt on the left (floral) just has about 1 1/2 inches added to the bottom skirt.  The skirt on the right (bubbles) has the same bottom length added, but a bias trim around the top skirt.  The pictures don't give justice to the cute factor here.

The bias-cut, green skirt is made from crinkled cotton.  I did take the elastic all the way around the skirt due to stretching of the fabric when I topstitched.  This is so nice and flows well.

Now a complete look at the outfits from this week's blog:

Michael Miller fabric, Target t-shirt, Planet Applique ornament letter
Michael Miller fabric, Target t-shirt, Lynnie Pinnie Retro Trees

Mod kid fabrics, Ava pattern for top and skirt bottom, SS waist band
Pink twill fabric, Modkid ribbon, Target t-shirt, self embellishment, Stitch in Tim embroidery

Michael Miler fabric, Target t-shirt, satin black ribbon
Modkid fabric and ribbon, Target t-shirt, Stitch in Time embroidery
Heather Bailey fabric, Target t-shirt, red ribbon belt
Forget fabric source and Target t-shirt

Heather Bailey fabric, Fabric Finders stripe for bias binding, and flowers on Target t-shirt are Steam-A-Seamed down
Heather Bailey & Sandy Henderson fabric, Target t-shirt, and Stitch in Time embroidery

Original kit from Sew it Up using "Amy" pattern for top
Lime green crinkle fabric and Old Navy t-shirt

Next week is the last in the Sassy Skirt series........


  1. The stripwork skirt also has Sandy Henderson fabric in it. I'm LOVING this series, by the way!

  2. Fixed it!

    Thanks for the nice comment!

  3. I love all your variations! That pattern came out after my daughter was already grown past the largest size. I have used Little Hip Skirts about the same way though.