This little outfit was made for my 7 year old grand daughter, who loves anything horses, especially riding them at the other grandma’s house.
The top is store bought, a Faded Glory Girl Tee (about $4)
1/3 yard of Robert Kaufam, “The Real McCoy” fabric, for the skirt body
6″ x45″ 85% cotton/15% lycra knit fabric for the yoga pant type waistband
The embroidery on the shirt was done on my Brother PE-700II with a free online download.
I changed the suggested colors to coordinate with the fabric’s horse colors.
The yoga waistband did not require elastic, since it has Lycra in the fabric.
To make this little skirt without a pattern, here is what I did.
- Cut the cotton/Lycra knit strip 1″ smaller than desired finished waist measurement.
- Sew waistband 6 ‘ ends together , right sides facing each other with a 1/2″ seam using a stretch stitch.
- Turn waistband right side out and fold in half, so the long cut raw edges are together. HINT when pulling knit fabric it will always tell you the “right” side, since the cut edge will always curl TO the “right” side.
- Along the long cut edge divide the waistband in quarters, marking with pins.
- Trim off selvage from skirt fabric.
- Sew up edges to create a back seam where selvage was trimmed off. (I used a french seam).
- Quarter the top edge of the skirt fabric and mark with pins like on yoga waistband.
- Run a very loose gather stitch around top edge of skirt. Only gather to fit the yoga waistband when it is stretched to its maximum length.
- Match up quarter marking on yoga waist band and skirt fabric. Match center back seam of yoga waistband and skirt match.
- Stretch the waist band to fit the gathered skirt fabric as you sew using a stretch stitch.
- Turn up bottom and hem as desired.
HINT If you have an “overedge” presser foot, you may want to give this foot an opportunity to show you how nice it works. The black ledge under the tiny white brush is the seam edge guide. The bush keeps the “fuzz” from the raw edge at bay. The zig zag stitch (check your machine stitch options) works with this foot giving you a type of serged edge finish. I was in a hurry and my serger had hot pink thread on it, so I opted to used this foot to sew the back waistband seam and attach the yoga waistband to the skirt body.