Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Autumn Twirl Skirt and Top

I purchased these beautifully colored fabrics from a lovely shop, TheQuiltShoppe, on

I only have photos of one, but made two - one for us and one for our cousin.

I was planning on making ours more patterned, and the other more "halloween-ish" since we don't celebrate, but ran out of fabric so both skirts are the same.

I love how the twirl skirt is so full - and it was easier to make than I thought it was going to be. I used 8 different fabrics. I cut 8 rectangles and 8 "1/4 pie pieces" (triangles with curves on the bottom). The rectangles are longer so they can taper and meet at the waist. I used a plate to trace the triangles.

Align Center Her top has all the fabrics, our top is without the "animals!"

My SKIRT how-to:
~I laid out design, alternating fabrics.
~I sewed one triangle to the side of one rectangle on the lower edge (8 times), making sure that I sewed each set together the same way. I zigzag-finished each seam after this step.
~Using pins (which I hardly ever use), I lined up one rectangle side to the desired triangle side. It was a bit tricky at the top of the triangle, but I pinned as straight as I could. I sewed the seam and zigzagged, and then did the same for the remaining pieces.
~I finished the bottom with a tiny zigzag.
~I folded over fabric the top of skirt and made a casing for an elastic waist.

My SHIRT how-t0:
~I cut the pieces and laid out the fabrics on a piece of interfacing and pinned them down.
~I sewed a tight zigzag on all the seams and around the outer edge, too, since my machine is really picky.
~I ironed the square to the shirt and sewed a straight stitch around the edges to hold it in place.
~I added a little bow to top - it just made it look more balanced.
I'm not used to explaining my patterns, so if you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them!


Barbara Jacksier said...

Fabulous colors. Wish I was that daring. My wardrobe centers on black!

Laura said...

I love it! Thanks for the tutorial! Halloween is such a fun time of year.

The Quilt Shoppe said...

Those are absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for sharing :)