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Scalloped Skirt Tutorial

Here it is, at long last! My skirt for March’s Point of View theme. 🙂 I LOVE this skirt, it makes me giddy just looking at it.

And I am so thankful for my neighbor who took these pictures for me, since I can never get this little one to sit still or get far enough away from me to take a decent picture.

So, Ready to make one for yourself? These measurements will make a skirt that will fit a toddler size 2-4.

You will need three sections of fabric, the waistband, the over skirt and the underskirt. I used 1 yard of the main fabric and 1/2 yard of the coordinating fabric. You will also need 3/4″ elastic.
 Let’s get cutting! The waistband will be 5″ X 27″, the over skirt will be 54″ X 11″ (I did two 27″ by 11″ pieces) and the underskirt (coordinating fabric) will be 36″ X 12″.
 All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless noted otherwise.

Sew the short sides of each section to make three tubes of fabric. Zig zag stitch or serge the seams to keep from fraying. Press one side of the over skirt and underskirt into a 1/2″ hem. {fold up 1/2″, press, fold up another 1/2″ press} For the waistband piece you will need to make a casing for the elastic. Fold over one side 1/2″ ,press, and then fold over another 1″, press. Sew all the hems/casing. {stitch the hems at 3/8″ seam allowance, and sew the casing at 7/8″ seam allowance- leaving 1-2″ open for threading the elastic}

Now we are going to mark our fabric for gathering. Take each piece and on the un-finished edge mark at the 1/4 point. The easiest way is to match up the side seams, fold in half and mark on the fold point. {see picture} Make sure to mark both sides of fabric so you have four gathering marks.

We also need to mark for the scallop gathers. We are going to make 4″ lines from the hemmed edge of the overskirt fabric tube. Each of the lines should be 8 3/4″ from the side seams. This will divide the front into 3 sections. Repeat for the back side. Make a mark 4″ up on each of the side seams as well.

Now, set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length. We are going to sew around the unfinished sides of both skirt pieces at 1/4″ seam allowance {over and underskirt}. You will also sew up each of the 4″ lines marked on the over skirt {total of 6}. DO NOT BACKSTITCH ON ANY OF THESE GATHERING POINTS. 🙂

We are going to make our scallops now! {hang in here with me} Turn your fabric over to the wrong side. On the end that is NOT at the hem, pull on the bobbin thread and use a pin or needle to pull the needle thread so it’s on the wrong side of the fabric too. Make a knot, but DO NOT trim the threads.

Pull the needle thread to the wrong side of the fabric on the other end of the gathering stitches (at the hem). Pull one of the threads to gather the fabric until the gather is 2″ long. Tie a knot. Repeat 5 more times to gather all the scallops.

Put your sewing machine back on a normal stitch length. Sew over the scallop gathers along the over skirt. Make sure to backstitch on each end. You may want to sew over it twice to secure the gathers. Now on to putting the skirt together. {finally!}

We’re going to switch fabrics here because when I made the first skirt I forgot to take pictures of these next steps. 😉 Take your over skirt and gather the fabric. With right sides together pin it to the waistband. {not shown} Make sure to match up the markings so the gathers are even.

Sew around the seam at 3/8″ seam allowance. Repeat with the underskirt, this time though the right side of the underskirt will be matched up with the wrong side of the over skirt. Gather fabric, match up markings, pin and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Trim seam to a generous 1/4″ seam allowance, finish the seam (zig zag or serge), press toward the waistband and top stitch.

Now all that’s left is threading the elastic and closing the opening. Measure the waist of the wearer and add 1″ for overlap. Cut your elastic to this length. Using a safety pin stuck in one side thread the elastic through the casing of the waistband. Overlap the elastic and stitch to secure. Pull the elastic so it’s enclosed in the casing and stitch the opening shut! We….Are….Done!!!

And now you have this most darling of skirts to enjoy on your little one. 🙂 I had so much fun making this skirt for our first ever Point of View, a Creative Collaboration! I hope you’ll head over to Stacy’s blog and see all the other Points of View on “skirts”! And while you’re there, link up your own posts and let your Point of View be heard. 🙂



p.s. Please remember that while you are free to use this tutorial to make your own skirts, reproducing the tutorial for any reason is not allowed! Feel free to link away, but please respect my copyright.

Linking up to Craft Goodies, Spunky Junky, Tatertots and Jello, Sew Many Ways, Think Pink with Flamingo Toes and Whatever Goes Wednesday on Someday Crafts

Tidy Mom this blessed nest

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  • Amy @ Increasingly Domestic
    March 25, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Ahh! This is adorable! I am adding this to my ever expanding to do list which consists of about half of YOUR dang blog.

  • Wendy@Craft Goodies
    March 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I seriously want your sewing skills! This is SO cute, I'd be giddy too.
    Thanks for linking, your awesome-

  • Rachel
    March 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I love everything about that skirt, I'm bookmarking it for next summer.

  • Ellie
    March 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I love this skirt. It's the cutest scalloped skirt I have ever seen. Definitely on my to-do list.


  • Amy (naptimecrafters)
    March 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    ADORABLE!! And it looks so easy too which is perfect! I'll be featuring you as a friday fav next week at

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    March 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    So adorable, Amy. I love the fabric combination. And I love the little waistband section around the top. This is just way too cute. The pictures turned out great.

  • BakingMama
    March 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    This skirt is the cutest! I'd love to try to make a couple for my girlies!

  • A.Vang
    March 26, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Oh my goodness! This is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. It just moved to the top of my to do list. The dishes will have to wait! Thanks

  • Kara
    March 26, 2011 at 3:42 am

    This is do darn cute! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial. It's going into my "to make" file. 🙂

  • roxybonds
    March 26, 2011 at 4:15 am

    I love this skirt! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  • Sharon
    March 26, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Too cute!! I am going to have to make this skirt, thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica at Me Sew Crazy
    March 26, 2011 at 11:54 am

    what a cute little skirt! Love it! And the bright colorful fabric you chose is fabulous!

  • Misty
    March 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    So, so, so cute!!!

  • Jen
    March 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    This is adorable! You've got some mad sewing skills! Visiting from, I hope you'll come check my blog out too!

  • April
    March 28, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Absolutely adorable! Thanks for the tutorial! I would love for you to link this to my Sew Crafty Party! And while your there check out all the Spring Fling Giveaways including my Bustle Back Spring Dress! Hope to see you there!

  • Dora, the Quilter
    March 28, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I love this skirt too!

  • Jocelyn
    March 28, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Hi! I found you through WhipperBerry. I love this skirt! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to save it for when I feel like I've reached that skill level. I'm so initimidated by sewing clothes!

  • Emily {WhipperBerry}
    March 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I wanted to let you know we featured this on WhipperBerry today. Come grab a featured button if you would like!

  • Amanda
    March 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I featured you today! Woot Woot! 🙂 Graat job!


  • Anonymous
    March 31, 2011 at 12:57 am

    That skirt is absolutely adorable!

  • Amanda
    April 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    You are in the top 10 at Today's Top 20 for Blogger of the month! Congrats! Time to get your vote on! 🙂 Good luck!


  • Connie the crafterbug
    April 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    This is so adorable! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    April 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Gorgeous Skirt – love the fabrics… stop by if you get a chance and check out a similar skirt style I did a tute on too!
    The Spangler
    DOUBLE LAYER TWIRLY SKIRT … it used elasticised thread to achieve the ruched/pickup look!

  • Spunky Junky
    April 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    featured you at sj today. Those lil' legs are stickin' cute, and I guess the dress is too. hahaha.


  • Jessica at Me Sew Crazy
    April 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Love how many features your skirt is getting! I had it set to feature today as well, it is well deserved! So cute!

  • Anonymous
    April 4, 2011 at 2:31 am

    adorable!!!! so gonna make this for my little one for Passover!! thank you!!!!!

  • SNL
    April 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    So precious!! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Sarah @ FairyFace Designs
    April 9, 2011 at 8:33 am

    This is just gorgeous, definitely going to make it for my little girl! Thanks for the tute!

  • casserole
    April 9, 2011 at 8:33 am

    This is sooo pretty!! I love those scallops around the hem! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  • Pinkie
    April 9, 2011 at 8:33 am

    This skirt is so beautiful. I just got a sewing machine for Christmas but haven't used it yet because I'm a little intimidated by it. I am bookmarking this tutorial for when I get the nerve up. LOL

  • Megan
    April 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I thnk this is sooo cute. I would love to copy it… Wondered what emblishments you used on her sweater? What type of flowers are those? It looks darling.

    Also, I am not new to sewing but I am new to adjusting patterns.. how would I change this to fit a girl size 5-7?


  • Amy
    April 17, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I LOVE your scalloped skirt! It went directly into my "to do" folder and now I've chosen it to finish for Funky Polkadot Giraffe's "Bookmarked Challenge"! So I've done a post about it and linked back to you…you can check it out at
    Thanks! And I hope mine turns out half as cute as yours!!!


  • Jami
    April 21, 2011 at 4:03 am

    This skirt is delicious! I love it! 😀 great tutorial BTW 😀

  • Andrea
    April 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Super cute!! Loving it!

    Andrea @

  • Jeremy, Lana, Brenna and Mason
    June 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I just did this today since I've been wanting to forever! Thank you for the tutorial.. such a cute skirt! This is how mine turned out (bad pictures) and I put a link to the tutorial!

  • elliesue
    January 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    You are right, I just can't stop looking at this skirt either, but I was thinking a slightly older girl, say 4-6.
    But thank you for the Tutorial I will put it to good use having 3 granddaughters.

  • Kim Conner
    April 9, 2012 at 4:59 am

    This is the cutest little skirt EVER. I am in love with the scallops! Thanks for a great tutorial. 🙂 I shared this today for Skirt Week at seven thirty three. 🙂