There are few things my youngest loves more than dressing up. Most days, you can find her twirling in front of a mirror and singing songs she has just made up. Today’s tutorial made her day more than I even anticipated with this gathered, sequin skirt for little girls.
The tutorial itself is super-simple to make. It goes together very similar to the coordinating adult version we made a few weeks ago here. Imagine how adorable it would be if you made them in matching fabrics!
Working with sequins can be challenging. If we’re being honest, when I started this project, I didn’t take my own sequin-sewing-advice and broke a needle almost immediately. Sequins can be challenging and take longer to sew than traditional fabrics but come out looking so beautiful that it’s worth it! See my post on how to sew with sequins HERE.
Since the fabric we are working with to make this sequin skirt is a little more challenging, I recommend setting aside 1 1/2 hours – 2 hours to complete this project. If you decide to re-make it with a regular printed fabric, you could probably complete the skirt in under an hour.
Sequin Skirt Supplies
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- Sewing Pins
- Dressmaker Shears
- Lace Sequin Fabric
- 2-inch Soft Gold Elastic Band
- Basic Sewing Machine – See My Post On 15 Best Sewing Machines For Under $150 HERE
- White Lining Fabric
How To Make A Sequin Skirt For Little Girls
You might have noticed that today’s tutorial doesn’t include a pattern. Don’t stress. That’s because we’ll be making this simple skirt with just two measurements! That’s right. before we begin, jot down your little one’s waist circumference and measure how long you want the skirt to be.
Now pick up your cute gold elastic and trim it to be 1 1/2″ smaller than the waist measurement you just took. Mark it with a pin and sew the ends together to create a circle.
Now, take a look at the waist measurement again and add 5″. Adding the extra few inches will create the cute gathered look that flows when she spins and make it easier to get on and off- especially if she’s still in diapers.
Cut a rectangle that is as long as your waist + 5 inches and as wide as you wanted your skirt to be. Zoe’s little skirt is 12″ wide so it hits just below the knee.
Fold your rectangle in half hot-dog style and pin and sew along the raw edge to create a tube. Zoe had a great time helping me place the pins and feed it through the sewing machine.
Repeat this process to create a coordinating lining- since sequin fabric can be itchy and transparent.
Place the lining tube inside your sequin tube and pin around the edges to secure. Next, we get to stretch and pin the elastic waistband (be sure the gold part of your elastic is facing the sequins when you pin and sew it) to your fabric. Pull your fabric tight as it passes through your sewing machine and be sure you are catching all the layers all the way around.
have your little one try on the new sequin skirt and turn on some dance music! You my friend and done!
I hope you really liked this little tutorial. It’s quick and easy and even fun to make together. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve made with a child sitting on my lap- and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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