From age 7 to 77 (and even before and after!!)
The Bamboo skirt is quick and simple to make but it's the little details, like the shirred waist band and decorative stitched hems, that are adaptable to suit your fancy. And what's more the instructions given are for both child and adult so you can produce mother-daughter versions in a very short time.
What you'll need:
→ Fabric: the length will entirely depend on the length of skirt you want to make. We encourage you to first draw the pattern to easily measure the necessary length.
→ A spool of elastic thread.
→ Optional: paper to draw your pattern (large sheet of tracing paper, paper tablecloth...) You can, of course, trace out directly onto your fabric, just be careful to read the explanations carefully so as not to risk ruining it.
Recommended fabrics: the same as those for the version 2 of our Bambou trousers: light to mid-weight cotton, linen, double gauze.
The instructions are the same for all sizes, child or adult.
First of all, a couple of calculations to trace the pattern:
1. Begin by measuring your hips around the widest part and add 8 cm ease.
→ For my version, hips measurement = 100 cm.
100 + 8 = 108 cm
To get the width of fabric required we need to divide this measurement by 2: 108/2 = 54 cm
2. Next, measure the length that you want your skirt to be (take this roughly from the level of your navel). → You can make a mini, midi or maxi skirt, as you wish.
→ I 'd like mine to be about mid-thigh length so I've chosen 43 cm.
3. To get a straight skirt, you just need to add 1 cm seam allowance on each side edge and 7 mm for the hems at the top and bottom.
4. On your paper, draw a rectangle of the calculated width and length:
→ For my version, 54 cm wide and 43 cm long.
5. Cut two rectangles corresponding to the final dimensions from your fabric.
How to make the skirt:
6. Overcast all the edges of the rectangles with a zigzag stitch or with a serger.
7. Right sides together, pin and sew the two sides of the skirt. You will have created a tube. Press the seam allowances open.
8. Maintain the seam allowances at the top of the skirt open with stitches for about 9 cm (see the sketch at step 10).
9. To create the hems, fold inwards and press at 7 mm. (To better visualise where the raw edge should come to, you can mark all around the inside of the skirt at 1.4 cm from the edge).
10. Select your chosen decorative stitch and sew the hem at 5 mm from the folded edge.
The seam allowances on the inside top of your skirt should look like this:
(here, I finished the edge with a scallop stitch) →
11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 to create the hem of the skirt.
12. All that remains is to shirr the waistband of your skirt. Be careful to work on the top edge of the skirt – that is the side in which the seam allowances are held open with stitches.
For those who have already made the version 2 of our Bambou trousers, you will recognise the following instructions for creating the waistband.
Set up your sewing machine for shirring: Hand wind the bobbin with elastic sewing thread. Try not to over stretch the elastic but it should not be wound loosely. Regular thread is used through the needle and the stitch length is lengthened to 4. Make a test swatch of the stitches on off-cuts of your fabric and make notes of your machine settings.
13. Work with the right side of the fabric facing. Secure the beginning and end of the first row with a few backstitches.
Keep the fabric flat in front of the needle and avoid pulling the fabric from behind the presser foot.
Do not cut the threads when you arrive back at the beginning of the line of stitches!
14. Leave the needle at it's lowest position and pivot the fabric. Stitch for 1 cm and pivot the fabric again to align the presser foot with the last row of shirring to guide the next row. (It may be necessary to reset your needle position to the left, in which case, first raise the needle.) Secure the beginnings and ends of each row with a few backstitches.
15. Continue being guided by the last row of stitching to complete 7 rows of shirring. Pull the threads to the wrong side, tie off and trim the threads.
Side view of the skirt:
16. Carefully press your skirt but avoid the waistband which can be sensitive to direct heat.
BRAVO ! You have finished your skirt !!!