Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DIY Wednesday - Loopy Skirt


Have you survived the middle of the week so far?  We had rain and power outages last night!  I have a DIY post for you today... a Joyfolie original.  I was thinking about the tutu, and how it's a really easy skirt to make.  However, the tutu is fluffy and frilly.  That can be good in its own right, but I had something a little more modern in my mind's eye, so I came but with this:Photobucket

Mia and I call it the loopy skirt.  It is really easy, fairly quick, and involves minimal sewing.  You will, however, need a sewing machine.  So, getting started, here is what you need:

2 t-shirts
spool of wide ribbon
matching thread

sewing machine
fabric scissors

Let's talk materials.  For the t-shirt, pick something medium weight, not too heavy and not too thin.  I would avoid something with a lycra blend, as it will be harder to sew.   You want the shirt to be approximately 18" across the width.  A number of t-shirts fit that size: girls L, boys M, womens M.  This measurement of 18" is very forgiving, as you can just make your shorter tier of loops a little longer or shorter.  You will need 2 shirts to make one skirt.  Once you have your shirts, cut them into 1" strips that are roughly 18" long like this {although a little more even than my illustration...sorry!}:
All together, I used 20 strips to make Mia's skirt.  She is 4 years old, but little for her age, so you will need a little more or less depending on size.

Next, you will need your ribbon.  Wrap it around the waist of whoever you are making the skirt for, and cut enough to wrap around the waist and tie in a bow.  On my daughter, Mia that was 52".  Now, mark the part of the ribbon that wraps around her waist {excluding the bow} and mark with pins or a fabric pen.  For Mia, that was 23".

Next, fold each loop in half, with one side slightly shorter and place it on marked part of the ribbon, overlapping each new loop, like this:

Here are all the loops read to be pinned.  {Note the arm of my helper.}

Next, pin each loop like the picture below.  If you pin this way, you can sew over your pins, which will make it a lot easier!

For the final step, which I do not have pictured, sew your loops onto the skirt along the top and bottom of the ribbon.  I found it was easiest to do this ribbon side up, not removing the pins until after I was done sewing.

The result is a fun little twirl skirt:

Mia really likes hers {although I confess, she made me remake one in pink, too!}  I will add, though, that you will want her to wear leggings, shorts or even another skirt underneath, since the skirt is only tied on and the loops can separate a little depending how she sits or plays in it.

This particular color pairing is perfect with our new shoes, coming out next week!  The pattern is a Shakespeare quote that reads: "and though she be but little she is fierce."  So fitting for my little girl!Photobucket

It is pouring down rain here and dark as night, but as soon as the weather clears, I will post photos of the shoes and skirt worn together!  Happy sewing!!

*** Update***
Here is a photo of the skirt worn... For more photos click here.


Anonymous said...


I don't think I have been creatively inspired by anyone else on this earth the way I am inspired by you. Your creativity NEVER ceases to amaze me. It's been such a blessing to watch your business grow.

Again...I am so inspired. Thank you so much for sharing all of your success and so many of your great ideas and DIY's on Facebook. It makes a day at the office go by a little quicker ;)

cestMoi Sandy said...

I am totally in reusing t-shirts lately...
Very cool idea.

Thank you so much Jessica!
Hope the weather will get better soon.

Anonymous said...

Love this! Going to make it for my daughter for Valentines. How did you do the two heights/tiers? Doesn't explain that in the tutorial. Thank you!!

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

So, so sweet!

Jessica Haley said...

To anon, you take one loop and fold it roughly in half, making on end a little shorter than the other :)

Jessica Haley said...

oops. making *one* end shorter than the other

Erin E said...

Gorgeous! Love the idea and love those shoes too!

Brittney said...

Love the skirt, Love the shoes, Love everything about your blog! I read every post, and I am here to confess that I have a blog crush on you :) I linked up over at telling everyone how much I love you!

Rosa said...

Complimenti per il progetto mini gonna sopratutto per la tua fantastica bimba!
I tuoi post sono sempre molto entusiasmanti!

Jessica said...

Aw, thanks, Brtittney! You should come to the Makerie and we can hang out! Thanks for the link <3

Prudent Baby said...

Hello Jessica,

We love this Loopy Skirt post. Would you be interested in posting it as a guest tutorial on Prudent Baby? Take care, Colleen

tutu dresses for women said...

Gorgeous! Love those shoes!

mibebekoala said...

Hello Jessica!
I really liked your loopy skirt! Great idea. I hope I can sew one for my little princess any time soon.
I'll tell you if I do!


gypsystarpartyproductions said...

Oh my! This is sooooo sooooo cute and original!! I Must make my girls a few! Thanks for the tutorial :-)

sara stefanini said...

I like so much!!!! Very very cute!!!
Sara from


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