I'm sure you've heard the news by now...the Girl's Bundle UP pattern sale starts 1/23/15. For a preview of all the patterns and a complete bundle giveaway click here. Our reviewers have sewn every pattern in the bundle and we'll be sharing their reviews all week. First up, the Potato Chip Skirt by Tie Dye Diva sewn by Kari and Crystal.
- Sizes 12 months – 14 and an 18” doll size.
- The doll size is in a separate file, which I love. We don’t have an 18” doll yet but I know that day is coming so I like to be able to store those dolly files separate so I can find them all when we do have a doll.
- There is a materials list so you can easily determine exactly what you need before going to the store.
- The pattern has a body measurement chart and a finished measurement chart to help you with choosing your size.
- Only 12 pages to print that are super easy to assemble.
- Chart with measurements to cut the two rectangle pieces and elastic.
- Pattern pieces print with different colors for each size. I print in B&W and had no trouble determining which lines to cut
- Clear photographs for each step and easy to follow instructions.
- A quick easy sew!
- There are some really great tips throughout the pattern including some tips for sewing piping.
Hello Pattern Revolution fans! I’m Kari, from That’s-Sew-Kari and it’s my favorite time of year! It’s time to Bundle UP – eeks! 11 awesome designers with 11 brand-new patterns – the more you buy, the more you save!
First up, I sewed the “Potato Chip Skirt” by Tie Dye Diva. This is an adorable A-line skirt, perfect for bold prints or keep it simple with solids. You can line it, make it reversible, or use a heavier-weight fabric – the choice is yours! Of course, if its name holds true, you won’t stop at making just one ;)
If you've been following me at all, you know my girls LOVE skirts! Seriously, I think I made over 10 skirts this past fall between both of my girls. This is my first A-line skirt (out of woven) that I've made. I had recently scored some bold prints from friends destashing some of their hoard which were perfect for this project.
- Sizes 12m – girls 14
- 18” doll version included (bonus doll shirt!)
- 3 options: Unlined, Lined, Reversible
- Pocket pieces included
- Flat front, elastic back waistband
- Pattern pieces: 12 pages, nested pieces, prints in color
- Tutorial: Thorough, step-by-step instructions with clear, color photos
- Charts included: Sizing chart, Cutting chart for waistband pieces and elastic
- Pink Pin Tips throughout with helpful hints
My girls are both super slim compared to their height which put their waists in the 18m – 2 year range. I started with Miss 3’s skirt. My little girl LOVES lemonade and just received a lemonade stand from Santa so I had to make her a lemon skirt! I used “Juicy” by Alexander Henry fabrics Collection (2006) and paired it with a coordinating green/white polka from my stash.
And…. wouldn’t you know it, I screwed up. And it was completely my own fault and nothing to do with a faulty pattern. Take it from me, pay attention to the height portion of the sizing chart. I measured where I thought I wanted the skirt hem to hit, sewed it up, tried it on and as soon as she bent over to pick something up, went “ACK, that’s too short” – and NEEDED to add a ruffle [not included in the pattern]. Whoops, I am so sorry, Jen! Although…. it does coordinate wonderfully with her mama-made shirt! I guess I made a bit of lemonade, after all ;) And, of course, I won’t keep my recipe a secret! (Modification instructions can be found at the end of this post.)
For Miss 5’s skirt, I paid close attention to the height chart and made her size accordingly. As you can see, it’s a perfect fit. (I wish I had started with this skirt because I have 2 yards of this telephone fabric, but I only had ½ yard of the lemons.) Miss 5 is “5 going on 15” and LOVES to talk on the phone. She asked for a phone from Santa when she was TWO… haha. “This & That” Design #14287 by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman was perfect for her!
I may have squealed a bit when I saw there was a doll version included – both girls received new dolls from Santa and I knew they’d love to have matching sets for their dolls! I also loved that the doll pattern included a shirt – totally adorable and super quick to sew up.
As you can see, I couldn’t stop at making just one! I chose to make the lined versions of each because of the white backgrounds on the fabric made it hard for another fabric to not peek through. Overall, this skirt is nearly instant gratification. Even for the super slow seamstress that I am (I like to think it’s because I’m meticulous…LOL), I had these finished very quickly. The directions are great (especially when you actually read them), pockets are awesome and the included doll patterns are like getting free dip.
Thanks for reading and definitely add a “side of chips” to your Bundle!!!
Here’s how to add the ruffle*:
- Sew skirt about an inch shorter (no more than 1.5”) using the pattern instructions.
- Take two strips (2.75” tall) and cut them DOUBLE the width of your skirt. Note #1: If you want the seams on your ruffle to match the seams on your skirt, your back ruffle piece will be wider than your front piece. Note #2: If you want to use a traditional hem over a rolled hem, cut at 3.25” tall
- Sew the short ends of the strips together, forming a circle and finish raw edges.
- Hem the top and bottom of your ruffle. I chose rolled hem, but for a traditional hem, fold ¼” over twice, iron, and topstitch.
- Run a gathering stitch ½” from the top of your ruffle. Gather to the width of the bottom of your skirt. Pin it approximately ½” from the bottom of your skirt (that happened to be my hemline/topstitching). If you chose to match the side seams, line those up as well.
- Sew next to the gathering stitch (if your want to remove the gathering stitch easily). Remove the gathering stitch.
- Stand back and marvel at your handiwork.
*This ruffle was sewn onto a lined skirt using the “Reversible” hem instructions and pattern pieces
(Don’t ask – I made a few errors my first go around). If using the “Lined” hemming instructions and pattern pieces, do NOT forget to flip the lining out of the way. The ruffle is not recommended on a reversible skirt, unless you 1) double the height of the ruffle pieces and fold it in half height-wise after sewing into a circle (WST) 2) fabric matches both skirts and 3) sew top raw edges INTO the hem, not on top of either side. You will not hem the ruffle at all.