Materials needed: fabric, 2-3 inch wide elastic and straight pins.
Now measure your child, Hattie has a 20 inch waist and I wanted the skirt to be about 13 inches long.
I cut a 19.5 inch piece of elastic and an 11 inch piece of fabric. You want the skirt width to be at least 2x’s the width of the waist. Hattie has a 20 inch waist, so I cut the fabric 11 inches by 40 inches.
Fold your fabric in half length wise and sew a french seam.
Then, iron the bottom hem by first pressing 1/4 inch,
then 1/2 inch.
Then sew a 1/2 inch hem.
Sew your elastic. You will not want to use white thread if you are using black elastic, I used white thread so you could see the stitch. Just stitch the edges together,
With right sides of fabric and eleastic together, pin the skirt to the elastic. I start by sectioning off with pins, 4 equal sections.
Sectioning each of those sections off,
I know! That a lot of pins, but it is so much easier than stretching the elastic and hoping that you get an even ruffle around the skirt.
Sew the seam with a 1/4 inch straight stitch , then zigzag the edge. The zigzag stitch is another good substitution for a serger, admittedly it does take longer than a serger, but works just as well.
Can you believe how easy that was?