Mathilda has been doing a fair bit of growing this year and will need a lot of new clothes for summer. As she is such an active girl I’m looking at skirts with shirts or leggings attached. I have several patterns to try, the first is this one, the Rosey Rhumba Skirt by Lily Giggle.
I have a small hoard of t-shirts that are, for one reason or another, set aside to be upcycled into something better. I used a few pieces from that pile, plus some offcuts of yardage leftover from other projects.
This pattern is perfect for both recycling and using up fabric scraps.
I bought this pattern as part of a bundle last year, which was 30 patterns for $30, and it may not be currently available.
I made a size 7, based on Mathilda’s height, this should give a little growing room, which would hopefully last her until the end of summer.
I cut the skirt from a t-shirt, so I used the original hem, which saved a bit of time and effort. I also cut the leggings in the same way.
The skirt is a basic a-line shape, and the pattern piece for the leggings is also a standard shape. But the pattern pieces for the ruffles are really clever. They are a kind of “C” shape, which gives nice full ruffles, without adding bulk.
The smaller, inner edge is attached to the skirt. I used a variety of fabrics with different patterns for the ruffles. The pattern gives two options for the ruffles, with three sizes for each option. I used the 4″ size.
The ruffles are attached, quite simply, round and round. I didn’t hem or finish the edges of the ruffles, because these are all knit fabrics, they won’t fray.
After finishing all the ruffles I had cut, I needed to cut some more. The pattern doesn’t give any estimate of how many ruffles you’ll need. I ended up with this:
After following the pattern instructions up to this point, I now deviated, and decided to join the leggings to the skirt before adding the waistband. This was easy enough to do, by pinning at each side, centre front and centre back, then stretching the leggings as I went.
I then attached the waistband as per the instructions, adding a small piece of pink ribbon to the centre back, so that Mathilda will be able to put these on by herself.
This was super easy to sew, it only took about 2 hours from start to finish, including almost constant interruptions from all three of my kids.
The instructions were clear, making the cutting out and construction quite straight forward. The pattern pieces all fit together perfectly too.
The clever shape of the ruffle pattern piece made this come together so quick with no gathering required! I have seen this done before, but never tried it myself.
I would definitely make this skirt again, but unfortunately the rise at the back of the leggings is not high enough for Mathilda, so I will need to add about 2-3 inches more height to the waistband to make this wearable. Also, I cut the leggings at the cropped length, but they still ended up being full length.
However, Mathilda loves it and once I fix it you, it will get lots of wear.
Thanks for reading.