I had other projects in mind for this post but Ansley requested a "dress that drags on the floor." We compromised with a skirt- she still gets the length and it's easier for self dressing. She picked this pink interlock knit from my stash (originally from JoAnn). I wanted an A line b/c the maxi skirts I had growing up (were they even called that then?) were basically like a long rectangle and I could only take tiny steps. Apparently I have a large stride. Anyway, the skirt is only two pieces- a front and back. I probably should've accounted for the toddler belly but I'm not expecting this skirt will last forever since she hasn't had a growth spurt in a while.
Here's a sketch of how I made the pattern. Ansley just turned four and she's in the 45th percentile for weight and 50th for height. This pattern could probably be used with a cotton fabric but you might have to piece the fabrics together depending on the width of the fabric/age of wearer or use double the amount of fabric. I was able to use about 3/4 of a yard, with the front on one half of the fabric (from selvage to selvage) and the back on the other half.
Here's how to make your own A line maxi skirt: 1. make your pattern and cut out your fabric 2. right sides together sew the side seams 3. at the top, press under 1/4 inch and then 1/4 more than the height of the elastic you're using. 4. sew the casing, leaving an opening for the elastic 5. thread your elastic (I just stretched the elastic around Ansley's waist until it felt snug but not too tight and added a little bit extra seam allowance) through the casing and sew the casing shut. 6. On the bottom of the skirt, press the hem under 1/2 inch and then another 1/2 inch. I like to use knit stay tape to keep my hems from getting stretched out. My knit stay tape is 1/2 inch wide, so that's why I picked a one inch hem. If you're using a cotton non knit, you can definitely have a chunkier hem. I used 1.25 inch pajama elastic b/c it's softer and less stiff. After threading the elastic through the casing and sewing it shut, I stretched the elastic and sewed a row of stitches down the middle of the elastic to keep it from twisting. The finished product kind of looks like there are two casings with narrow elastics in them.
Enjoy your skirt!