Liz and Elizabeth from Simple Simon & Company and Project Run & Play hold an event every July called “Skirting the Issue”. As a foster mom, this event holds very special meaning to me! Each year in the middle of the summer, people from all over the country, donate their time and talents to sew skirts, quilts, and pillowcases for children in foster care.
I’m sharing an updated pattern version of the Casual Straight Skirt tutorial that I wrote about 4 years ago for Riley Blake Designs’ Cutting Corners College. I would be thrilled for you to use it to sew for girls in foster care in your community. (Special thanks to the wonderful crew at Riley Blake Designs for allowing me to share the updated version of this tutorial here on my blog!)
This skirt is a really easy sew using cotton stretch (cotton/lycra) jersey. You could easily sew up a stack in an afternoon. The rolled edges of the jersey add some fun details. I’ve updated the pattern so that you can either measure the wearer to customize the fit of the skirt in any size or use the measurements that I’ve included to sew the skirt in US standard girls’ sizes from 5 to 14. You won’t need to print a pattern either way since the pattern pieces are all rectangles. Just measure and cut!
My preteen models were a little bit uncertain when I asked if I could sew skirts for them. (I haven’t done much sewing of clothing around here lately!) They went along with it, though, and when I was done, they really liked them! They’re so cute, and they’re comfortable. That’s a pretty perfect combination, right? Yay!!