Free sewing tutorial and pattern girls skirt





















I made this skirt for my daughter. I made the same skirt earlier out of jersey. Because you sew a skirt out of jersey slightly different as a skirt out of cotton, I made a new tutorial for this skirt. Sizes range from newborn to 10Y.

Materials:
* Cotton fabric (skirt)
   75 cm x 35 cm (30 in x 14 in) (3 - 6 months)
   80 cm x 35 cm (32 in x 14 in) (9 months)
   80 cm x 40 cm (32 in x 16 in) (12 months)
   85 cm x 40 cm (44 in x 16 in) (18 months)
   90 cm x 40 cm (36 in x 16 in) (24 months/ 2T)
   100 cm x 45 cm (40 in x 18 in) (3T/ 4Y)
   105 cm x 50 cm (42 in x 20 in) (5Y)
   110 cm x 50 cm (44 in x 20 in) (6Y)
   115 cm x 50 cm (46 in x 20 in) (7Y)
   115 cm x 55 cm (46 in x 22 in) (8Y)
   120 cm x 55 cm (48 in x 22 in) (9Y)
   125 cm x 60 cm (50 in x 24 in) (10Y
* Elastic waistband
  - 1 cm (0.4 in) wide (size 3 months - 12 months)
  - 2 cm (0.8 in) wide (size 18 months - 6Y)
  - 3 cm (1.2 in) wide (size 7Y - 10 Y)

Instructions:
Download the free sewing pattern from the list below.  Set your printer settings to A4 paper.

(size 56) (EU 0 - 2 months) (US 3 months
(size 62) (EU. 2 - 4 months) (US 6 months)
(size 68) (EU 4 - 6 months) (US 9 months)
(size 74) (EU 6 - 9 months) (US 12 months)
(size 80) (EU 9 - 12 months) (US 18 months)
(size 86) (EU 1 - 1 1/2 years) (US 24 months)
(size 92) (EU 2 years) (US 2T)
(size 98) (EU 3 years) (US 3T)
(size 104) (EU 4 years) (US 4Y)
(size 110) (EU 5 years) (US 5Y)
(size 116) (EU 6 years) (US 6Y)
(size 122) (EU 7 years) (US 7Y)
(size 128) (EU 8 years) (US 8Y)
(size 134) (EU 9 years) (US 9Y)
(size 140) (EU 10 years) (US 10Y)

Double-click images to enlarge.

Step 1: Draw the pattern.




















Draw the pattern with an aqua trickmarker on the back of the fabric. The pattern is without seam allowance. Ad 1 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance.  Ad 2 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance at the bottom of the skirt.


Step 2: Cut the fabric.




















Cut a front piece, a back piece and a waistband out of the fabric.

Step 3: Sew the sides of the skirt.















With right sides facing pin down the back and front piece. Sew the sides of the skirt. Serge the seams.

Step 4: Fold the seam allowance to the inside.














Fold the seam allowance of the bottom of the dress to the inside and pin down.

Step 5: Sew the hem in place.















Turn right-side out. Sew the hem in place. Use a a twin needle.

Step 6: Waistband.









With right sides facing, fold the waistband in half. Sew together. Trim.

Step 7: Pin waistband down.















Turn skirt and waistband inside out. Pin down waistband and skirt.

Step 8: Sew waistband.















Sew together.

Step 9: Fold seam allowance to the inside.














Fold the seam allowance of the waistband tot the inside and pin down.


Step 10: Fold the elastic waistband in half.





With right sides facing, fold the elastic waistband in half. Sew together.


Step 11: Sew waistband.
















Turn right-side out. Fold the waistband over the elastic waistband. Fold the seam allowance of the waistband to the inside and pin down. Sew together. 

© small dreamfactory
not intended for commercial use

Free sewing tutorial and pattern girls skirt
























I made this skirt for my daughter. Sizes range from newborn to 10Y. For the fabric design I used Rijksstudio. The design will be taken into production by Alles für Selbermacher and will be available in the fabric shops soon!

Materials:
* Jersey - Cherry Blossom Blue (skirt)
   75 cm x 35 cm (30 in x 14 in) (3 - 6 months)
   80 cm x 35 cm (32 in x 14 in) (9 months)
   80 cm x 40 cm (32 in x 16 in) (12 months)
   85 cm x 40 cm (44 in x 16 in) (18 months)
   90 cm x 40 cm (36 in x 16 in) (24 months/ 2T)
   100 cm x 45 cm (40 in x 18 in) (3T/ 4Y)
   105 cm x 50 cm (42 in x 20 in) (5Y)
   110 cm x 50 cm (44 in x 20 in) (6Y)
   115 cm x 50 cm (46 in x 20 in) (7Y)
   115 cm x 55 cm (46 in x 22 in) (8Y)
   120 cm x 55 cm (48 in x 22 in) (9Y)
   125 cm x 60 cm (50 in x 24 in) (10Y
* Elastic waistband
  - 1 cm (0.4 in) wide (size 3 months - 12 months)
  - 2 cm (0.8 in) wide (size 18 months - 6Y)
  - 3 cm (1.2 in) wide (size 7Y - 10 Y)

Instructions:
Download the free sewing pattern from the list below.  Set your printer settings to A4 paper.

(size 56) (EU 0 - 2 months) (US 3 months
(size 62) (EU. 2 - 4 months) (US 6 months)
(size 68) (EU 4 - 6 months) (US 9 months)
(size 74) (EU 6 - 9 months) (US 12 months)
(size 80) (EU 9 - 12 months) (US 18 months)
(size 86) (EU 1 - 1 1/2 years) (US 24 months)
(size 92) (EU 2 years) (US 2T)
(size 98) (EU 3 years) (US 3T)
(size 104) (EU 4 years) (US 4Y)
(size 110) (EU 5 years) (US 5Y)
(size 116) (EU 6 years) (US 6Y)
(size 122) (EU 7 years) (US 7Y)
(size 128) (EU 8 years) (US 8Y)
(size 134) (EU 9 years) (US 9Y)
(size 140) (EU 10 years) (US 10Y)

If you want to make this skirt out of cotton follow this tutorial.

When working with knits, it is important not to stretch or pull the fabric while sewing. Also use a stretch needle and a stretch stitch. In this pattern all seams are sewed with a twin needle.

Double-click images to enlarge.

Step 1: Draw the pattern.













Draw the pattern with an aqua trickmarker on the back of the fabric. The pattern is without seam allowance. Ad 1 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance.  Ad 2 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance at the bottom of the skirt.

Step 2: Cut the fabric.












Cut a front piece, a back piece and a waistband out of the fabric.

Step 3: Sew the sides of the skirt.

















With right sides facing pin down the back and front piece. Sew the sides of the skirt.

Step 4: Fold the seam allowance to the inside.















Fold the seam allowance of the bottom of the dress to the inside and pin down.

Step 5: Sew the hem in place.
















Turn right-side out. Sew the hem in place.

Step 6: Waistband.









With right sides facing, fold the waistband in half. Sew together. Trim.

Step 7: Pin waistband down.
















Turn skirt and waistband inside out. Pin down waistband and skirt.

Step 8: Sew waistband.
















Sew together.

Step 9: Fold seam allowance to the inside.
















Fold the seam allowance of the waistband tot the inside and pin down.


Step 10: Fold the elastic waistband in half.





With right sides facing, fold the elastic waistband in half. Sew together.


Step 11: Sew waistband.


















Turn right-side out. Fold the waistband over the elastic waistband. Fold the seam allowance of the waistband to the inside and pin down. Sew together. 

© small dreamfactory
not intended for commercial use

Free sewing pattern and tutorial Women's swimsuit



I made this swimsuit for myself. I'm quite happy with how it turned out. The fabric is my own design. The fabric is for sale in my spoonflower shop. Please note; spoonflower does not print on swimsuit fabric.

Materials:
* Swimsuit fabric (swimsuit)
* Swimsuit lining fabric in black or white (lining)

Instructions:
Download the free sewing pattern in size Small (A cup). Set your printer settings to A4 paper.

When working with knits, it is important not to stretch or pull the fabric while sewing. Also use a stretch needle and a stretch stitch. In this pattern (nearly) all seams are sewed with a twin needle.

Double-click images to enlarge.

Step 1: Draw the pattern.
Draw the back and front piece with an aqua trickmarker on the back of the swimsuit fabric. The pattern is without seam allowance. Ad 1 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance.

Draw a front piece on the back of the swimsuit lining fabric. Ad 1 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance. Draw the neckline, armholes and the leg holes without seam allowance. 

Step 2: Cut the fabric.
Cut a front piece (2x) and a back piece out of both fabrics.


Step 3: Place the back piece on top of the front piece.
Place the front piece right-side up on your work surface. Place the back piece right-side down on top.

Step 4: Sew the bottom of the swimsuit.
Place the swimsuit lining on top. Pin down. Sew together. Trim.


Step 5: Sew the sides of the swimsuit and the shoulder seams.
Fold the swimsuit lining to the front. With right sides facing pin down the back and both front pieces. Sew the sides of the swimsuit and the shoulder seams. Trim

Step 6: Fold the seam allowance to the inside.
Fold the seam allowance of the leg holes to the inside and pin down.

Step 7: Sew leg holes.
Turn the swimsuit right side out. Sew leg holes about 1 cm (0.4 in) from the outer edge. Trim.
Step 8: Fold seam allowance to the inside.
Fold seam allowance of the neckline and the armholes to the inside and pin down.

Step 9: Sew.
Sew.

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not intended for commercial use

How to design your own fabric


























In this tutorial I will explain how to convert a photo to a pattern, by using the open source software Gimp (Photoshop) and Inkscape (Illustrator).

Step 1: Choose a picture.


































Choose a picture.

Step 2: Cut out your object with the Lasso Tool.



























Open your image in Gimp (Photoshop). Change the transparency of the layer (Layer → Transparency → Add Alpha Channel). Select the Lasso tool from the toolbox. Cut out your object with the Lasso Tool. Save the image as an PNG file. PNG files support transparency.

Step 3: Import in Inkscape


























Import the PNG file in Inkscape (File Import). Create a transparent square. Select both the square and the object and convert to a pattern (Object Pattern Objects to Pattern)

Step 4: Choose the Node Tool from the toolbox.

























Duplicate the pattern (Edit Duplicate) and choose the Node Tool from the toolbox. In the upper right corner of your pattern a small square with a cross inside will appear .

Step 5: Have a look at the different options.


























Click and drag the square with the mouse cursor. In this way the pattern can be shifted in the field. The great thing about this tool is that you can drag the pattern to a new position. And although the pattern is now cut by the edges of your square, you're still creating a seamless repeating pattern. 

Step 6: Shift the pattern into a new position.


























Shift the pattern into a new position by using the Node tool.
Step 7: Send to the back.


























Select the pattern. Send to the back (Object Lower to bottom).

Step 8: Repeat steps 4, 5, 6 and 7.


























To make this pattern, I duplicated and shifted the pattern three times. I used all four options, shown in step five, to make this pattern. 

Select all layers and convert to pattern. (Object Pattern Objects to Pattern)

Step 10: Create square.




















Create a square with the same dimensions as the fabric of your choice. First create a square. Select the square. Enter the W(ith) and H(ight) in the menu above. You can choose to enter the with and hight in cm or in. Select the square and open the Fill and Stroke Menu (Shift+Ctrl+F). Choose Pattern and choose the new pattern you just created.

Step 11: Export bitmap.





















In this example I added a square with a matching colour to use as a neckband. Select both squares. Export the image to PNG with resolution 180 dpi (FileExport Bitmap). To reduce the size of the file, open the PNG file in Gimp and save as a JPG file.

Step 12: Print the fabric.
Print the fabric and use it for one of your projects.

This fabric design is for sale in my spoonflower shop. Please note; spoonflower does not print on swimsuit fabric.

© small dreamfactory
not intended for commercial use

Free sewing tutorial toddler swimsuit




I designed this swimsuit for my daughter. The fabric is my own design. The fabric design is for sale in my spoonflower shop. Please note; spoonflower does not print on swimsuit fabric.

Materials:
* Swimsuit fabric (swimsuit)

Instructions:
Download the free sewing pattern from the list below. Set your printer settings to A4 paper.

(size 104) (EU 4 years) (US 4T)

When working with knits, it is important not to stretch or pull the fabric while sewing. Also use a stretch needle and a stretch stitch. In this pattern (nearly) all seams are sewed with a twin needle.

Double-click images to enlarge.

Step 1: Draw the pattern.


















Draw the pattern with an aqua trickmarker on the back of the fabric. The pattern is without seam allowance. Ad 1 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance. Ad 2 cm (0,8 in) seam allowance to the upper part of the bottom piece. Draw the sides of one bottom piece without seam allowance.

Step 2: Cut the fabric.


















Cut a front piece, a back piece and a bottom piece out of the fabric.

Step 3: Bottom piece











Fold the 2 cm (0,8 in) seam allowance to the inside and pin down. Sew 1,5 cm (0,6 in) from the outer edge. Trim.

Step 4: Sew bottom swimsuit.
With right sides facing pin down the back and front piece. Place the bottom piece right-side down on top. Sew. (Use a single needle) 

Step 5: Sew the sides of the swimsuit and the shoulder seams.
With right sides facing pin down the back and front piece. Sew the sides of the swimsuit and the shoulder seams. Trim.

Step 6: Fold the seam allowance to the inside.
Fold the seam allowance of the leg holes to the inside and pin down.
Step 7: Sew leg holes.
Turn the swimsuit right side out. Sew leg holes about 1 cm (0.4 in) from the outer edge. Trim.

Step 8: Fold seam allowance to the inside.
Fold seam allowance of the neckline and the armholes to the inside and pin down.

Step 9: Sew.
Sew.


© small dreamfactory
not intended for commercial use