The measurements for this one is for a size 6 so you will want to make size adjustments for yours. Basically I just took the measurements from one of Moppets skirts for the length and circumference and since I wanted this one to be a little fuller I just added a few extra inches to the width.
For a size 6 skirt you will need:
2 pieces main skirt fabric 15 in. long x 40 in. wide (less if you don't want it as full)
In the contrasting fabric (apron, pocket, waistband and ties) you will need one piece 18 in. wide x 13
in. long for the main apron piece and one piece 18 in. wide x 9 in. long for the pocket. Waist band
piece is 32 in. long and 4 in. wide. For the tie I cut 2 pieces 30 in. x 4 1/2.
Ric rac trim long enough for the circumference of your skirt and 1 inch elastic to fit your child's waist.
The pieces for the tie in this photo are actually smaller that what I ended up using. I had planned on just hemming the edges of the ties and just use a single thickness since this gingham fabric is a little heavier than most but changed my mind so I cut 2 more pieces wide enough to fold over and a little longer.
first join the front to the back, I used 1/2 in seam allowance. Then gather the upper edge using whatever method you prefer. I use 2 rows of basting stitches between the seams. You will gather to fit the approx. 30 inches of the waist band but don't attach yet.
Now you are ready to work on the apron. Lay the smaller piece on top of the larger piece, both pieces right facing up.
Next fold the edges over 1/4 in. press and fold over another 1/4 in. press and stitch, creating mitered corners if you wish (I am just working on this but it was a little hard with this thickness and medium weight fabric).
Now gather the apron piece and pin to the skirt, centering as best you can then baste to the skirt and remove pins
now pin the waist band to the skirt, right sides together and sandwiching the apron in between. Start pinning at one of the side seams and leave about 1 1/2 inches at the end of the waist band (you'll see what I mean a couple of photos down)
I basted the waist band to the skirt first to make sure there weren't any tucks or folds caught up in the gathers especially since I had three layers where the apron is. Once it I made sure it all looked ok I stitched it with a regular stitch.
Now this is where you wanted to leave about an inch and a half so at the end you could fold the end over a 1/4 inch so you don't have a raw edge where you will be inserting the elastic. Now, when you get close to where you started stitching the waist band, flip that part up, fold the raw edge over a little and stitch to the end. You will then fold the other long edge under a half inch and press then fold the waist band in half and press
I hand stitched the other side of the waist band to the skirt. You could also machine stitch in the ditch, from the front side if you want but I prefer doing it this way, I just never seem to be able to make it look good on the inside otherwise and even though I'm the only one that sees it, it still drives me crazy. Now measure your little ones waist and cut a piece of 1 inch elastic 1 and 1/2 inches shorter than the waist measurement, run the elastic through the waist band at opening you left. Once you determine that the elastic is the right size, stitch it up then machine stitch the opening closed. This should be at the side seam and will be covered up when you attach the tie.
Ok, now it's time to make the tie/sash. Take your 30 inch piece, fold in half length wise stitching one end and the long edge together using 1/4 inch seam allowance. Trim corners, turn right side out and press then do it to the other tie.
Now fold edges in on the raw end and stitch as you will be attaching this to the skirt and you don't want a raw edge.
Sew the ties to the waist band, at each side seam and covering the stitching you made when closing the opening for the elastic. Since the tie was wider than the waist band, I made a little pleat in the tie.
I straight stitched a line up the center of the pocket section to divide the pocket in two and added a button at the top of the pocket to add some detail and reinforce the center seam.
Now to hem and attach the ric rac. I turned up the edge once and stitched then I sewed the ric rac to the outside of the skirt just above the hem, then turned and hemmed again so half of the ric rac is below the hem like this
one line of stitching from attaching it to the front, the other line after it was turned and hemmed.
And her it is!
My model decided she had to wear her (faux) fur scarf. It is a removable trim piece from one of my coats and she loves to use it for dress up. I think it adds to the retro look of her ensemble!
It's a little big on her now but she will grow into it soon enough.
There you have it....The Waitress Skirt!