Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Batgirl! Twirler skirt!

Y'all may recall several months ago that I had a chance to do some sewing for my sweet three year old niece. This particular niece happens to be in love with all things Batman and when I saw this shirt at zulily I had to get it for her.
But it seemed so lonely. It obviously needed a Batgirl appropriate skirt.
I know, right?! I totally need one in my size. I used black poly/rayon gabardine for the skirt and a lightweight voile for the applique. I'm totally thrilled I had a perfect color match in my stash!!
The skirt itself is pretty basic. I didn't use a pattern. It's just a rectangle. I based the width on the size of the applique and gathered the waistline with elastic. I really like to add a line of stitching through the elastic in a casing. I think it has a more professional look, and it prevents the elastic from twisting as well.
The applique is just an image I traced off the internet and affixed to the skirt with Heat and Bond. I went around the edges to finish with a narrow zigzag stitch, since the voile is prone to fraying. Those corners are tricky, particularly the ears. To give it a smoother look, I narrowed the width of the zigzag as I approached the point. Someday, I'm going to get an embroidery machine, but until then, I think this works pretty well.

10 comments:

  1. Holy fuchsia shadows! This is awesome.

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  2. Oh wow! So much work, but the end result is amazing! She's going to LOVE this!!

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  3. Batgirl, save me! POW!
    Ok now i'm done. What a nice Aunt you are cause she's gonna love that.

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  4. This is fabulous! Great job on the appliquéing!

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  5. Lucky girl, lucky girl!! This outfit is awesome!

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  6. So sew cute. I will say though that you might not be happy with just an embroidery machine because you want to do your own thing and to do that you would need an embroidery design software package, too. It's just something to think about when you start looking.

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  7. That is SO adorable!!!!

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