Applique Skirt and Braces DIY


We are big fans of the clothing range Little Bird here at Little Button Diaries. So much so that we would happily buy the entire range every time a new season comes out. After I spotted this adorable skirt with braces in the latest collection, I decided I wanted to try to make my own variation in blue, to fit with my Little Button’s wardrobe.

For this project you will need:

  • Half a metre of lining fabric
  • Half a metre of cord fabric
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Elastic
  • Two buttons
  • Bondaweb
  • Scraps for fabric for appliqué

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  1. Begin by measuring your child’s waist. Next, measure from their waist down to their knees. Make a note of these measurements.

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  1. Cut your cord and lining fabric out into two rectangles. For the width of the fabric, use the waist measurement plus half the waist again. For the length of the material use the other measurement and add on three inches.

skirt with braces diy

  1. Next make the waistband. I tried a new type of waistband for me, one which has an elastic back panel and a flat front panel. This is made up of two tubes of fabric, one with elastic in, which are then sewn together. Cut two lengths of fabric that are 3 inches wide. For the length you need to cut it half the waist measurement of your child and add on five inches.

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4. Press both tubes wrong sides together and sew one along the long edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

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5. Next, cut your elastic. The measurement for this is the total length of the front panel plus an inch. Thread your elastic through the tube and gather the tube to fit the elastic. Sew in place at both ends with a zig zag stitch.

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6. Turn the raw edges of each of the tubes under and sew the two pieces together at each end by tucking the elastic piece inside the flat piece.

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7. To make the skirt, fold your cord material right sides together and sew in place with a half-inch seam allowance. Repeat with the lining fabric and press the seams out. Next, turn your cord material the right way out and tuck your lining fabric inside the cord material, making sure your side seams and the top of the skirt are aligned. Pin in place. Add gathering stitches along the top. Tia explains how to do this in this tutorial.

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8. Attach your waistband to the skirt. Pin the waistband onto the top of the skirt, right sides together to hide the raw edges, and sew in place. Use a straight stitch for the front panel and a zig-zag stitch for the elastic back section.

9. Try on and pin the hemline. I wanted my lining to show so I turned the hem up twice (to hide the edges) and sewed. To make the hem less bulky, I cut off the front material then turned the lining fabric over twice to conceal the edges.

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10. To make the braces, cut a length of cord material 3 inches wide. I cut one long piece of fabric and then cut that into the two braces. You want them to reach from the back of the skirt, cross over the shoulders and secure at the front.  Sew with a half-inch seam and press the seams out. Turn the braces the right way out and press flat. Using safety pins, pin to the front and back of skirt, crossing the braces over at the back.

11. Now it’s time to try it on your Little Button, and if necessary to adjust the length of the hem and braces.

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12. Once you are happy with the fit of the braces, sew in place using a zig zag stitch at the back and attach two buttons at the front.

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13. The finishing touch is to applique a design on the front corner of the skirt. For this, draw your design onto paper, pin onto your fabric and cut out. Iron Bondaweb onto the back of your fabric and press it onto your skirt. Finally sew in place using blanket stitch.

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I was really pleased with how the finished skirt came out. My Little Button test-drove it at the park along with a Zara shirt and it remained intact, with the braces on the shoulders. Result!

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applique skirt and braces tutorial

~ Laura xx ~

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