My daughter had a hand-me-down knit skirt that she loved, but I messed up with some laundry and it ended up with holes in it. When I lay the skirt flat, it was a square; so I thought it would be simple enough to recreate. I thought I'd share with you how I made my version; I'm calling it a semi tutorial as my instructions are probably not very clear. Also, because the skirt didn't really turn out quite right; so I guess this is more a documentation of how I made my version of a square of handkerchief skirt.
My daughter is 7 and is wearing size 7s, and these measurements were for her.
I started by cutting two rectangles out of some scrap knit, my short ends are 13 inches and the longer is 26. My next one will be bigger - you'll see at the bottom of this post how it looks on my daughter, and I think I would have liked it longer.
I folded the rectangle in half to make a square, and then I cut a quarter circle out of the corner, so that when you open up the rectangle, it will be a semi circle in the middle of the fabric, as seen below two photos below. I just eye-balled it and went in 3 inches on each side.
I then sewed my two rectangles together.
Now came the waistband. I decided I wanted to try a yoga type waistband so I wouldn't have to use elastic. I cut another rectangle 24 inches by 14 inches. I came up with this measurement by wrapping the fabric around my daughter for the length. The height was 14" because that's all of the material I had left :) I sewed a seam along the short ends making a tube.
I then folded the tube wrong sides together like so:
Considering I didn't really measure anything, I was just cutting if it looked right. Can you believe that the waist band fit the hole exactly? I couldn't! I fully expected to have to gather or stretch the skirt to fit the waist band. In fact, as I was pinning and saw it was perfect I started singing out loud, "Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles ...."
Anyway, I sewed the band to the skirt, right sides together. Since I doubled the tube over, it finished the top
We tried it on and you can tell straight from the redhead's face .... she didn't like it at all! I told you above that I figured out the waist by wrapping the material around her middle. I really thought that with the seam allowance that it would be okay. Now I know that I should have taken an inch off so it would be snug. As they say, hindsight's 20/20; or as my dear sweet mother would say, hindsight's titty titty. To this day, I don't know what that means, I'm pretty sure it was a joke she heard.
Above is with the waist band folded down. Below is with it unfolded and she's showing how big I made it. I do believe she is sucking in her belly just to prove a point that I messed up.
I never did finish the hem, since it's a knit I really don't have to. But really, what's the point if the kid isn't going to wear it, right?