Sunday, April 01, 2012

BiG Pocket Sweater Skirt for Kids!

I made myself one of these a few weeks back and love it, so thought the littlest Crafty Kid needed one too.

They are very quick and easy to whip up, using the Crafty Mamas A Line skirt tute.
The yoga style waistband is very comfy for kids, and most seem to wear them pushed under their tummies.

So grab your   sweater style knit, and get started!

1. Following the Crafty Mamas A Line skirt tute, cut out your front and back pieces.
This skirt is knee length, but you do whatever length you wish.

2. To make sure we put our pockets on straight, find the centre front line of your skirt front, and draw down with chalk.

 3. I like the BiG Pockets to start at the top of the skirt, and run down 2/3s of the length.
So measure down 2/3's of the way and mark on each side. This is your bottom placement line for your pockets.

4.  I like there to be a 5cm gap between both pockets, so place your ruler on your CENTER chalk line at 2.5cm, then mark out 2.5cm to the left and right of this line. This is now our side placement line for BiG pockets.

5. Also make these marks 1cm down from the top of your skirt. See..smiley!
NOTE: In this skirt I am enclosing the top of the pocket in the sewing of the waistband, and the sides of the pockets in the side seam of skirt. In the adult, they were patched on. You do whatever you prefer!!

6. Now grab your kid..and measure their hand from little finger across to under their thumb...make note of this. ( no good making pockets they can't get their hand in.!)

7. Now lets create our pocket. Measure in 5cm from side of your skirt front, at the top. Mark.

8.  Do the same on the right hand side.

9.  Now measure down how far you want your opending to span, I've gone down 10cm to Lil's hand.

 10. , To draw in the opening curve of your pocket, grab a french curve or something similar ( I got this at the op's a pants drafting tool I think) and draw in your curve .

11.  Now grab your trusty chalk and create the rest of your pocket!  You can see mine extends to the side seam and into the waistband, but you do your thing! So now we have our pocket drawn out to size...

12 ..add a piece of tracing paper on top and trace it off. Now we have our pocket pattern piece, so cut x 2 from your fabric.

13. Using the chalk placement lines you drew,pin your BiG pockets in place.

14. Attaching your BiG pockets. Leaving about a 1/2cm seam allowance, pockets are topstitched on- leaving raw seam as is.

If you are going to enclose your side and top pockets in skirt side seam and waistband, only sew the YELLOW edges of pocket down.

If you are going for complete patched on pockets follow the RED. You will sew on all edges apart from the hand opening ( duh...or your kid will not be able to get their hand in!).

15. From here on in, it's plain sailing. Simply sew up your skirt as per the Crafty Mamas tute. Sew your sides together, then apply your waistband.
Note;   For a child, I like to make the yoga band about 15cm deep instead of 20cm.

Note; being a sweater style knit, the edges curl up nicely when left raw. So you don't need to hem the bottom- we prefer the grungey look.( but hem if you feel the need). If leaving raw like us- to ensure your side seams stay stitched, I always grab the thread tails, fold them back on the seam and stitch down.

These Sweater skirts are so lovely and snuggly, we love them! Would be great in STELLA or French Lycra Terrry, too!

Check out our range of knits at Crafty Mamas, pretty awesome!


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