I love the Taking Notes skirt from Sewing in No Man's Land (I had to make elastic waistbands for them to fit my youngest and me and just made the belt separate to tie on over the skirt), but I knew my oldest would protest the high waistband. And since she ended up looking like Eloise in her birthday jumper, I decided to make her a peasant dress instead, but it just seemed to need something more. So, I decided to elasticize the waist and add some ties in the back.
I cut 2 rectangles the width of the dress waist, sewed them together and turned them right side out. Then I top stitched, sewing ribbons for ties onto the ends.
I attatched the rectangle to the skirt along the top and bottom top stitching and 2 more line along the length that divided the rectangle into thirds, and cut 3 lengths of elastic that were a couple inches shorter than the rectangle.
I threaded the elastic through the casings, pulling to the disired gathering and pinning in place. I secured them by sewing over the side top stitching and trimming the ends of the elastic.
Then I dressed the girls up to go outside and model, but they thought it was time to play (see the girl standing on the picknick table?).
So, it was hard to get a good picture...all those distractions.
I think she's trying to look like Eloise too.
Amazingly enough, we managed to NOT get grass stains and dirt on our new frocks, so I won't have to wash them before Easter...which means they won't have to be ironed either (yeah)!!!