Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tutorial Review: Pint-Sized Party Skirt

A couple days ago I showed you this skirt which I made using the Pint Sized Party Skirt tutorial from Creative Spaces:

The skirt is the child-sized version of the party skirt that I made awhile back.

(If you didn't notice, I had enough scrap fabric from my own skirt to make the one for my niece.)

Genevieve over at Creative Spaces (who has been super sweet every time I've talked with her!) made a couple of changes to the pint-sized party skirt to make it toddler friendly.  The main differences (aside from the size, obviously) are the elastic in the waist, which can slide easily over a diaper butt and expand with growth...

...and the sash.  On the adult version, the sash is detachable, but on the pint-sized party skirt is sewn down to help it stay in place when your toddler is busy toddling around.

So now that you know what we're dealing with, let's get on to the review!  Join me after the jump to get the run down. :)
Accuracy: 10
Clarity of Directions: 9
Helpfulness of Pictures: 9
Difficulty: 6
Overall Rating:9
Time: ~1.5 to 2 hours

 This sewing project is maybe a little more advanced, but still not terribly difficult.  It's a nice project for an intermediate sewer, and Genevieve's down-to-earth directions are very helpful.  I especially liked how she breaks down the math for cutting your fabric.  For some reason her explanations for cutting the fabric always more sense to me than other tutorials do.

I did run into a little confusion with the written directions on the waistband.  Part of that may have been me reading it too fast, but I serged the wrong edges (not a big deal) and I also was a little fuzzy on how to insert the elastic.  However, the pictures were immensely helpful for clearing up this problem. :)

I had the opposite trouble when it came time to sew lines down the waistband.  Lol!  I had a little trouble using the picture to tell how I was supposed to be sewing the lines.  Referring back to the written directions helped me figure that out in about 2 seconds though.  I guess I was a little impatient reading the tutorial that day. :)

The consensus?  There's nothing wrong with the tutorial if you take the time to read it.  In most cases I suggest reading the tutorial once through before starting on your project.  I usually do that but didn't when I sewed this skirt, which is probably why I had a little trouble.

The only other comment I have to make about this tutorial is the sizing.  Mine was supposed to be a 2T but ended up a 3T.  That ended up okay because I have a niece who wears a 3T, too, but if I make this skirt again I'll probably cut the fabric only 2 times the waist measurement instead of 2 1/2.

All-in-all I think it's an excellent tutorial and I recommend it to intermediate-level sewers.  I think a pint-sized party skirt and an adult party skirt in coordinating fabrics would make a wonderful gift for a sister or friend with a daughter.  I might do that for someone I know.  :)  And now that you know what to look out for, you can get to sewing your own, too!

Happy sewing!


1 comment:

  1. thanks! the skirt turned out adorable and i love the fun splash of color in the sash!!


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