A Bubble Skirt Tutorial

Or maybe the title of this post should be “how the Vintagely Modern Skirt became a Bubble Skirt.”

For this skirt I took The Vintagely Modern Skirt tutorial and made it a bubble skirt (or you can use any fuller skirt pattern, for that matter).
Here’s what you need:
*your skirt material (I used about 1 1/4 yards of Kona cotton in “Butter Yellow” for a girls size 6)
*your skirt lining material (I used just about a half yard)
*matching thread
*button (or elastic if you want an elastic waistband)
And here’s how you do it:
Take your waist measurement.
Take your skirt length measurement.
And you are ready to begin.
Flip the gathers to the inside of the skirt.
I like to use a fitted waistband and button closure exactly like I did in The Vintage Modern Skirt (I needed a better name for that skirt. Oh well.)  But, if you have a littler girl (or a toddler) you may not want a fitted waist….so just make a casing in your waistband (only sew on the bottom of the waistband to the skirts….and then put a casing in the top).  And you are done!
I love how full and cute this skirt is on—-it’s even better in real life.  Too bad my big school girl wasn’t home to model….it is DARLING on!
Any fun projects this week?
I am busy working on a muslin.  For. Myself.
Shocking….I know.

26 thoughts on “A Bubble Skirt Tutorial

  1. Great tutorial! I love this skirt! I just made my monkey a really full skirt, similar to your vintage modern skirt, now I want to do it again but make it a bubble skirt!! If you are looking for different colored wide elastic you can find some great deals on etsy!

  2. Super cute skirt. I love bubble skirts. I really like the waistband, I typically do a shirred waist. For the hem I do one row of elastic thread so you don’t have to do all that gathering. Once you iron it, it gathers all on it’s own and it allows a little give in the hem around the thIghs where it hits. I’m really going to do the waistband that way from now on though.

  3. Beautiful and inspiring me to make one. Quick question. Since this is lined, do you sew up the side seams separately (inner and outer fabric)? I can’t figure that out.

  4. Nicole,

    You are going to sew up the skirt in the very last step. Turn the skirt right sides together. Sew up the sides with a 1/2 inch seam, leaving a 4 inch opening at the top–then refer back to the vintagely modern skirt to show the button hole part.

    Hope that helps!

  5. Nicole,

    You are going to sew up the skirt in the very last step. Turn the skirt right sides together. Sew up the sides with a 1/2 inch seam, leaving a 4 inch opening at the top–then refer back to the vintagely modern skirt to show the button hole part.

    Hope that helps!

  6. So is the inner lining 8 inches shorter than the outer skirt? Since it says skirt length plus 4 inches for the outside and skirt length minus 4 inches for the lining. I’m in the middle of sewing it and the lining seems too short

  7. Just made a bubble skirt with the help of this tutorial and a Half-elastic waist tutorial. It’s super adorable! Most helpful parts of your tut were the measurements and assembling of bottom bubble seam. Thanks a bunch!

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