Hi everyone, I am Jessica and I blog over at Me Sew Crazy!




When I saw the opening for possible guest blog spots at Be Different Act Normal, I absolutely had to write! I am such a huge fan, always drooling over the eye candy Lorie showcases – literally drooling, as she is often showing off some fantastic crafty food – lol :).


I write a sewing blog, which features many DIY clothing patterns and tutorials, often children related! Here are just a few that were well received…


I am known for my little girl’s clothing…




But will also throw in an accessory here and there, and am now learning little boy’s clothing with the newest addition of our family!




My Spring Clothing Collections for my daughters and niece were a huge hit…here is just one of the three collections featured:




And I may or may not be working on Fall Collections as we speak :).


Oh yeah, and everything you see above??? There are tutorials for it! I do hope you’ll stop by!


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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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Blog Sitter – Christina from Two Little Hooligans! Ruffled Maxi Skirt…



Today I have the privilege of welcoming Christina from Two Little Hooligans, who so graciously agreed to help blog sit! Christina is one of the nicest bloggers out there, and I feel blessed to call her a friend. She is such a sweetheart, I always look forward to her posts and comments to hear what is going on in her life.

Her blog is filled with impeccable sewing and craft posts, as well as family posts and photos, great ideas for fun things to do with the kids, and some kick butt recipes for real homemade goodness! She has one of those sites where you really feel like you get to know her…and when you leave a comment, you leave it as a friend.

Here are just a few of my favorite tutes you can find on her site…







I love them all! And there is so much more! If you haven’t already, head on over to Two Little Hooligans – you will become a fan just like I am, I am sure of it :).

Today Christina has a skirt for the adults – yeah! I am always looking for a good tutorial for ME…lol. So without further ado, I give you Christina!

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Ruffled Maxi Skirt Tutorial
(allow about 3 hours to complete)

Materials Needed:

*3-4 yards of white cotton knit (medium weight or light weight).
The skirt above was made with 3 yards of medium weight cotton knit and the skirt below was made with lightweight cotton knit. I personally like the looks and feel of the lightweight fabric better, but they didn’t have any at the fabric store. And just to give you an idea on how much fabric you may need to buy, I am a short size 8 and 3 yards of fabric was just enough and would recommend buying more fabric if you want the ruffles to be more ruffled or if you want more then 4 rows of ruffles.
*1 yard of wide anti-roll elastic for the waist band (of course buy more elastic depending on the size of your waist band needed.)

Use any long A-Line skirt that you already have as your template. Fold the knit fabric so that you are cutting out two pieces at the same time with same sides facing. Sometimes it is hard to tell with knits which side is which and it really doesn’t matter which side you pick as the right side, just make sure that you keep using that same side as your right side. I realized after making my first skirt that since the edges are not finished they roll in a certain direction depending on the direction of the knit. So just try and keep track of the same sides.

Cut all around the skirt giving yourself an extra 1/2″ all around the skirt for a seam allowances.
You now have 2 pieces for the main skirt. With the right sides already facing pin in place and sew both sides.
Turn right side out.
Now let’s determine where to put the ruffles. I decided to have 4 rows of ruffles spaced out evenly every 8″. To figure this out I measure the length of the skirt and divided it by 4, the # of rows that I wanted to have on my skirt. Of course you can make the distance between your ruffles further or closer together. But just so you know, if you want to make more then 4 rows of ruffles you will need more then 3 yards of fabric. Start at the top of the skirt and measure down 8″ and draw a line horizontally around the skirt, front and back. This is will be your guide when sewing the ruffles onto the skirt. Measure down another 8″ and draw your lines horizontally around the skirt again. Now repeat two more times. Set skirt aside.
Now it is time to make the ruffles. Take the remainder of your fabric and fold it so that you can cut long strips of fabric that are 9 1/2″ wide or whatever width you have decided to have the ruffles. I used almost the whole remainder of my fabric in making my strips. Remember to keep track of the right sides and cut the fabric in the same direction. Set fabric aside for now and grab your skirt.
If you want your ruffles closer or further apart that is fine. Just make sure that you cut your ruffles 1 1/2″ wider then the distance you decided to have between each row. This way you will not see the top of your ruffles in each row. I just think it looks much better this way.
Now let’s figure out how long to make each ruffled piece. Start by measuring the bottom line on your skirt. Take that # and multiply by 2, that will give you the total distance around your skirt at that point. Now add 30″ to that #. The extra 30″ is so that you can make your fabric ruffle. Of course you can make your ruffles tighter or looser then I did, just make sure that you add the same amount of fabric to each row. That way your ruffles will all look the same.

For example: The last horizontal line on my skirt measured 24″. Then I doubled that # to give me the total distance around the skirt at that point which gave me 48″. Then I added the extra 30″ to make the ruffle. So I ended up with a piece of fabric 78″ long by 9 1/2″ wide.

Measure out one piece of fabric that is the size you just determined above. My piece was 78″ x 9 1/2″. Sew right sides together.
Turn right side out.
Now make it ruffle by sewing along the top of fabric with a long stitch. Pull one of the threads until it ruffles evenly all around. Now measure the remaining 3 rows and make ruffles for each the same way you just did above.
For example: my next three rows measured 76″ x 9 1/2″, 70″ x 9 1/2″ and 64″ x 9 1/2″. Now line up all of ruffles on their rows to make sure they all line up correctly.
Start with the longest ruffled piece and turn it wrong side out. Place your skirt inside of the ruffled piece and line up your ruffled piece onto the bottom line like so. Make sure that the wrong side of the ruffle is on the outside and right sides of ruffle and skirt are facing. Pin ruffle in place.
Sew ruffle in place using a zig-zag stitch. This will give your ruffle a little extra stretch. Now fold ruffle down. Now take the next longest ruffle and place it onto the next line up. Make sure right sides are facing and wrong sides of the ruffle are facing out. Pin and sew in place.

Repeat with the third ruffled piece.
Your skirt should now have 3 rows of ruffles sew in place. Gather the elastic for the waist band. Measure your waist to see how long to cut the piece of elastic. I like to slightly pull on the elastic when measuring around my waist so that the elastic stretches a little bit when it sits on my hips. I don’t want my waist band floating on top of my hips, but do what works best for you. My elastic was cut 30″ long. Zig-zag stitch the elastic shut.
Now take the last ruffle (right sides out this time) and line it up to the top edge of the skirt.
Now take your elastic band and place it on top of the ruffled piece. So it will be layered like so: A-line skirt (right sides out), ruffle (right side out) and then elastic on top. Pin all three layers in place. Zig-zag stitch all three layers together. If you need to, slightly pull on the elastic so that all three layers line up while being sewed together. Now lay your skirt flat and fold up the bottom ruffle. Trim off the extra fabric from the A-Line skirt underneath.

Now your finished! The perfect skirt for those hot summer days.



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Thank you again so much for being here Christina! That skirt is adorable, it makes me think of all sorts of ruffly brown and orange goodness for Fall…that and it makes me hungry for fresh corn on the cob…hello corn field behind you! I am so jealous of your gardens!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and don’t forget to head on over to Two Little Hooligans to become a fan!

Until next time…Happy Sewing!

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Jess

Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    oh jessica that was the sweetest introduction ever, thank you! but really i am so honored to be here today. you know i never would have started sewing clothes if it wasnt for you and all the inspiration you give us:)

  2. says

    Wow – that’s beautiful. And certainly something I’ll try when I get my first sewing machine soon! I don’t think I’ll screw it up too much. Thanks for the clear directions and very helpful photos

  3. says

    Yay for Christina! I adore her and she is one of the sweetest bloggy pals I know! I adore this skirt too! Thanks for sharing the tute with us ladies, I can’t wait to try one!

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