Firstly, I would have just made a regular circle skirt, but the fabric I used for all of this was actually just a very LOOOONG strip of fabric that was not super wide that I got at the thrift store (so no buying more...) It was only $2. I love that.
ANYWAY, I DID make a circle skirt, just with panels instead instead of a circle. First, you will decide how wide you need your skirt to be. Then you can decide how many panels you'd like on your skirt (I had 5) and if you divide one by the other, you'll have the width of the top of each panel. Capish?
I folded my fabric up and cut all of the panels at the same time so they matched. Just cut a trapezoid shape with the top the width you previously calculated very mathematically.
Then you'll take your first two trapezoids and lay them right sides together and
pin along one edge.
Next, take the next trapezoid and lay that under the second trapezoid with right sides together.
Pin the edge.
And do this again.
And again. Here are all the trapezoids pinned together and lined up.
Then you just sew a straight stitch up each edge that you pinned. Easiest thing ever.
Cut out a pocket shape. Kind of like the pocket on a sweatshirt. Iron all the edges over. On the curved edges, cut some notches (look close, they're there. There's even a tiny arrow by one of them.) so the curve will lay flat.
Sew all the way around the pocket about 1/4 inch in. Add a second set of stitching along the curves about 1/8 inch in (so just outside the first stitch line).
Pin your pocket to the front of your skirt. Sew along the straight edges - just outside the hem line. Now you have double stitching - pretty sweet looking.
And here is mini's cute little bum on the beach. Ha ha! Her "beach bum." Oh, man. I crack myself up. Especially when it's late...
That bit of tulle you see poking out the bottom is actually another skirt we bought at Target at the beginning of summer on clearance. A cute skirt on its own, but I love the oomph it adds to this skirt, kind of like a petticoat would.
"Yea! I've got a stick!" I can't resist posting her goofy poses.
I don't have a tutorial for her headband, but it's the easiest thing ever. I used the ribbon/hair elastic technique I posted here. Basically you just cut a piece of ribbon to stretch across the front of your head and cut a bit off of a hair elastic to add up to the circumfrence of your head when it's stretched out. Then glue the ends of the ribbon to the ends of the hair elastic. Then I made some yo-yo's and one ruffle flower and glued them right to the ribbon. I glued the buttons on too - I needed quick and easy people, don't judge me. I think the two buttons with the knots in the center are PERFECT.
I love the way it looks with the outfit.
Of course, she prefers my large yellow beach hat to the headband anyway.