Seersucker Strawberry Skirts (tutorial)

by ilene on July 18, 2011 · 6 comments

in sewing, tutorial

When I think of summer, I think of SEERSUCKER.  I’m a sucker for seersucker, I just LOVE IT! There is something about this wrinkly,  striped fabric that makes me smile.  It has “summer” written all over it.  I read somewhere that the puckered texture of the fabric keeps it away from the skin so it’s perfect for warm weather.   I made these two seersucker skirts for a 4 year and a 2 year old pair of sisters that we were visiting in Chicago last week.  I added strawberry embellishments because strawberries remind me of summer, too, and it just seemed natural to combine them.  I was inspired by our recent strawberry picking trip!  I think these might be one of my favorite projects I’ve made this summer.

For the strawberry embellishment, I cut out the strawberry out of some red polka-dotted material that I had in my fabric stash that was perfect for this project.  I ironed it onto the seersucker with Heat n Bond iron on adhesive. The leaf and stem of the strawberry were cut out of 100% wool felt. I love the girls’ unique names, too, so I added their names onto their skirts.  I love personalizing anything I can! I cut the girls’ name  out of fuzzy blue heat transfer material with my silhouette and ironed the letters onto twill tape:

Then I sewed all the pieces into place with my sewing machine:

I sewed an elastic waistband at the top:

For the bottom hem of the skirts, I wanted to do something different than the typical rolled hem. I don’t have a serger (that’s next on my list of machines to acquire! I can hear Jeff groaning as he reads this), so I made this hem (not sure what the official name of this type of hem is called) that was a nice clean way to finish the bottom. Here is my best attempt at trying to explain what I did:

1.  cut a 2″ strip of material, fold in half lengthwise and iron

2. line the 2 raw edges of the strip with the outside raw edge of the bottom of the skirt. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Iron this seam open.

3. fold the strip  upwards towards the inside of the skirt, pin and sew in place with a 1/8″ seam allowance.


Here are the two skirts completed:

All packaged up and tied with a strip of leftover seersucker!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeff Feng July 18, 2011 at 10:38 am

groan 🙂

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2 Anonymous July 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Darling! Someday you can ask at a yardage shop about “horsehair.” Apparently, typically it goes around bridal gowns that are cut as a full round circle skirt. Make sense? It makes it much easier for hemming a long curve, plus, it adds a nice little kick to the all important swooshy action of a skirt that’s supposed to twirl. I’ve used it on a couple of Ali’s. Skirts are fun! Oh, and a serger would be very fun indeed! 😉

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3 TaRa October 11, 2011 at 3:10 am

You may use ribbon instead. Like the lazy day skirt at Oliver+S

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4 Anonymous January 31, 2013 at 9:56 am

How is this a tutorial? You offer instructions on adding a strawberry with iron on transfer and that’s it. How about providing information about how much fabric, sizes, how you finished the waistband etc…. Basically, the information generally provided with a tutorial.

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5 Airi November 24, 2015 at 9:20 am

Okay, I know this is meant for kids, but I need this anyway! The color is so cute, perfect for summer. And that bit of personalization? Geni–you know what I’m going to say. 😉

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