Here is a front view of the skirt. You can really put the pockets anywhere—I think they would look great on the front of the skirt as well.
This tutorial is for a size 18 month to 2T. I’ve included some ways at the very end to adjust for different sizes. You might have to do a little figuring out yourself—but the concept is very simple.
What You Will Need to make an 18 month-2T size skirt (notes on how to adjust the size at very bottom of tutorial):
-Two 13 1/4” x 17” rectangles fabric
-One 2.5” x 40” piece of contrasting fabric for belt
-22” of one inch wide elastic
-Six 2.5” x 3” pieces for belt loops
-Pocket pattern pieces (click HERE to download pattern)
*All seams are 1/4” unless otherwise stated
Cut out the pocket pieces. Since I have two pockets on the skirt, double what it says to cut out on the pattern piece. If you want to make the pocket stronger, cut out some fusible interfacing to match the rounded pocket portion.
Fold that down 2”, pin, and sew, following the line that’s already there from the previous step. Leave a gap for the elastic. I put my gap over one of the side seams, but that means that one of the belt loops will be over that and I won’t be able to sew that area with my machine, as the belt loop will be in the way, so I’d put the opening for the elastic somewhere where a belt loop will not be there.
Take your elastic and see how much space you need to leave for it, and sew on top of your skirt leaving enough room for the elastic. You can sew all the way around and not leave a gap on this top stitch.
Mark where you want the loops, about 5” apart (up to 5 1/4” apart). My marks are on each side seam and then 5” in from the sides.
Sew the ends of the loops shut onto the skirt as pictured below. Repeat with the remaining belt loops.
For the belt, iron the long piece in half lengthwise, then fold the rest towards that middle line you ironed.
Onto the pockets now. Take your long rectangle piece from the pattern, and fold in half right sides together. Sew along either edge and clip the corners by the fold.
Turn right side out. Sew a basting stitch along the bottom and pull one of the strings to gather. Gather it enough to fit the straight edge of the pocket piece.
Now close with right sides together again, and just sew along the curved portion of the pocket. Clip the curve so it lays flat, and turn right side out through one of the two gaps.
Topstitch just along the top of the pocket, as shown below. Don’t worry about the raw edges of the ruffle still sticking out.
Now you might be worried about this little piece sticking out on the side:
No worries, just tuck in that raw portion to give the pocket the rounded ruffled look.
Pin the pocket onto the skirt, and topstitch around the sides and bottom, making sure to tuck in the parts of the pocket that were unfinished.
To adjust the size, try doing the following:
Take the waist measurement by wrapping elastic around the tummy comfortably. My elastic was 22”. For the skirt portions, take the waist measurement and add half that for the waist part. Divide in half for the two rectangles you’ll be cutting. So here’s what I did: Since my waist measurement was 22”, I added 11” (half of 22”) to get 33”. 33” in half is 16.5”, but add half an inch to allow for 1/4” seam allowances, so 17”. For the length, decide how long you want it, but then add 1 1/4” for the hem. Depending on how wide you want the ruffled waist portion to be, you’ll want to add some to the length. For mine, I added 4 1/4” to the 9” length I wanted it to be, to allow for 2” around the top, including where the elastic is. So my length is 13 1/4”. The sash can just be however long you need it, depending also on how long you want it to hang down. I hope that helps with adjusting the size! If it’s confusing, I’d be happy to help with any questions!