Friday, March 21, 2014


Baby Cat made a new skirt in about 5 minutes! How is this possible? This fabric is made with a smocked portion at the top, so all you need to do is sew one seam to make a dress for a child or a skirt for an adult!

This is what the fabric looks like before any sewing is done.

Step 1: Buy instant-dress fabric long enough to go all the way around your hips, with a 5/8'' seam allowance.

Fold top to inside for narrower wasteband.
Step 2: For a narrower wasteband, fold over top to inside, pin, and stitch along existing smocking stitch line.
Stitch along existing smocking stitch line.

Step 3: With right sites together, pin edges and stitch 5/8'' from edge. Zigzag stitch or use pinking shears to keep edges from unraveling. Trim seam. Be careful stitching through multiple layers of smocked material, Baby Cat broke a needle that way!

Iron if needed, and you are DONE! You now have a cute new skirt and it didn't even take all day! Baby Cat loves her skirt and the Hello Kitty faces and black and fuscia polka-dots just make it too cute!

JoAnn Fabrics has this type of fabric in multiple colors and patterns in case you are not a Hello Kitty fan or even if you just want to try something different! Some of the designs are longer in case you want an instant dress or longer skirt. This one is only a little longer than mid-thigh.

I hope this post inspires you to make your own cute instant skirt!

-Baby Cat


  1. Cute! Thanks for sharing your lovely tutorial, Baby Cat. The skirt looks ooh la la adorable! xo Jennifer

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you like it! It was fun to make!

      -Baby Cat