Soooo, this is a skirt I made my friend's little girl, Pippa, who is one, recently.
I used a pattern from Fairytale Pattern Designs. I had bought it the minute they released it because I thought it was so pretty.
I used some fabrics from my stash. Only one metre in total was needed, so by using two different fabrics I could use up two half-metres from my stash.
I started cutting out 24 petal shapes in total and the waistband. As I had cut the waistband from the flowery fabric, I did not have enough of the flowery fabric to cut twelve petals, so I decided to cut 8 from the flowery fabric and 16 from the gingham. I was going to roll-edge the hems with my new roll-edge sewing machine foot, but after a lot of trying and cursing I gave up. I will practice with this when I have time, but I do think it is going to require at least an afternoon of practicing. Instead, I decided to just use really small hems on each petal.
Once hemmed, I arranged the petals as per the instructions. I decided to put all gingham on the bottom and then use a two flower-one gingham arrangement on the top. Once pinned in place, I then ran the petals through the sewing machine, using a long stitch so that I could gather them.
I then gathered the petals to the length of the waistband and prepared the waistband to the instructions. I then sewed the two together as per the instructions.
Et voila! One petal skirt. Pippa seemed to like it, as did her mummy (I think).
I enjoyed making this so much (once I got past the rolled-hem hiccup) that I am thinking of doing a little Christmas range of them. Just waiting to move house, and then I will make a start. In the meantime, I will take orders if you contact me.