I have been wanting to design some skirts for my shoe boxes but had no idea what sizes to make them. I went searching the web and after checking dozens of sources, from blogs to pattern companies, I compiled what I think is an average sizing chart for making girl's skirts. I am sharing it in hopes it will help some of you in your shoe box sewing.
I will make size 4 for the 2 to 4 year old boxes, size 8 for the 5 to 9 and between size 12 and 14 for the 10 to 14 year olds. I will be making them somewhere between "below the knee" and "mid-calf." I may make the older ones mid-calf. Some cultures longer skirts are necessary for modesty and they can always shorten them or grow into them, but lengthening them would be difficult.
WAIST MEASUREMENT is the girl's actual measurement.
LENGTH is the finished length -- be sure to leave extra for the hem and extra at the top for the elastic casing.
WIDTH means the total width of the skirt, or the circumference of the hem. Be sure to leave extra for seam allowances when cutting the fabric.
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I have no way to test these patterns on girls. As I design my skirts I will share the tutorials here. I want to make some A-line skirts so there is less bulk at the waist. I also want to make some wrap skirts -- they look like fun for the girls.
Do you make skirts to include in your shoe box gifts?