Girl's Summer Panel Skirt - Free Downloadable Pattern

Project Level: Easy

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A girl's white summer skirt with little red strawberries and hearts laid out on table

Nothing shouts summer like strawberries! This children’s summer skirt starts at 1-1.5 years up to aged 6-7. It has five panels, the central one at the front and has an elastic waist band. You can make this skirt extra twirly by making it with seven panels for more fullness.

You Will Need:

Half a metre of your chosen fabric (for smaller sizes). I used this gorgeous strawberries and hearts design from our children's polycotton collection

A sewing machine, scissors, iron and board, pins, thread, and elastic.


Download the PDF pattern. Print the pattern ensuring you do not check the box on the print dialogue that says "Scale to Fit" or "Fit to Page" and check that the test box has printed at the correct size of 5cm.

Step 1:

After sticking your paper pattern pieces together, select the correct size and cut out the pattern.

Step 2:

From your fabric, cut out 5 panels using the pattern piece and sew them right sides together until all the panels are joined into a skirt shape. Finish and press the seams.

Step 3:

With your skirt inside out, measure across the top edge, double the number. Cut a rectangle 10cm x your measurement. This will make the waistband of your skirt.

How to create the waistband

Step 4:

Press the waistband in half lengthways with the wrong sides together. Open it and fold the outer long edge in 1cm, press. Repeat for the other side.

How to prepare the waistband

Step 5:

Keeping your skirt inside out, locate the back seam and pin the waistband onto the skirt, right side to wrong side. Stitch close to the edge. Press the waist seam upwards.

Step 6:

Turn your skirt the right way around and fold the waistband over the right side of the skirt. Using the last seam as a guide, pin and stitch the waist band in place leaving a gap at the back.

Finishing the waistband

Step 7:

Press the waistband. Thread your elastic through the channel (I use a safety pin to do this) and join using a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. Fold one end of the waist band inside and push the other side into it. Pin and stitch.

Step 8:

If you have a roll hem foot you can use it to sew the hem. If you haven’t, turn your skirt inside out and measure up the seams 2cms, fold and fold again leaving a 1cm hem and no raw edges. Pin and stitch. You can hand sew the hem if you prefer but speaking from experience, children’s clothes need to be fairly robust!

Step 9:

Press the hem and you are ready to go!




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