Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Skirt from book "Stitch Wear Play"


The Kid’s Clothes Week Challenge ended this past week. In essence it is a seasonal sewing challenge to sew one hour every day.  To find out more click here. This season’s theme is “Toys”. My first project for this challenge was a skirt for little E. I used a “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” themed fabric that I purchased from JoAnns. My inspiration was crocodile from the Peter Pan duplo lego set, it is one of Emily’s favorite toys.  I used a book I own called “Stitch Wear Play” by Mariko Nakamura for the pattern. This particular book has patterns for boys and girls from ages 3-8. The pattern I chose to use was the “Skirt with Bow”.

The finished skirt is super cute and my daughter loves wearing it. The blue contrast panel on the main skirt fabric and ribbon bow are nice touches to this otherwise simple skirt. I also like the double elastic waist around the top of the skirt, though feeding the second piece of elastic through the waistband was a test of patience.

The instructions are well written and the drawings are simple and clear. I can see myself making several of these skirts in the future. Next time I will add pockets to the side seams.

In regards to pattern changes here is what I did differently. To make the skirt the pattern called for 5/16” elastic which I wasn’t able to find, so I substituted this with ¼” width elastic instead. Normally this would be too skinny for a child’s waistband, however with this pattern there are two elastic bands that go around the waist so this didn’t cause us any issues. Next I substituted the 1” cotton tape for 1 1/2 “ grosgrain ribbon.  In the future I will stick with the recommended 1”. The fabric I used for the main fabric of the skirt didn’t come wide enough to be cut in one piece so I cut two pieces and sewed them together. The last pattern change I made was to put a small double folded hem on the main skirt piece instead of leaving the edge raw. This last modification worked really well in that it made the main skirt fabric shorter than the lining.  I added  ⅝” red grosgrain ribbon (that matched the bow on the main fabric) to the bottom of the skirt lining and on the side seams for a pop of color.

This was the first pattern I have made from “Stitch Wear Play”, and it was an enjoyable experience. The skirt took about 4-5 hours to make, including tracing the pattern and cutting out the fabric. It was nice to have it finished so quickly!

Do you have any favorite patterns for quick kids clothes that you love?




Written by: Shawna


  1. Wow, so many pretty details on this dress! Thank you for linking up to Sew Japan with Mie!