Sew a Simple Twirly Skirt!

Choose a woven fabric or a knit, add Smocking or keep it simple with Gathers.

This course will walk you through every step of the Construction process. Twirly Skirt can be made in sizes 3-12.

Let's Make a Twirly Skirt!

It's easy, I promise!

Have you always wanted to sew for your daughter or granddaughter? Do you love to smock and would like to include it in your designs, but the child in your life needs simple everyday clothes? Twirly Skirt is a simple pull on and go skirt with an elastic back. It can be made in an easy care cotton knit, or a fun woven. This course will walk you through every aspect of the construction process. If you know how to smock, the bonus material will show you how to smock the skirt in the round should you choose to do so.
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Examples of Twirly Skirt
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What Others are Saying:

"My daughter wants you to know that you are a great teacher - she says my work/smocking/sewing has gone from above average to the next level above. She and my granddaughters thank you very much. Me too." Peggy D.

"I have loved this class. Never thought I could sew knit. Opened up so many choices for older girls." Tricia W.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Twirly Skirt Construction Course

    • Welcome and Getting Started

    • How to use this course

    • Supplies for Twirly Skirt

    • An Introduction to Knit Fabrics

    • Cutting Out and Marking Twirly Skirt

  • 2

    Time to Smock!

    • Getting Started Smocking Twirly Skirt

    • Pleating Knits

    • Pleating Wovens

    • Preparing the Skirt for Smocking

    • Centering a Smocking Design

    • Smocking in the Round

  • 3

    Starting to Sew

    • Finishing the Edges

    • Gathering the Skirt Back (and Front if making a Gathered Version)

  • 4

    Making & Applying the Piping

    • Making Knit Piping

    • Making Woven Piping

    • Prepare the Yoke Pieces

    • Applying the Piping to the Smocked Skirt

    • Applying the Piping to the Gathered Skirt

  • 5

    Yokes to Skirts

    • Sew the Yokes to the Skirts

  • 6

    Joining the Sides

    • Joining the Sides if both Front and Back are Smocked

    • Adding the Pockets and Joining the Side Seams

  • 7

    Finishing the Waist

    • Finishing the Waist

  • 8

    Hemming the Skirt

    • Hemming a Knit Twirly Skirt

    • Hemming a Woven Twirly Skirt

  • 9


    • All Downloads

    • Before you go...

    • Continue Your Smocking Journey!

About Lisa & Pink Hollybush

Lisa Hawkes, Owner of Pink Hollybush Designs

Hi, I'm Lisa and I am so glad that you wouldl like to sew for the little girl in your life. At Pink Hollybush Designs we teach modern smocking through our courses and patterns so moms and grandmas can sew love into every stitch. In particular we focus on helping sewists smock knit garments that busy mamas don't have to iron and that children love to wear because they are so soft and comfortable. I have my Artisan level in smocking and was National President of the Smocking Arts Guild from 2014-2016.

Sew a Simple Twirly Skirt!

  • The Twirly Skirt pattern is available as a printed pattern, pdf pattern and kit. The skirt is for sizes 3-12 and can be made in a knit or woven fabric. It cam be smocked or simply gathered.

  • 24 lessons with detailed instruction walk you through every aspect of the project from picking out supplies to constructing the skirt.

  • 22 Videos demonstrate each step.

  • Course includes instructions on how to smock in the round to smock both the front and back of Twirly Skirt. (Course assumes you know the basics of smocking. Please see my Learn to Smock Course if you don't know how to smock and would like to learn.)

  • Suitable for a Beginner or Advanced Beginner Sewist

Get the Printed Pattern, PDF Pattern, or Kit

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