One of my daughters requested a ballet skirt to play dress up. We have a lot of leotards at our house, but not as many ballet skirts (we’ve found leotards at garage sale over the years for very little).
Sheer fabric, 45″ wide and length to whatever you chose for size
1″ wide elastic for waist
Tape measure to measure child’s waist
Large safety pin
This was no more than a piece of fabric with a narrow hem at one end, and a casing for elastic at the waist, made my folding the fabric down (and ironing) at 1/4″, and again at 1 1/4″. I left a little opening after sewing the waistband to feed the elastic through with a safety pin. I then sewed the elastic together, and sewed the opening shut. Before ironing and hemming the end, I sewed the piece together lengthwise, using a French seam to keep it from unraveling.
About 45 minutes. This is probably a much faster project, but I had to stop and start a few times while taking care of my family.
The fabric was a scrap that was handed down to me and was just the perfect amount to make this. The elastic was purchased in bulk from Wawak (it comes on a huge roll) and cost me around $0.36. I just went over to Wawak’s site and they currently have rolls of elastic on sale for 25% off. 36 yards of 1″ elastic is currently on sale for $13.88, which would bring the price down even lower (note: they have other widths as well).
My youngest children have all loved this ballet class dvd for children from the ages of 2 to 6. It’s just the right length for their attention and is fun for them when playing at ballet.
For older girls, there are several videos on You Tube that you can use.