Linen Ruffle Skirt (KCWC)

This is my final post for KCWC! I wish I could tell you there’s more to come, but alas, this is the last item I completed by the final day of the challenge. But it’s really okay, because… I’ll probably make something new for the kids tomorrow! Every day is KCWC around here.

You think I’m joking. πŸ™‚

Here are some stats on this ruffle skirt. The final day of KCWC I sat down to work on a skirt for Abby like the last one but using this checkered linen. Remember it from the pockets of Hudson’s gray shorts? Well, I thought it might be fun to have just a leetle matchy-matchy going on in this house.

It was supposed to be a simple gathered skirt but as soon as I started working with the linen it struck me. RUFFLES! The skirt definitely needed ruffles!

A couple hours later this had happened.

But of course it was the middle of the night, so I had to wait until the next day to see what would happen when I put the ruffle skirt and Abby together in the same room.

Explosion of cute.

A lot of twirling happens when Abby’s wears this skirt. It’s bouncy and ruffly and makes her feel pretty darn cute, I guess.

This isn’t a tutorial, but here is what I did to create this skirt:

  1. Cut two rectangles 18″ by about 12″
  2. Angle the rectangles by measuring cutting 2″ off the top on both sides and angling the cut down to the bottom right and left corners. (Simply put, each rectangle ended up being 14″ at top and 18″ at bottom). This gives the skirt some extra oomph.
  3. Sew the side seams of skirt and iron down the waist band 1″. (At this point I also serged the bottom and top edge, but this isn’t necessary if you’re doing a traditional hem).
  4. Cut three strips for ruffles. The first strip should be 2.5″ by 50″, the second 3″ by 50″, and the third 3.5″ by 50″.
  5. Gather the strips (I did this by hand, but you could do it on your sewing machine).
  6. Pin the ruffles to your skirt. This was easy for me since the pattern of the fabric gave me straight lines to follow. I placed each strip 1/2″ under the hanging edge of the strip above.
  7. Stitch them on with coordinating thread, keeping the waistband out of the way of your stitches.
  8. Stitch the waistband down. leaving a 1″ gap for the elastic.
  9. Measure you’re child’s waist and cut a piece of elastic 1″ longer than that measurement.
  10. Feed it through your waistband, stitch the pieces of elastic together (overlapping by 1/2″). Lastly, stitch down the gap you left in the waistband for feeding the elastic. If you serged the bottom edge of your skirt, your’e done! If not, just add some kind of hem and, voila.

Whew. I hope those directions make some kind of sense. Sorry I didn’t take any pictures! If you’re anything like me, you’ll just wing it anyway. πŸ™‚

Sometimes, a girl’s just gotta wear ruffles.

Oh, and before I forget, this linen came from Tex Carmel in the LA Fabric District. I talk about this awesome shop in my video, How to Shop the LA Fabric District.

And that’s all for today, folks! The fam and I are headed out for an impromptu vacation, so I probably won’t be posting for the next couple of days. I hope you have a wonderful weekendΒ and, as always, thanks so much for stopping by Caila-Made!


  1. says

    Oh Caila I love the photo of Hudson and the pillow with Abby in the background, up at the top! And your new profile pic – as always, a great great post!

  2. says

    Hello! I just found your blog and I think it’s AMAZING! The pics are great and I can see that You really like what you do here! I love people with great ideas, like you!
    Your blog is inspiring! I will follow you!

    • says

      Jamie, I love it! Great job! The chevron prints are perfect. I’m so glad you shared your version with me; thank you!

  3. says

    Found your blog whilst searching for a skirt to make my little girl. Love this ruffle skirt.

    I have a sister named Caila whose name is spelt exactly the same way too πŸ™‚

    • says

      Amanda, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I’d love to see pictures if you end up making the skirt. And how fun that you have a sister with my same name! We are few and far between. πŸ™‚ I love your blog, by the way!