Eee-va, that sure is Vera Bradley! My mom and I carry it whenever we travel and now that Shellie May and Duffy have joined our family, they are always attached and ready for another adventure.
Here is the pattern for Shellie May's skirt. I don't have any photos of the steps, but they are fairly simple and I'll be writing lots of details.
Keychain Shellie May's Skirt Pattern
Fabric: 20" x 4", see instructions in step 1
Notions: matching or coordinating thread, 1/4" or 3/8" elastic, pins
1. Choose Fabric.
- Fabric must not fray OR
- Zig-zag cut edges OR
- Cut with pinking shears OR
- Add Fray Check to cut edges (note that this will make the edges stiff)
2. Cut 20" x 4"
3. Create Casing for Elastic
- fold over long edge of fabric 3/4", wrong sides together, pin
- stitch using 1/4" seam allowance along cut edge
4. Create Bottom Hem
- repeat Step 3 with other long edge of fabric
5. Insert Elastic
- attach safety pin to one end of elastic
- use pin to help slide elastic through casing created in Step 3
- scrunch fabric around elastic until it is approximately the size of Shellie May's waist
- pin ends of elastic together
- make an appointment with Shellie May for a fitting
- place skirt around Shellie May's waist and loosen or tighten elastic until it fits comfortably
- re-pin elastic at the final size, DO NOT cut off
- thank Shellie May for her patience and inform her that her new skirt will be finished soon
7. Finish Inside Seam
- match short ends of fabric, right sides together, pin
- stitch along cut edge using 1/4" seam allowance
- cut off excess elastic
- zig-zag raw edges
- Present Shellie May with her new skirt
- Take Shellie May out for an ice cream treat so she can show off her new outfit to the world!
- The reason for all the fabric instructions is because this skirt will be too small for a rolled hem.
- I used a machine for the sewing, but it could easily be done by hand.
- Duffy usually resides at my mom's house, so when she's sewing a skirt for Shellie May, she'll ask Duffy to be a model. He's usually flattered to be such a big help in making a surprise present for his special gal.
- If you have any left over fabric scraps, they make excellent scarves and bows (Duffy likes bow ties) to accessorize!
Finally, if you have any questions at all, please don't be afraid to ask. This is the first time I've written a sewing pattern and I'd love to help clear up any confusion.
Also, if any of you need fabric, especially for keychain Shellie May, please send me a PM. We have a lot of fabric scraps that would be suitable and would be more than happy to send them to you free of charge.
My computer is just crawling right now, but I will add a photo of the skirt turned inside out as soon as possible. Happy stitching!