(I had to break it to her later that squirrels are too big to live in that little knot.)
I used knit fabric as the skirt base and then added the chiffon to that. Mine is made for my little girl who wears a 4T, so adjust this tutorial as needed……but you don’t want/need the knit skirt base to be very full. But you don’t want it too snug/tight either so that it limits movement. So my little girl is about 20 inches around in the waist, so I figured about 28 inches around would be plenty big.
So I started with a piece of knit that was 29 x 11 inches. (An extra inch in the width for the side seam allowance and an extra 2 inches for the top and bottom seam allowances.)
Then I cut a long strip of interfacing that was 29 inches long and about 1/2 of an inch wide. Then I ironed it to the bottom edge of the skirt on the wrong side of the fabric. I did this because this knit was rolling so much and I wanted the bottom edge of the skirt to stay flat and not roll up, making the skirt base shorter and shorter.
Then, I folded skirt in half and sewed a seam along the side of the skirt, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I sewed another stitch right next to the first, for re-enforcement.
Then, I made a gathering stitch along the top edge of each of the circles of chiffon, 1/4 inch away from the top edge. (Need help with gathering? Click here for me info.) Then I pulled the threads, cinching in the chiffon.
Then I slid this ruffle over the skirt, and adjusted the chiffon to fit around the skirt just right. I pinned the ruffle in place, allowing the ruffle to fall about 1 inch below the bottom edge of the knit base.
Then I attached a safety pin to a piece of 3/4 inch wide elastic, and threaded it through the casing at the waist.