Hey there, thanks for checking out one of my free patterns, the Monkey Bar Skirt! This post will show you how to put the skirt together, but if you still need the pattern, you can download it here.
The Monkey Bar Skirt has been updated to be more like the paid patterns in format, so you can get a little idea of what a Hey June pattern is like before you buy. The biggest difference on the paid patterns is that the instructions are fully digitally illustrated and much more comprehensive.
Your girls are going to be living in these fun, cute, easy-to-sew, playground-friendly skirts all summer, so let’s get sewing! I’m starting with View A, using contrast thread to help it stand out. View B has a couple extra steps, pictured at the end of the post.
Align the inseam and sew right sides together.
Gather the top of the skirt using your longest stitch length. Sew a separate gathering seam for the front and back of the skirt, leaving long thread tails. After sewing, gently pull on the bobbin threads to gather the skirt.
Turn the skirt and shorts right sides out. Slip the skirt over the shorts. Align and pin them together at the waist, evenly distributing the gathers. Focus the gathers toward the center of the skirt front and back, leaving the skirt ungathered at the side seams. This will make the final skirt lay nicely.
Repeat step 10 to hem the shorts.If you’re making View A, you’re finished! View B has a couple more steps:
Sew the lower skirt (piece 5) in the same manner as the skirt in View A. Sew the upper skirt (pieces 4) right sides together at the short ends, forming a loop. Gather the lower skirt to match the width of the upper skirt, focusing the gathers toward the center back and front
Pin the upper skirt to the lower skirt at the waist, right sides together, aligning side seams
Continue following the directions from View A to attach the skirt to the shorts and finish sewing.
That’s it, your Monkey Bar skirt is finished! SO easy, right? If you cut and sew these assembly-line style you’ll have a whole wardrobe of play skirts in a couple hours!