Thursday, September 13, 2012

Easy Skirt Tutorial (Just One Yard of Fabric Needed!)

I made a skirt. That's right, I. made a skirt. As in an article of clothing. As in, I'm practically a seamstress now. Who wants to pay me to ruin tailor their clothing?


Earlier this year when I was working on my boys' bedroom makeover, I ordered several fabrics for pillows and was sent a wrong fabric by mistake. The company sent the correct fabric out right away and told me to keep the 1 yard of chevron fabric I received by mistake. I had no idea what I was going to do with it as maroon is not a color I use in my house.


Then one day, I had nothing to wear (which probably meant I needed to do laundry). I decided to get creative. My one yard of free chevron fabric was home decor grade which  meant it was a little heavier, but it was still 100% cotton and I decided to make it work.

This home decor fabric is 54" wide, which means I only needed a yard to make a nice short skirt. I folded it in half hamburger-style to make a giant tube 36" long. Next, I folded the selvage edges back, did my best to match the zig zag print and pinned it.


After running it through the sewing machine I pressed the seam open so it laid flat.


Then I picked one of the ends of the big tube to be the top of the skirt, and created a place to run a band of elastic for the waist (leaving about 4 inches open so I could thread the elastic in):


I used some elastic I already had -- just wrapped it around my waist and then subtracted a good 3-4 inches before cutting it to length. My skirt fabric was heavier so I needed to make sure the elastic was snug enough to hold it on my waist!

I sewed one end of the elastic into the skirt and threaded the other end through the waistband I created by using a safety pin in the other end of the elastic. Sometimes this takes some wiggling! Once I got the elastic all the way through, I pinned it in place and then sewed it securely. Then I sewed the last few inches of the waistband closed.


Voila. Instant elastic waistband.


Next, I threw the skirt on and decided where I wanted to cut it length wise. I cut a band off the bottom of the skirt and finished the edge:


Finally, I used the fabric I cut from the bottom of the skirt to make a sash in order to hide the elastic waistband -- if you have more skills than I do, make a real waistband... zippers frighten me, so this is what I did.


And, it's done. Easy peasy. I tried to take photos of myself and out of 30 or so (I'm one of those girls), this is the most in focus. And I look like I'm doing Blue Steel or something. You win some, you lose some... we're friends though, right? No judging. :)



It was a quick, simple project -- no real skills necessary. If I can do this, you can too! Bad sewers of the world, unite!

14 comments:

  1. Adorable & simple -- it's a true win-win!

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  2. So fun! Maybe I can take on a sewing project.

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  3. You are so cute. And skinny. I think a gathered skirt might not be so flattering on me.... ;) I like the idea, though. And I love skirts.

    Question: since you didn't have any clean clothes to wear, were you in your undies while making this?

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  4. You always make me laugh! I love that you just up and decided to make/sew something because you are sure that you can make it work. I am the same way. I have curtains in our basement to prove it. Hello. My name is Michelle, and I, too, am a bad sewer. United we stand!

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  5. Great job! And this is the PERFECT length for you. No matter what the 'trend' is, I think a woman's skirt is most flattering when it comes just to the top of the calf curve. Very feminine. Next project: a circle skirt!

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  6. LOVE! Great job, my kind of sewing project!

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  7. You're fabulous! And so is your new skirt!

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  8. Wow instead of doing laundry you decided to make a skirt :). I think I would have just done the laundry but when the creativity bug bites I should take a lesson and go for it. The skirt is super cute by the way I really like the tye around the waist.

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  9. Oh my gosh, I think I can actually do this! wahooo!!!! zippers scare me too, i will stick with you on the sash thing. gotta go get some fabric!!!!! i'll report back soon.

    love,
    ariella
    www.glitterartfit.blogspot.com

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  10. I did it! I love my new skirt! I will try to post a picture soon. It looks so pretty! Thank you so much!
    love,
    ariella
    www.glitterartfit,blogspot.com

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  12. Did you attach the sash to the skirt? Or just tie it around? This may be a stupid question, but I literally just started sewing and have no skills or intuition.

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