Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Domesticated Skirt

for tutorial, scroll down and "read more"

I love being a girl.  A wife.  A mother.  A homemaker.   I’m proud of my job and this skirt is my salute to my chosen profession.  

Doesn’t that sound noble? 
Yeah, really, I just thought of the design one day and when I sketched it out, thought it looked kind of like a double sided apron. 
But I do love my life, and I also love aprons.  They’re functional, feminine and flirty.  This skirt is too.  So the name:
 Domesticated Skirt: a skirt for around the house, but way cuter than a house dress. 
And when your child wipes their nose and/or peanut butter encrusted face across your hip:
just open
flip around
and you’re good to go.
This is about as basic as sewing can get.  If you used purchased bias tape, it would be even easier, as making the tape took longer than the rest of the skirt combined.  I’m not in love with how it moves, the “inside wrap” tends to try to work it’s way out.  But I do like the look for an everyday, baking, cleaning and wiping bums kind of day.

tutorial after the jump

    The Domesticated Skirt
I started with three coordinating cotton prints: two for the body of the skirt and one for the bias tape trim and ties.
I went with some Darlene Zimmerman feedsack inspired prints from the Granny line by Chanteclair.  THey seemed homey and, well, they were on sale.
This skirt is kind of one-size-fits-most, and I ended up needing about 3/4 yard of all three.  IMG_5195 I wanted it to be knee length.  From my hip, where I wanted to wear it, to my my knee is about 19 inches.  I cut my fabric at 20 inches long. 
Then I measured my waist around, divided by two.  With the fabric folded in half, I marked that point with tailor’s chalk. 
I wanted the skirt to have a slight angle to the bottom, so I added half of my waist measurement to the above figure, and marked that on the folded fabric, too, at the bottom.
** so basically, you just want it to be really big, then even bigger at the bottom**
With both the main fabrics folded, lay them on top of each other plum
Use a straight edge and mark a line from the waist measurement to the knee measurement
cut along that line, both fabrics
Now with your third fabric, find the bias
And cut your strips for the bias tape
I used my bias tape tool to finish the strips into tape
Pin one long strip of bias tape to the top of one of the main fabric panels.  You want quite a bit of the tape to go off the ends, as these will become the ties on the finished skirt
Take the end of the tape/ties and fold over the raw edge
Then fold the entire tape in half, enclosing the folded over end.
And start sewing.  Backstitch, and go from one end of the ties
across the top of the skirt panel
and to the other end of the ties, folding over and in half at that tie end, too
Attach another strip of bias tape to the other skirt panel.  This time you don’t need ties, so match ends of skirt top to end of bias tape.
Pin and sew
Take your ties, fold and pin to the top right side of the panel they’re sewn to.  You need them out of the way of the needle when you sew the two skirt panels together
Right sides together, place skirt panels together matching ends
Sew both sides of skirt ( I serged them) together.
If you sewed, press seams open.  If you serged, press to one side
Now you’re going to need your waist (or hip) measurement again.  Take 1/4 of that measurement and mark from the outside edge of the skirt on both sides.  In order for the skirt to wrap easily, you want to close some of the top opening.
Sew from the edge of the skirt, following the stitch line of the bias tape, to the mark.  Repeat for the other side.
Almost done.  Pin the bias tape to the bottom hem of the skirt all the way around
Sew the tape in place
And you’re done!  Told you-super super easy.
Put it on, take your kids to the park or whip up some cookies.  Or just eat bon-bons and watch that Project Runway you recorded.  Either way, you’ve got a cute go-to skirt.  And if you get a little something on it,
a b c d
no problem. 

3/19/2010 UPDATE:
Hillary Monroe made the skirt and fixed the problem of the inside coming out. "As for the "peeping" from the inner fabric - I think that could be solved with a simple stitch just above the bias tape from the corner of each side of the skirt. If you put on the skirt and mark it to where you want it to fold (and stay folded) and sew a line from the edge of the skirt to that point then it will stay. I tried the quick-step approach (ie safety pin) and it worked great - no more peeping! So a straight stitch should do the trick."
Thank you, Hillary!  I'm off to fix my skirt right now.


You Told Me:
3/10/2010 Katrina, "About the "inside wrap" working itself out, would it work to sew a straight seam from the top to the bottom of the skirt on each side of your hips, maybe an inch or two out, so that the two fabrics are sewn together? I'm just wondering if that would hold the "wrap" part back in place."
3/16/10 Ttfranz, "instead of having to sew from hip to knee to prevent the inside wrap from slipping, would a small button & button hole attached on either side of the waist in the bias tape work? That would eliminate having any stitching show and still keep the skirt from slipping?"

 3/17/10 Hillary Monroe, "If you sew a top stitch along the edges you might not get the under-side layer peeping out."

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Reno said...

That is a very clever skirt. And cute shoes, too.

Christie said...

Oh my goodness! You whipped that up so fast and it looks so cute! Great idea Sabra!

Reno said...

But I just don't get it! Is it one big piece? I need a hands-on demo.

Sabra said...

Reno: Think of it as a really, really big skirt. The front is one fabric, the back another. You step into it, then wrap the fabric around you and tie. Does that help?

Christie: other than making the bias tape, it took less than 30 minutes. 7th Grade Home Ec easy.

Reno said...

Ah- you step between the two fabrics. That does help make it clear to me. Thanks. And again- very clever!

saskia said...

i like it!

Amy said...

Oh wow, I love that skirt! Very cute AND practical, thanks! Xx

C & N c{o}. said...

I LOVE this skirt!! It has definitely made it onto my sewing to-do list!

Natalie said...

Very creative! I love it! I hope to try and make it someday! :) Thanks for sharing your sewing with us!

Sunshine of Seven said...

I totally love this skirt, especially as a mom (it's so feminime too). I've got to make one, I love skirts!

Sunshine of Seven said...

OOPs...feminine, I can spell:)

naomi said...

fantastic idea! Such a super cute skirt.

QueenMeadow said...

I love it!! I think I may make it during my spring break :)

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Super cute!

Katrina said...

This skirt is so cute! About the "inside wrap" working itself out, would it work to sew a straight seam from the top to the bottom of the skirt on each side of your hips, maybe an inch or two out, so that the two fabrics are sewn together? I'm just wondering if that would hold the "wrap" part back in place. Super cute idea - you're so creative! (funny thing - my word verification word is "sewing"!)

Sabra said...

Katrina, that would probably totally work! Thank you. The only thing is that then you'd be able to see the stitch line on the outside. Hmmm, but if it makes the skirt more wearable, it might be worth it. Thanks!

Alissa said...

freaking cute! i am pretty sure I need one.

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

Great idea! And, now that life is recycling around here...children still at home, and grandchildren here every weekend, it is time for some new mommy types of clothes. I am putting this on my favorite tutorials link list and will be stitching up a few this coming summer after play, cheer and final exams. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Sonia said...

omgosh that is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!! I gotta make one :) Thanks for the tutorial!~

Katie said...

you make it look so easy! I love this skirt, but I'm not sure if I have it in me to be able to make this.... Maybe I'll give it a try this weekend! :)

lady_arndt said...

OMG! I have been looking into wearing more skirts, dresses, and looking more feminine on a daily basis, as my son insists that I do NOT look like a princess unless I dress the part. LOL!

Thank you sooo much! I am going to have to make at least one for each day of the week. ;D

Nancy's Couture said...

I love this skirt. It is so clever. I found you through Ucreate and I'm glad I did~!!!!

LouAnne said...

I am SO making this for my daughter! Thank you!

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

OMG How cute ! So creative. Love it.

Christie said...

Woo Hoo:).

Becky said...

I will be making this today! Thank you so much. I absolutely LOVE it!

Found you on UCreate.

Disney said...

Possibly the coolest thing ever! I totally need to make one of these!

Mama Lusco said...

Wonderful! I, too, love aprons, skirts, and being at home. Looking forward to trying this tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing. I'll be linking to http://mamalusco.blogspot.com

Cami said...

Finally a project I want to make for myself, and not just for my kids! Thanks!

Chaney said...

Awesome skirt! I linked to mobsquad5.blogspot.com. THANKS SO MUCH!

ttfranz said...

Sweet skirt!! I love, love, LOVE the apron look of it! This one is now bumped to the top of my "To Make" list ;)

Katrina & Sabra, instead of having to sew from hip to knee to prevent the inside wrap from slipping, would a small button & button hole attached on either side of the waist in the bias tape work? That would eliminate having any stitching show and still keep the skirt from slipping?

Alison said...

What a clever, clever idea!!! I spend way too much time making stuff for everyone else... I think I need this skirt for me!! Thanks for sharing!!


Red House Happenings said...

I LOVE It so much that I just made one and you are totally right. It only took 30 minutes. LOVE...LOVE....LOVE. Thanks so much for sharing. I will def link this up on my blog.

Jennifer @ No Place Life Home said...

So cute. It is definitely on my to-do list.

Hi I'm Amy, said...

Amazing! Love it.

casserole said...

Your skirt is FABULOUS!!! I'm lovin' that wrap design. I am SO adding this to my must-sew list! (Now if only I can get the time to tackle the list...)

I featured your tutorial out at Craft Gossip Sewing:


Hillary Monroe said...

I walked the malls this past weekend looking for a skirt of a neutral color that would go with almost anything, only to find skirts that would barely cover most women's undies. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for solving this problem for me! I CAN and WILL make my own skirt. I've never sewn clothing before but this tutorial seems so simple. I'm excited to go shopping for fabric now! :) Thanks again and again and again...

Plookiss said...

what a great idea, excellent for travel too :)

Line said...

Amazingly clever! I love the idea and will definitely try to make myself one (though I don't really know when...).
However, being French and a complete beginner at sewing (I don't even own a sewing machine!), I'm not sure I understood well: the bottom of the skirt is slightly wider than the top?
Thanks for the great tutorial as well!
(linedupuy at hotmail dot fr)

Sabra said...

Wow! thank you all so much for the comments and support.

Line: yes, the skirt's lines are at an angle going out at the bottom. If you look at my sketch of the idea for the skirt(one post before)it might help to make the idea more clear. I wanted it to have that angle to give it a better drape on the body.

The Oxford Family said...

I linked this to my blog...hope that is ok! If not please let me know!

Here it is!

Caroline said...

Love it!! But can you please explain the measurements again?

- How wide is the fabric at the top and how wide is it at the bottom?

Linking to you from http://kids-couture.blogspot.com/


Hillary Monroe said...

If you sew a top stitch along the edges you might not get the under-side layer peeping out. Just a thought. :) I'm hopefully going to make this great skirt this week. THANK you again for such a fun and easy idea!

misscraftyfingers said...

this is really cute and wearable! :) i think i want to make one too :D thanks for the tutorial!

Sabra said...

Caroline, I think I'm too proud to actually announce my measurements on here :) But the top of the skirt is twice my waist, all the way around. The bottom is twice my waist plus half my waist measurement. Does that help at all?

And thanks for all the link-love, everyone! Really, thanks so much!

Colby, Joani, Brendon & Jacob said...

Where did you find your cute fabric?

Red House Happenings said...

Sabra, you are more than welcome to post my pic on your blog. I'm so glad you liked it.

Ashley @ Ashley's Craft Corner said...

This is no longer on my to-do list. I actually made it and I totally love it! I posted about it here:

Oh, and I hope you don't mind that I posted a pic of your version in my post.

Digital Misfit said...

Great tutorial!
There was a feature in a 1953 edition of Companion magazine (Queen Elizabeth's coronation issue) with a skirt just like this, except made in formal fabrics as evening wear. They did not have a tutorial, but referenced some mail order pattern.
I love the versatility!

Hillary Monroe said...

Ok, so I made it yesterday and wore it to pick up my kids from school and so many people commented on the skirt's cute design. You're amazing!
As for the "peeping" from the inner fabric - I think that could be solved with a simple stitch just above the bias tape from the corner of each side of the skirt. If you put on the skirt and mark it to where you want it to fold (and stay folded) and sew a line from the edge of the skirt to that point then it will stay. I tried the quick-step approach (ie safety pin) and it worked great - no more peeping! So a straight stitch should do the trick. :)
Thanks again for the great idea. I now am so excited to sew even more cute skirts for myself and my two girls. It was the perfect skirt to use as a first-step to sewing clothes. :)

The Liechtys said...

I love this skirt! I'm in the process of making one and I can't wait to wear it!

Could you maybe post a pic of where the stitch for the inner fabric fix goes? I'm a visual learner and I'm confused! :o) Thanks!

Lei said...

GO YOU!!! You are rockin' that skirt. :o)

my word verification proves it: hotlion ROFL!

Amanda said...

This is great! Thank you for sharing!

Tricia @ Mom Goin' Crazy said...

I've featured you on my blog and am hoping to make my own skirt. I love this skirt and am not a skirt wearing kind of girl.

Kaysi said...

I love this skirt. I loved it so much that I actually made one, so thanks for the awesome tutorial!


Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

This is the cutest cutest skirt. I'd love to see all kinds of combinations of fabrics. I love the look of a apron but it seems kind of silly to wear out of the house...but this is the perfect solution. Pure Genius.

Gypsy Rose said...

Fabulous skirt. Can't wait to get to the fabric store. I'll be making one for each of my daughters too. I think this will make a great beach coverup too

hipchic~cynde said...

Definitely putting this in the must make for summer file!!
Love it :)

Home's Jewels said...

Your skirt is so cute, I posted the pattern directing them back to your website on the brand new sewing forum: mysewingcircle.com

You might consider posting more of your tutorials there :)

For "brand name" I put Sew a Straight Line - if you want something different, contact me on my blog.

The Sewist said...

Great Tutorial!

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Check it out here

Dont forget to grab the "i've been featured button"

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wardhouse said...

I found your blog via the SMS giveaways - love this skirt! Thank you for posting the tutorial. I'm going to try my hand at making one.

filambulle said...

Last summer I invented pretty much the exact same skirt but for a detail that solves your bagging problem: I have an elastic running around the waist opening. This helps reducing the opening (made to pass around my moherly hips) to my actual waist size. When I close the ribbons on front (yes, I used satin ribbons, another variation!) the back part is almost without a gathering.
Oh, and I sew a line that goes from the hips to the bottom angles.

I like your choice of fabric and your proportions very much. This inspire me to sew another of those skirts, so thanks a lot!


klfarley said...

I absolutely love this skirt and love your fabric selection. Please tell me where I can get this fabric! I've been searching online for days and hit up my fabric store with no luck. HELP!

Sabra said...

the fabric is Darlene Zimmerman from the Granny line by Chanteclair. I couldn't find it online anywhere, either. I'm assuming it's from a few years ago, even though I just picked it up. My local fabric store is a back alley place in a very small town. Inventory moves so slowly that they don't leave the lights on, only turning them on at customers' request, to avoid light damage. Seriously. But I would think any feedsack inpired print would be about the same. I went in looking for '30s inspired fabric, and scored with this stuff being in the clearance bin (though I had to ask for the lights to be turned on to find it!!)

Sourkraut said...

I didn't wait long after discovering your tutorial to whip up one of my own. Great skirt! I blogged about my attempt here:

Kim J said...

I made this skirt for my daughter today. It looks cute! Although, maybe I didn't understand the directions specifically. I did her waist measurements...and her length fom her waist to knees was 16". I didnt quite understand how the whole angle thing fit it...so for me, I just cut a rectangle. Also, I don't understand how to keep the inside fabric from "peeping" out...where is that stitch supposed to go? Thanks!

Bree said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I found this last week & just had to make one for myself. Unfortunately I made it a little too difficult for myself (lack of sleep will do that to a person), but now that I know what I'm doing I'll definitely be able to whip these out like it's nothing!

Thanks again!

I shared it on my blog here:

bnlfrazier said...

What a sweet pattern! Any idea how much bias tape to buy if I choose not to make it?

Blah Blah said...

I have the instructions but I'm a novice seamstress and I was wondering how are the two pieces sewn together so that when you wrap it around it looks like the photo? Sorry for the silly questions but I'm clueless. Alana F

Kirsten said...

I've featured this project in a special skirt collection on AllFreeSewing.com. Hope you enjoy,




Maggie said...

That is an adorable skirt! It will be the first thing off my sewing machine when I get home. And I'm so glad to have found your blog - I'll be reading often.

Karrieann said...

This is my dream come true.. I love wrap skirt styles but disliked the flap getting blown open to expose me! This pattern will remedy that issue!... I will make few of these soon.. with some adaptations! Thanks for sharing!

Kathmonkey said...

I love this skirt! But Hilary Monroe's fix for the inside of the skirt flapping out is kind of unclear to me - please could someone post a simple picture of where the straight line stitching goes?

I really want to make this skirt, so please!!

Lynne said...

I measured out the trim (for 35in hip by 20 in length at about 5 and a half yards of bias tape (it depends on your own measurements plus how long you want your ties to be). You'll need twice your waist measurement (for the tops of both sides of skirt), plus twice the bottom measurement (for the bottom hem), plus additional length for the ties (I used about 13 inches on each side but I think Sabra used longer ties).

And Kathmonkey, I can't attach a photo but from my understanding you want to basically sew a portion of the bottom of the skirt closed on either side (just like you did at the top of the skirt) to keep the inside from peeping out. Sew along, or right above, the bias tape hem, starting at one bottom side seam, and sewing a line however many inches long you need (like maybe 8?). Then do the same on the other side of the skirt. Does that make it more clear?

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EllieBelle said...

What a great skirt! Thanks for the creativity!!

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Shannon said...

What a clever, cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

gracielynn's said...

SO SO Cute.. very smart of you .i think I will sew one..
A hint.. if you don't happen to have a bias tape maker.. Pin a Large saftey pin on your ironing board.. run the strip of fabric through it & iron it as you pull it through.

Maryellen said...

I am dying to try making this skirt, but I can't figure out the waist measurement. I take half my waist and mark it on a folded piece of fabric, then when I unfold it, it's just going to be the size of my waist all around, isn't it? How do you make it big enough so you have the flaps coming off either side of your waist? (e.g., that you then wrap around your waist)

Sabra said...

Maryellen, sorry it get confusing. But it's your entire, all around waist measurement divided by two and then marked on a folded piece. OR you could do your entire waist measurement all around NOT divided marked on an unfolded piece. When combined with the other panel (front and back), you'll get two times your entire waist measurement total. Does that help? You can email me if you want and I'll try to walk you through it better.

Brandy said...

Genius! I might not get to my sewing machine fast enough!

Xenalia said...

I made this skirt and it was NOT easy. I would say it took me about 2.5 hours and I am a seasoned sewer. Also the person who designed the skirt must be really skinny because 3/4 of a yard was not enough fabric for me. I bought 1 yard and it still wasn't wide enough. I wear size 12 pants but I like to wear my skirts bigger so they sit lower on my hips.I measured my waist at 38". So if you are larger, I would suggest buying more yardage and not cutting on the selvedge but matching the cut ends instead.
After all that work, the skirt doesn't lay right since I didn't have enough fabric.

Sabra said...

Xenalia, I'm sorry it didn't work for you. Hopefully you can use the fabric for something else, since it should just all be a couple big rectangles still, right? But yeah, frustrating.

bellydancingmavis said...

I love this idea, but sadly, it didn't work well for me either - I think it might be something to do with waist to hip ratio. If you're a bit of a pearshape it doesn't lie right (despite the added dart ajustments)- think big pointy flappy-out bits at the bottom. Might give it one more try with a more flexible fabric. Still, thank you for the inspired pattern. :D

Carole said...

That is adorable, though I'm not sure I'm up to the task. lol

I'm staring at those adorable shoes too. :-)

Amanda McEwen ~ $5 Hems and more ~ said...

i am absolutely making at least one of these for myself. I am a complete home maker, i make my own bread and pasta blah blah. BUT I'm always wiping my hands on my clothes and then regretting it. I am going to make this with a little flair to it with a gathered waste. most likely with elastic in it and side seams. then the flaps will have a little gather to them, no elastic, so that when it is tied it meets right down the front. so when you walk, you get a little flash of the inner color. THANK YOU!! i love this!

Roxie Kemmitz said...

I love this skirt. I made one for myself and wear it all of the time. I have had a TON of compliments on it! I had the same issue with the waist on the front peeking out, but it works just fine for me(although I do like the button idea and it could easily be added). Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to share your tutorial!

Judy said...

I am a Great Grandma and I love this skirt too. You have put me in the mood to make some skirts. Might be making some for the girls in the family if it is a hit. Thanks!

Jacqueline said...

I shared on e of your photos from this post last week and forgot to comment to tell you. It is such a neat tutorial :) http://www.deeprootsathome.com/a-portrait-of-feminine-dress-part-5-around-the-house/
Thanks for sharing it!

Jeanette said...

Thank you so much for posting this cute idea. I am a mediocre sewer at best and often adhere to the "that's good enough" mantra. I made this skirt for a Minnie mouse costume using a heavy, (not slimming) super cute, red and white polka dot fleece. Instead of making the bias tape I just used a roll of black and white polka dot ribbon across the back piece...it turned out so cute! In my corner cutting fashion I just ironed fusible seam tape to keep the fabric in place. It is perfect for a costume and now that I have done it once I am going to try and make a "real" one for me. Thanks again!

Sabra said...

Jeanette, I'm so glad!! Your shortcuts sound perfect, especially for a costume. Thanks so much for your comment!

Trista Gish said...

What a great skirt! My sis-in-law is a stay at home momma and she would just love this. I thought i had the measurements figured out, but now I am not so sure. Can you tell me how many inches across the top and the bottom panels of the skirt sections should be if I need to accomodate a 38" lower waist measurement? Thanks!!

Sabra said...

Trista, I'm really not sure. It's been so long since I made my skirt. Maybe just add a couple more inches to both, based on my measurements I listed on this tutorial? The way this skirt is made and fits, it really does allow for quite a bit of leeway in the fit. One thing, I'd increase the length. I always have wished I'd made mine longer. Good luck!

Jenny Bowker said...

I just made three - longer as my daughter is off to Africa for a year and has to wear skirts.

Jenny Bowker said...

And - I made straight tape as it is easier and on straight edges.

Leelee said...

I love this idea! I am pregnant at the moemnt and need to find ideas for skirts and this seems sooo simple and easy! I am going to try this in the coming week, when I get some fabric and bias tape :)

dodi said...

Great tute!!! Cannot wait to try this! :))

I had a thought for the peeping fabric fix.... instead of just sewing a 1/4 of the way in on the waist, why not sew until your just within enough space to slip comfortably into the skirt?? Leaving a good 2" beyond natural waistline??

Without having made it yet, this might not be a good suggestion? But my mental finished project thinks it would! :)

Kat said...

I made your skirt last summer, in the middle of move and in a hotel room. We have moved to Vancouver Island from Northern BC and it was HOT! I had packed mostly jeans and needed something to survive the heat! Thanks for the tutorial and thank for an awesome skirt. I loved being able to flip it and have a clean skirt. :)

Sabra said...

Dodi, I'm sure that would work. And I totally understand on the mental finished project thing. If only I could get those images to translate to real life easier!!

Kat,YAY! I love hearing stuff like that! And I really love that you were sewing in your hotel room. Awesome!

Lizzie Tisch said...

I wish I knew how to sew! I need to find someone to reach me. :(

Kaylee Ligas said...

The skirt is very cute.. but..I would really love to know where you got those super super cute shoes??

Kaylee Ligas said...

The skirt is very cute.. but..I would really love to know where you got those super super cute shoes??

Adrielle H said...

I couldn't understand the "peeping" fix idea, can you post an updated picture with the stitching, so we can see from where to where it should go?

Issy's Divine Creations said...

This is a way cuter, and easier, wrap skirt than the traditional wrap skirt. I will be making a few of these in the near future.

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Aileen Elizabeth Stephens said...

now I know what to do with all those sarongs I have but never seem to wear these days! great idea! and as a new mum to be,I see potential as some comfy light and adjustable maternity gear! thanks for sharing Sabra!

Issy's Divine Creations said...

I know this is almost six months later but this skirt is just a series of straight lines. There are tons of youtube videos out there that will teach you sewing machine basics while sewing a small item you can make along with them.

jjflamingo said...

I am planning to make this with a couple of variations. First of all, I plan to use vintage sheets for the project, as I have collected several, and wondered what to do with them. Also, since they are thinner fabric, I may use 4 panels (2 on each side, to create sort of a slip inside the whole thing. It would probably work to use more of a nylon or slippery material on the inside part to keep the extra panels from sticking together and making it difficult to move. Also, it might be too heavy if I used sheets for the lining too. Anyway, I LOVE the look of this! I will definitely make it, and in a longer version too.

kwhittaker said...

this is so cute, but I tried to make one and the problem I have is that when I tie the skirt in front, the material under the tie (up against your stomach...the front panel) bunches a whole lot! It looks so sloppy! It's like a I can't get it tight enough around my waist to tie it without it bunching underneath. Someone mentions elastic, but not sure how that is sewn in... *sigh*...I had high hopes for this!!! Any ideas!?

Sabra at Sew a Straight Line said...

kwhittaker, oh, no! I made this skirt 3.5 years ago, so it's been a while for me. But maybe you could do what some have said about adding a button to right where your waist is? That way you can still pull the skirt on easily, but there won't be excess fabric trying to work its way to the front. Good luck!

E. Walker said...

Why not add elastic to each of the two skirt panels. Measure your waist, cut the elastic in half and either sew it on the top of each skirt panel or make an inch and a half fold to insert the elastic. Tack the elastic on each side of the top skirt on the wrong side. Attach ties at the ends, sew the three sides of the skirt right sides together. Sew each end of the top skirt up to the side where the elastic is tacked. Try on the skirt and tie the ends. Top stitch around the edge to keep the skirt sides in place, if you want to.

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