Showing posts with label skirts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skirts. Show all posts

27 November 2012

The Architect Skirt - an Easy Tutorial



You are the architect for this skirt.  No two skirts will be the same as you can choose any combination of fabrics to form the front panel of this skirt.

For the back panel:       fabric 42 inches wide by 17 inches high

For front panel:            several scraps of fabric

For waistband:             22 inches of waistband elastic

For hem:                      62 inches of double fold bias tape (optional)

STEP 1:  THE BACK PANEL (pink polka dots in the first photo)
For the Back Panel, cut one piece of fabric 42 inches wide by 17 inches high.  This piece forms the back and sides of the skirt. 
STEP 2:  THE FRONT PANEL (the fun part)
To make the front panel, collect several fabric scraps.  You are going to make a panel that is 17 inches high and 17 inches wide in total once your scraps are sewn together.  Anything goes! 

 STEP 3:   Arrange your strips and squares (option shown below) in the order you prefer.  *Note:  don’t put your favorite squares at the top or bottom as they will be partly folded into the hem and waistband.  Your overall arrangement will measure larger than 17 x 17” because of seam allowance.  Once all the pieces are sewn together, your panel will be appx. 17 x 17”.  If it is a little larger, we'll just trim it to fit later.

STEP 4: Stitch all the pieces together

(Finish the raw edges on the back so they don't fray)

Press your panel.  (Doesn't look 17 inches square does it?  Yeah, it's not.  This was an early prototype that was a rectangle).   Carry on.

STEP 5: Take the (white this time) back panel and insert the front panel into it, sewing the seams along the insides.  Now you have a tube-that-wants-to-be-a-skirt.
Topstitch where the two fabrics meet.
STEP 6: Trim the bottom so it is even

Apply double fold bias tape to the hem of the skirt.

STEP 7: Make a casing for an elastic at the waist.

Thread in that elastic
(Finished view of the waistband)


Back when I had the (un)brilliant idea to make this into a saleable PDF pattern, I made about a billion of these prototypes .  Silly me.  I know I'm too lazy to make a PDF pattern and market it.  Seriously.  I'm even too lazy to go get out the other 1,999,997 skirts and arrange them in a photograph for you.

22 October 2012

Elizabethan Collar: That Was Then, This is Now

Sometimes I like to remake an old favorite

That was then

This is now

I did a tutorial for this Elizabethan collar style shirt back in 2009 (click here to go to the tutorial)

It's a jersey shirt with side seams

And every new shirt needs a new skirt, no?  This one is blue embroidered linen with an apple applique.

Another previous version of the neckline.

It's just one big fun jersey ruffle.

16 July 2012

Oilily Shaza Skirt Knockoff (Tutorial)

This style of skirt looks like you spent a bunch of time on it, but it's really quite easy to make.
I love the way Oilily did it (above) - the vibrant mix of color charmed me! I made a similar-but-different version.

Supplies for size 5 (years):
Pink (interior) fabric:  17" tall x 26" wide
Blue (exterior main) fabric:  12" tall x 15" wide
Red (insert panel) fabric:  12" tall by 12" wide

How to:
Take your interior fabric and sew the short sides together forming a tube.

To form the second blue and red tube, sew the short sides of your panels together using a 1/2 seam allowance .  Press.  Now layer the short panel over the longer panel as shown below, offsetting your red panel to one side.

Pick up some double fold bias tape.

Apply to the bottom hem of the short layer.

Now hem the longer layer.  I let mine stick out about 3 inches from beneath the blue layer.

Pull your short layer up to the top and loosely baste them together.  This will be the waistband. 

Finish the raw edge (I used a serger) and fold under 1.5 inches to form a casing for an elastic.  Insert elastic.

Dealing with your short layer, take a 4 inch piece of elastic and s-t-r-e-t-c-h it gently as you sew it to the inside of the side seam.

See how it cinchs up the short layer?  Do this on both sides.

Make a bow out of your remaining bias tape for each side seam (finish their ends with some fray check).

I love this blue print - it is Aneela Hooey's A Walk In the Woods.  I bought some for a quilt and had this piece left over.  Those wolves look so harmless!

28 February 2012

Ikea Strikes Again

I keep showing up at Ikea and they keep selling me fabric. 
I bought this bold green floral print a while back without any particular project in mind.  I found a pair of V's shoes and a shirt that worked well, so I made her yet another skirt.

The fabric is decorator weight (heavy) so I used some cotton interlock to make the waistband.  It's strong enough to support it without adding extra bulk.

Tulle is on everything this year.  And heck, let's throw in some ribbon.


07 February 2012

Grosgrain Skirt Redo

The little brown jacket I made for V last fall needed an accomplice.  The skirt is a plain yellow skirt of mine from the refashion pile.  I cut it down to V's size, but it's still voluminous enough to make her happy.

I added a row of red grosgrain ribbon that I pleated as I fed it through my sewing machine.

I like the pops of red.  We're still mired in snow, but I'm sewing like its spring already.

27 January 2012

Ruffles, Take Two

More ruffles, this time in the form of a skirt.  I often buy fat quarters when I spot a print I like.  A fat quarter  fits my budget.  But what to do with them?

I used these two fat quarters to make long strips which I hemmed on the serger, gathered, and layered on the bottom of a cotton skirt.

That's V, dressed haphazardly like Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.  Or like a three year old.  It works.  If only I could get away with that at the office - a combination of my pyjamas and sunglasses.  Bliss.

22 November 2011

50 Vintage Skirts - Progress Report

Back in June, I started working on some 50 vintage sheet skirts for a holiday charity project.  After I used up all my vintage sheets I branched out a little.

I thought some dolls might want to match their mommas.

I think I'm on skirt #21.  Oops.  That's not 50.

Makes for a happy photo though.