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How-Tuesday: Make a Gathered Skirt With DIY Couture

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Even as a competent seamstress, UKer Rosie Martin found the pattern for a friend’s wedding dress to be complicated and daunting. It soon occurred to her how helpful a simple, visual set of instructions would be, giving her friend the confidence to sew her own outfit. And so, DIY Couture was born.

DIY Couture supports the slow revolution by helping people to produce garments that are precious, rather than disposable. This is the antithesis of “fast fashion.” Rosie’s books, which are available for download on her website, help all sorts of people make their own clothes from scratch. Once completed, the collection will consist of twelve simple, classic pieces that can be almost endlessly reinvented.

Rosie believes our humanity lies in our desire to make stuff, and it is her admiration for human hands that brought her to Etsy. Today she shares an exclusive gathered skirt How-Tuesday project with trademark easy-to-follow diagrams, photos and instructions. What a treat!

Supplies and Equipment You’ll Need:

Fabric
A length of elastic (as wide or narrow as you like), slightly shorter than your waist
Measuring tape
Thread
Scissors
Safety pin
Iron
Sewing machine

Directions:

1. Take your tape measure and measure the full distance around your body, just under your hips, where your bum is at its biggest peak. Add six centimetres to the measurement and write that number down. You need to cut a rectangle of fabric that is this wide.

2. Lay your fabric out with the right side facing upwards towards you. Take your tape measure and lay it along the bottom horizontal edge of your fabric. Measure the number you have just written down along this bottom edge and put a pin into your fabric at this point.

3. Take the left, vertical edge of your fabric and fold it over to the right, so the corner meets the point where you have just placed the pin.

4. Now you need to decide how long you want your skirt to be. The skirt is suited to being almost any length, from very short, to above the knee, to very long. Stand in front of a mirror and hold the end of your tape measure at your waist (or wherever you want you skirt to sit) and let it dangle down. Decide where you want the edge of your skirt to hang and take a look at the measurement at that point. Write it down.

5. Measure the width of the elastic you have chosen and add this, plus an extra 3cm (1 1/4″), to the number you have written down.

6. Measure this final number up the vertical folded edge and put a pin there.

7. Cut a straight line into your fabric from this point until you meet the edge of your folded bit, then cut down along the edge of the folded piece.

8. You have now cut your rectangle, which is folded in two. Even up the vertical edges so that one lies directly on top of the other and pin them together…

…Next, sew the folded rectangle together up the pinned side, with a line of straight stitch running about 1cm (1/3″) away from the very edge of the fabric.

9. Lay your piece out flat so that you can see the seam you have just sewn. You need to iron the flaps you have just created so that they sit flat against your fabric, rather than sticking up…

…Iron them open like the pages of an open book.

10.  Take your piece and zig-zag stitch along the edge of each flap to stop it from fraying. 

11.  Whilst you are at your machine, zig-zag stitch both the top and bottom edge, making sure you stitch the flaps of your seam open like a book.

12. Make a tunnel to thread your elastic through to form your pinched waistband. With your skirt still inside out, fold the top edge over towards you. Fold it the same width as the elastic you are going to use, plus an additional 2cm (3/4″). Pin the fold.

13. Sew the fold down with a line of straight stitch running close to the zig-zagged edge (a few centimetres away from the very top of your piece). Begin your line of stitching just below the hem you made…

…Stop your line of stitching about 6cm (2 1/2″) before you reach the point where you began — this leaves you an entrance hole to access your tunnel.

14. Now you need to push your elastic into the unsewn entrance to your tunnel. Attach a safety pin to the end of your piece of elastic and push it into the gap. Use your fingers to work your elastic into the tunnel you have made, wriggling the safety pin along.

15. Stop threading the elastic when the visible end of it is just about to disappear into the tunnel. Wriggle this end into position, so it is sitting flat, quite close to the vertical seam, then pin it down with a couple of pins…

…Run over the elastic with a short line of straight stitch, right next to the vertical line of your seam. Your stitches will go through both the front and back layers of the fabric and the elastic.

16. Now continue wriggling your safety pin along the tunnel. Your fabric will start to gather up as you do this. Keep pulling the elastic around until the safety pin emerges at the unsewn gap.

Remove the safety pin and, with a firm grip on your elastic, tug it so that the end lines up with the end you have sewn down. Put a couple of pins in to hold it in place then sew over this end with straight stitch too.

17. Finish this off by running over the entrance to your tunnel so that it is closed, completely encasing the elastic.

18. Try your skirt on and see if you are happy with the length. If it is too long, take it off and trim some fabric from the bottom edge. If you would prefer it to be longer, you can add an extension. Please see the DIY Couture website for advice on joining pieces of fabric together.

19. When your skirt is the length you would like it to be, finish off the bottom edge by hemming it. With your skirt inside out, simply fold the bottom edge up about 1cm and stitch the fold into place with a line of straight stitch. To finish off neatly, iron the hemmed edge. You have made a skirt!

Further Resources from Rosie:
Start Sewing
— A really good website to get started with video tutorials and written tips.
The Sewing Forum  A brilliant forum for people at all levels of the sewing spectrum. Really well organised and monitored with prompt, helpful responses to any questions you might have.

 

Many thanks to Rosie for sharing this exclusive design with us! Be sure to visit DIY Couture for more of her fantastic handmade clothing projects. You can keep up with the latest from DIY Couture on Twitter and join the Facebook group.

 

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  • TheTruffler

    TheTruffler says:

    great tutorial, I'll definitely be giving it a go!

    4 years ago

  • Ayca

    Ayca says:

    Lovely article!Thanks for sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    sUPER ! thanks a lot !

    4 years ago

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile says:

    It looks so simple!

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Beautiful looks great and easy! Fantastic : ) thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • PillowTalks

    PillowTalks says:

    Neat. thanks for sharing

    4 years ago

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance says:

    This was a very goodmarticle for new sewers. The instructions with illustrations and photos were Excellent.

    4 years ago

  • BeaumontStudio

    BeaumontStudio says:

    Easier than curtains!

    4 years ago

  • Morado

    Morado says:

    looks so easy to make but im sure it not :o) super cute!

    4 years ago

  • ArcSquare

    ArcSquare says:

    great!! nice DIY.

    4 years ago

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings says:

    What a fantastic tutorial!! Don't be scared of your sewing machine :)

    4 years ago

  • dafnadagan

    dafnadagan says:

    grate thank's:)

    4 years ago

  • janinebasil

    janinebasil says:

    Nice article! I'm all for more people sewing :D

    4 years ago

  • sewnewthings

    sewnewthings says:

    Such great visual instructions - well done!!

    4 years ago

  • sugarcookie

    sugarcookie says:

    What kind of fabric works best for this? I would like to try it! ~[;3]

    4 years ago

  • JackieAyres

    JackieAyres says:

    :) Simple and cute.

    4 years ago

  • tomatored

    tomatored says:

    I might be able to do this one! thanks os much!

    4 years ago

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire says:

    That looks great! Thanks for sharing it!

    4 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Thanks for sharing, maybe this old chic can learn to sew. :)

    4 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    great tutorial and tips!

    4 years ago

  • roseglen

    roseglen says:

    Love how she has laid everything out in easy to follow step by step process, so helpful for those who find it daunting

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    The 12 piece concept is a wonderful idea. Congrats to you and thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse says:

    This is great! I'm so excited to try this out!

    4 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    Nice, fantastic items Love them all.

    4 years ago

  • marcelacamargo

    marcelacamargo says:

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing

    4 years ago

  • chainchainchained

    chainchainchained says:

    very easy instructions. will try this soon!

    4 years ago

  • roundabout1

    roundabout1 says:

    love the step by step ....can't wait to try it!

    4 years ago

  • roundabout1

    roundabout1 says:

    love the step by step...can't wait to try it!!

    4 years ago

  • BizzyBizzyJamJam

    BizzyBizzyJamJam says:

    Great simple pattern and awesome pictoral instructions for beginning seamstresses. I will have to share this with a few timid friends. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    I am *definitely* a beginning sewer, all the way. Even though all of the women on my mom's side are amazing seamstresses, i never got the hang of the craft and art for sewing. But, I might give this one a whirl!

    4 years ago

  • BirdcageCards

    BirdcageCards says:

    I loved this tutorial! Such a cute and easy pattern. As a very novice seamstress I feel confident that I can tackle this little project (and actually wear it) and I'm excited to find a use for that extra fabric I have. Thanks sooo much for sharing this How-To! -Kate

    4 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    Great & simple tutorial!

    4 years ago

  • JimmyKdesigns

    JimmyKdesigns says:

    awesome! thank you for all the detail and the time you took!

    4 years ago

  • JimmyKdesigns

    JimmyKdesigns says:

    p.s. if anyone can answer this please convo me, the image where it shows the top of the skirt going around the sewing machine, is this possible to do on an industrial? I have been wanting an industrial for a while but I do not understand how I would do edges without a space for my fabric to hang...

    4 years ago

  • JMGJewelDesign

    JMGJewelDesign says:

    excellent tutorial! I'd love to see more like this!

    4 years ago

  • jargonhead

    jargonhead says:

    Thanks for this article! I can't wait to try this out.

    4 years ago

  • themarketintheglen

    themarketintheglen says:

    That was truly the best instructions both in pictures and in written details that I have ever come across. I don't have any questions and feel perfectly confident I can now go and make my own skirt. Thank you for introducing us to this amazing resource!

    4 years ago

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden says:

    jimmyk you should be able to pull the opposite side of the skirt away without a problem but little sleeve hems are more of a pain. Great article! We should have more sewing tutorials here, I would be willing to do one;)

    4 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    Excellent how-to tutorial. I can already imagine how pretty this skirt would look in all different colors/patterns.

    4 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    Brilliant, Rosie! Pictures speak a thousand words. Most commercial patterns are terribly designed from sizing, proportion to instruction. Almost always, there's a simpler, more intuitive manner of construction that saves time as well. Makes me wonder who's designing those mistakes over & over and which schools they attended.

    4 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Great! Love the dinosaur.

    4 years ago

  • TheStache

    TheStache says:

    I'm trying this tonight! Thanks so much for sharing. I love the 12 piece collection!

    4 years ago

  • cherryblossomtattoo

    cherryblossomtattoo says:

    That's fab and thank you - tweeted it to the big wide world x

    4 years ago

  • 1AEON

    1AEON says:

    yeah! "make it work!"

    4 years ago

  • UsagiRabbit

    UsagiRabbit says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I've been wanting to make some clothes but wasn't sure where to start. This shall be my first project! ^_^

    4 years ago

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT says:

    Oh I love this! I have been toying with the idea of sewing my own clothing so this was really helpful! Thanks. :)

    4 years ago

  • TalentsDesign

    TalentsDesign says:

    wow great exposition. also this seems simple enaugh even I can go for it!!! Yeah hippo with a skirt!!

    4 years ago

  • TStyles

    TStyles says:

    Great skirt, and thanks for sharing, maybe I'll make my oun one day

    4 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    How fun...the photo chosen of the women sitting on the machines at the laundromat fantastic!

    4 years ago

  • thepixelprince
  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative says:

    Great tutorial. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • desertrocksjewelry

    desertrocksjewelry says:

    Great tutorial! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • handknittedthings

    handknittedthings says:

    Great tutorial! Excellent pictures and diagrams. Thanks for including my crochet pattern too.

    4 years ago

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop says:

    great items - and thanks for "showing us the steps!"

    4 years ago

  • candacejean

    candacejean says:

    CUTE! I'll HAVE to try. Thanks so much for this!

    4 years ago

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet says:

    Cool I feel like I could do that and I can't sew.

    4 years ago

  • greengirlieusa

    greengirlieusa says:

    Thanks. You always make stuff look so easy.

    4 years ago

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads says:

    It looks so easy and so cute

    4 years ago

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump says:

    Fun project! Problem is now I need to get my hands on a sewing machine...uh oh!

    4 years ago

  • localevintage

    localevintage says:

    I love the idea of sewing, but really all I have ever made on my machine is curtains and pillow cases. I am going to give this a try. I think even I can do this! Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    Very nice! It looks attainable even for a non-sewer like me!

    4 years ago

  • bonbiforest

    bonbiforest says:

    Fantastic! I have been after a new skirt for a while and think I'm going to give this a go :) Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    Thanks for the article, love these

    4 years ago

  • anasbabycouture

    anasbabycouture says:

    Great tutorial!!

    4 years ago

  • CrazyAngelArt

    CrazyAngelArt says:

    can't get much easier than that....thanks for sharing ur creative thoughts with us....as always...PeaCe.

    4 years ago

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut says:

    Thanks for sharing Rosie. I find tutorials and images to step you through a process make it much less intimidating to try new things. Wonderful. And cute skirt!!

    4 years ago

  • thaitee

    thaitee says:

    LOVE them

    4 years ago

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot says:

    magnificent and so much fun to do with others!

    4 years ago

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi says:

    adorable skirt! and so easy to make

    4 years ago

  • victoriabea

    victoriabea says:

    super cute! beautiful tutorial.

    4 years ago

  • sparegusink

    sparegusink says:

    sweet tutorial! I love gathered skirts!

    4 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez says:

    You make it look so easy & I love how you used drawings & pictures to explain....thanks!!!

    4 years ago

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove says:

    OMG totally going to do this skirt!

    4 years ago

  • MattnKaylee

    MattnKaylee says:

    A perfect project to try on my new machine!

    4 years ago

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings says:

    Great instructions! I need some new outfits for work, I will definitely be trying this out!

    4 years ago

  • DanceLikeIts1492

    DanceLikeIts1492 says:

    Can't wait to try it! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    Fun. Easy. Cute. What more could you need? Thanks for the great tutorial!

    4 years ago

  • DIYcouture

    DIYcouture says:

    Thanks for all the nice comments : ) - the skirt really is super easy so please dive in and give it a go and wear what you made proudly. Bestest- Rosie xx

    4 years ago

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy says:

    Great DIY -- thank you for sharing!! :)

    4 years ago

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker says:

    Thanks for sharing. It looks fairly easy, so I just might try it.

    4 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Oh! Very cool!! Thanks!!

    4 years ago

  • TweetTweetBluebird

    TweetTweetBluebird says:

    WOW!! So amazingly simple and super cute!! Thanks so much!! May have to break out the sewing needles pretty soon!

    4 years ago

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns says:

    This is great! I love the simplicity of it, yet it is contemporary! Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • rule42

    rule42 says:

    Thanks, as simple as it is, it really helps to have all the details in one place. Now I'm going to put some of my fabric to work, finally!

    4 years ago

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag says:

    THANK YOU! What a simple explanation....smiles.

    4 years ago

  • tailorbee

    tailorbee says:

    Thank for being so nice. The instructions are easy and clear. Love people like you!

    4 years ago

  • PrettyIngrid

    PrettyIngrid says:

    Fantastic! I can't wait to try this. Thank you for being so generous and sharing!

    4 years ago

  • PrettyIngrid

    PrettyIngrid says:

    Thank you for being so generous and sharing! I can't wait to try this :)

    4 years ago

  • bellasnest

    bellasnest says:

    Thanks! Looks easy!

    4 years ago

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka says:

    Great instructions!

    4 years ago

  • greenhotmama

    greenhotmama says:

    Nice tutorial. I like the combination of graphic illustrations and photos. Your instructions are also worded very well. I can't wait to check out your other items!

    4 years ago

  • thepinklocket

    thepinklocket says:

    So Cool!

    4 years ago

  • minusplusminus

    minusplusminus says:

    THANKS! Looks easy and lovely! Anyone has advice on a good pencil skirt pattern?

    4 years ago

  • brideblu

    brideblu says:

    Looks easy-peasy and so very versital! Love this DIY :)

    4 years ago

  • wvclaylady

    wvclaylady says:

    Very cool! Oh how I WISH Etsy had a way to save favorite blog posts!

    4 years ago

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk says:

    We L-O-V-E the simplicity of whipping out this skirt! Great FUN!!! Come see all the fun we're having at LeafandInk here in Portland Oregon USA! http://leafandink.wordpress.com/ Subscribe to our blog and become a member of our LeafandInk family! http://leafandink.wordpress.com/ We are so excited to meet you!!!

    4 years ago

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns says:

    cute & simple, I love it! <3 Andrea

    4 years ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie says:

    It's never too late to learn how to sew! Great post!

    4 years ago

  • crudeco

    crudeco says:

    Sweet and simple, reminds me of the skirts my mom would make for me as a child. Strict Lutheran family values I wasn't aloud to wear jeans (even knock-off Sears jeans) until I was a junior in high school. My favorites were my mom wool skirts converted into jumpers for me to wear.

    4 years ago

  • TweegleApparel

    TweegleApparel says:

    I think the simplicity of this skirt would make it a good one for some funky printed fabric!

    4 years ago

  • SweetMojoApothecary

    SweetMojoApothecary says:

    very-very cool! I am not the best at sewing, but I think I can pull this one off! THANKS!

    4 years ago

  • rowenamurillo

    rowenamurillo says:

    This is great. I'm planning on repurposing an old tshirt into a skirt, and I think I can use this to figure it all out.

    4 years ago

  • Vidalbuttons

    Vidalbuttons says:

    It's very simple but this kind of skirt only looks good a certain type of silhouette, so one has to be aware of that. Nice well done instructions!

    4 years ago

  • SuperflyLullabies

    SuperflyLullabies says:

    how awesome! great post!

    4 years ago

  • pennymasquerade

    pennymasquerade says:

    Aww this is so cool! Will definitely be trying this! :)

    4 years ago

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead says:

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • ezliving

    ezliving says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns says:

    Super easy and I have fabric just waiting to be used.Think I'll try this!

    4 years ago

  • brendamanthephoto

    brendamanthephoto says:

    I'm into sewing my own clothes, but not having a ton of talent (yet) in that area, I'm a sucker for concise and easy tutorials. Thanks much for the post!!

    4 years ago

  • pommesfrites

    pommesfrites says:

    love the adorable illustrations accompanying this article! This is also a great method for making tube tops :)

    4 years ago

  • FreshCrayons

    FreshCrayons says:

    thanks for the great idea! Love it!

    4 years ago

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy says:

    Coolness! Thanks, Heidi

    4 years ago

  • beauty7

    beauty7 says:

    thanksss!!! I'm gonna make one for my little girl;)

    4 years ago

  • beadweaver

    beadweaver says:

    Wow, these instructions are great! I can't wait until you have all your instructions available - would love to make that wrap top!

    4 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    Very, very cool! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • TheOmegaWorkshop

    TheOmegaWorkshop says:

    .......out comes my sewing machine!!!

    4 years ago

  • bonsta23

    bonsta23 says:

    i can't wait to try and make this skirt!

    4 years ago

  • sillychic

    sillychic says:

    So easy yet so stylish! Love it!

    4 years ago

  • ZombieBoneyard

    ZombieBoneyard says:

    I've been looking for something like this for an idea... I'm loving etsy more and more every day!

    4 years ago

  • TexstyleTextures

    TexstyleTextures says:

    a very good tutorial. as an experience seamstress i marvel at how many people don't know how to sew. this is a great start to learning! the way the elatic was handled was new to me. will give it a try.

    4 years ago

  • GemsandDollsSupplies

    GemsandDollsSupplies says:

    I wish I had a sewing machine for this one!

    4 years ago

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims says:

    Love the visuals for each step and the easy to follow directions. This is awesome! Hmmmm! Might have to dust off the sewing machine and revisit some of that vintage aqua fabric I have in my destash fabric listing.

    4 years ago

  • ModFarmgirl

    ModFarmgirl says:

    I LOVE visual insturctions!!!! At times, it seems like the only way I can learn. Thank you so much Rosie for sharing!!!!

    4 years ago

  • revamped

    revamped says:

    This is a very easy tutorial. I love it!

    4 years ago

  • SweetlyFallen

    SweetlyFallen says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • GlamBlasphemy

    GlamBlasphemy says:

    Love it! It would be amazing to see tutorials like this one more often here, it's sooo easy to follow, pretty, & it isn't expenisve. Thanks!!

    4 years ago

  • scentsibilities

    scentsibilities says:

    you made it look so easy! i'll give it a go. thanks!

    4 years ago

  • AlethaFaye

    AlethaFaye says:

    This is great! now I know what to do with some of my 'scrap' fabric that's been lying around! Yippeee :)

    4 years ago

  • teaparty21

    teaparty21 says:

    Very easy to understand this tutorial! !ROMPER listed now on sale! http://www.etsy.com/listing/52696080/pink-dotty-playsuitromper-on-sale

    4 years ago

  • vivilian

    vivilian says:

    lovely!!! such a beautiful creation!

    4 years ago

  • CakeFaceSoaping

    CakeFaceSoaping says:

    Yay!! i can't wait to make one!!

    4 years ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace says:

    LOVE this!! I am a visual person, so this is just *perfection* -- thank you for sharing. :)

    4 years ago

  • breakerbreaker

    breakerbreaker says:

    Boom! Thanks for the tip!

    4 years ago

  • ANANEE

    ANANEE says:

    I love the photoshots! great.!

    4 years ago

  • debbiechoo

    debbiechoo says:

    this is great!! thanks!

    4 years ago

  • lovealittle

    lovealittle says:

    A brilliant tutorial I shall look forward to showing my students at school :)

    4 years ago

  • AnchorKnits

    AnchorKnits says:

    I will definitely attempt this one, even though I'm a bit of a novice at sewing on a machine. I see someone has asked this, but no-one has answered yet; what kind of fabric would be best for this pattern?

    4 years ago

  • knitteddnonsense

    knitteddnonsense says:

    geez, you'd never know from looking at the skirt that it was so simple to make. i will definetly be making SEVERAL of these babies.

    4 years ago

  • jennc0731

    jennc0731 says:

    I love it! I'll be wearing a new skirt next week!

    4 years ago

  • thevintagehatbox

    thevintagehatbox says:

    Love it. i shall dust my trusty machine off and give it a go. Thanks ever so much doll. v

    4 years ago

  • electricbluebird

    electricbluebird says:

    Very similar to the ones I make for my girls! I have some old vintage tablecloths that I can't wait to use for big girls!

    4 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    I've made about 6 of these so far this summer. I've made them from a vintage pillowcase, a too-big dress with a destroyed zipper (but I loved the fabric!), remade another dress into a skirt and patched some more vintage floral fabric together to make yet another elastic waisted easy pie skirt! :)

    4 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    AnchorKnits I will definitely attempt this one, even though I'm a bit of a novice at sewing on a machine. I see someone has asked this, but no-one has answered yet; what kind of fabric would be best for this pattern? ------- I would suggest anything 100% cotton probably not stretchy, but seriously, you could use any kind of fabric for this. Even your old curtains ala Sound of Music

    4 years ago

  • mytaylormade

    mytaylormade says:

    Great tutorial!! I love your diagrams and your pictures!! Wonderful!!

    4 years ago

  • charlieandsarah

    charlieandsarah says:

    Fabulous Tute! Love the pics and diagram and washers. You're lovely and such a smarty!

    4 years ago

  • DrStrychnine

    DrStrychnine says:

    Awesome! Made it yesterday afternoon in just under 2 hrs including the addition of some sewn on skull and cross bones appliques, wore it last evening out with the girls, got a ton of compliments on it! It was so easy, the tutorial was fantastic and made it's construction a breeze... now my girlfriends wants skirts of their own :D Thanks so much!!!

    4 years ago

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid says:

    I have to try this one!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

    4 years ago

  • greentrunkclothing

    greentrunkclothing says:

    cute and simple skirt. Thanks for the tutorial.

    4 years ago

  • DIYcouture

    DIYcouture says:

    In answer to the question what kind of fabric is most suitable - almost anything but I would recommend staying away from anything really thick and stiff, as the fabric will be reluctant to gather up at the top. Very thin fabric such as chiffon would make smaller wrinkles and would look lovely and delicate. The skirt could also be made very short or a little bit longer.

    4 years ago

  • Lepblythe

    Lepblythe says:

    so simple! love the photo set with big hat!

    4 years ago

  • RubyRedcrafts

    RubyRedcrafts says:

    Great article! You made it so simple and concise for new sewers!I shall pass this on to my student daughter!

    4 years ago

  • lellyrella

    lellyrella says:

    Plan for today: make girlie skirts for brisk weather! Now to find funky tights... ;)

    4 years ago

  • AndisAccessories

    AndisAccessories says:

    I am going to show this to my daughter who hates sewing, I think she would be pleasantly surprised how easy the instructions are. Often that's the biggest obstacle in learning to sew...Complicated instructions. Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • FiveSparrows

    FiveSparrows says:

    This is great-I am just learning the sewing ropes, and this is the perfect tutorial-going out to buy some fabric and make a skirt!

    4 years ago

  • eeekdesigns

    eeekdesigns says:

    wonderful instructions! sew easy to do why wouldn't you not make your own.

    4 years ago

  • neki

    neki says:

    I need this

    4 years ago

  • EliJudyEnterprises

    EliJudyEnterprises says:

    I think sewing is coming back big time, I was a fashion designer years ago and lost all my patterns, but I just bought a book called MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERNS, by rene bergh.

    4 years ago

  • earthygirlshop

    earthygirlshop says:

    Great tutorial and tips! Will definitely try this one!

    4 years ago

  • gaboodles

    gaboodles says:

    OMG! I so so love THIS! <3 saving it when I have my sewing machine. love <3

    4 years ago

  • gaboodles

    gaboodles says:

    @ 13threads <3 I LOVE her shop! wow!

    4 years ago

  • linsjewelbox

    linsjewelbox says:

    Thanks! i m so gonna try although it's been years since i used a sewing machine.

    4 years ago

  • HomeDeconomics

    HomeDeconomics says:

    Skirts are my favorite article of clothing to wear! I use my sewing machine everyday so I just don't have an excuse not to make this skirt!

    4 years ago

  • Cantalupo29

    Cantalupo29 says:

    thanks.! can't wait to try :)

    4 years ago

  • gailscreations1

    gailscreations1 says:

    Thank you for making this look so easy, I always wanted to try but with the patterns they have, I always fumble around. Bless you. Gail

    4 years ago

  • lj1979

    lj1979 says:

    Thanks, this was so easy. I had a dress that was too tight in the top so I used these instructions to turn it into a skirt!

    4 years ago

  • marceletbobine

    marceletbobine says:

    Thanks so much for this kick up the backside/sewing motivation! Just finished mine! Grey loose-weave tweedy fabric, I added tucks at the front to make it more fitted and 4 vintage buttons at the front - sailor style! Perfect work skirt for autumn/winter! (Competition in my unloved shop!)

    4 years ago

  • LindseyCormier

    LindseyCormier says:

    aMAZINg. i'm SO trying that.

    4 years ago

  • annasm

    annasm says:

    thank you! i definitely am inspired to give it a go :D

    4 years ago

  • witticism

    witticism says:

    I love that someone has a strong desire to make sewing garments easy for beginners. My first attempt to make a dress from a commercial pattern turned into a frustrated lump of mess. One of the first success I had was with a skirt just like this. Still have it! Glad to see it posted here with such clear, easy instructions.

    4 years ago

  • DIYcouture

    DIYcouture says:

    Wow Marceletbobine - your skirt sounds brilliant - is there any way you can post pictures of it for us all to see? Rosie xx

    4 years ago

  • cutcopycreate

    cutcopycreate says:

    just stumbled across this, great idea to feature a tutorial type thing. I want a sewing machine so maybe this can be a project once i'm a little more confident.

    4 years ago

  • SickSock

    SickSock says:

    I really like the look of this! Do you think I would be able to give it a go as my first project on a sewing machine? I'd love to try it but I'm a bit afraid of making a big mess :)

    4 years ago

  • rule42

    rule42 says:

    I just made two of these skirts! One is for my daughter's cinderella birthday dress and one is the cutest little black with white polka dot mini. I added a small ruffle to the bottom and it is ADORABLE! I can't wait to wear it tomorrow!

    4 years ago

  • trashsuperstore

    trashsuperstore says:

    so happy to have found someone else into the diy culture. I enjoy making clothes and bows from recycled fabrics and elastic ensures a comfortable fit. great item and i love the idea of more tutorials.

    4 years ago

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig says:

    Great Project! So Easy to understand and Follow.Great Tutorial. Thanks Tammy

    3 years ago

  • JeannieGrayKnits

    JeannieGrayKnits says:

    Wow! You make it sound so simple. I'm going to have to go dust off the old sewing machine. AND go fabric shopping! Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • HandmadeHempMomma

    HandmadeHempMomma says:

    FuN! I have the perfect piece of fabric i'll try with this- handmade skirt here i come! thank you

    3 years ago

  • jewelkingthai

    jewelkingthai says:

    Great,

    3 years ago

  • lidiaesther

    lidiaesther says:

    snap. 2 seams, my kind of sewing.

    1 year ago

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