I am loving this sewing right now, I decided to make a cute skirt. This is the first skirt that I have even sewn, so it's not prefect, but I really like it! I saw the idea at Sew a Straight Line. I didn't follow her tutorial exactly (I just don't like following instructions sometimes :D). I had to switch it a little so it would work for me because I really don't know how to sew and so I do it the way is easiest for me.
If I could make this, with little sewing experience, than it must be easy and I know you can do it too :)
2 coordinating fabrics (about 3/4 yard of each)
Lots of ribbon (about 6-10 yards)
This is how I made it:
1) Measure your waist, where the skirt will lie. I measured it loosely. This is the width of the skirt. Then measure the length you want it to be, I wanted mine to be a couple of inches past my knees. So my skirt is 34 in x 22 in
2) Cut the two fabrics. Make sure you cut the fabric a little longer so when you hem it and sew them together. So mine is 36 in x 24 in
3) Hem the edges to make straight lines (I don't know what is with the fabric store, but they cannot cut a straight line!)
4) Now add the ribbon. The top of one fabric you need to have extra ribbon, this will be the tie. I think mine ending up being about 12 inches. I have found whenever I use ribbon, it's safer to burn the edges, just in case it frays.
** Make sure you are sewing this, don't sew all the way to the end of the fabric. Leave about an inch, so when you sew the two fabrics together, you aren't sewing the ribbon inside the skirt. I made this mistake and had to go back to redo it.
5) Add ribbon and sew to the bottom of the fabric
6) Sew ribbon to both fabrics, top and bottom
7) Pin the ribbon to the middle, so it doesn't get the way when you are sewing the two fabrics together
8) Pin the two fabrics together. Make sure you have the fronts facing each other and then sew the two together
9) Flip it inside out and admire your work, you'll almost done!! Then try it on and pin the top so it fits about your waist loosely (or tight, whichever way you like it). Remember to take in account your hips, this hole must go over your hips.
10) Sew a straight line from the outside to the pin, directly on the ribbon. This will make the top hole not as big and it will be much easier to put on
11) Put on the skirt, wrap the sides around and tie. And just like that you have a cute a-line skirt.
Want a different look or it gets messy. Then flip it around and tie it again!
I had so much fun making this, that I made three more, for little girls :)
I just love my baby's belly button hanging out :) All three of these skirts are for sale at my etsy shop!
I didn't stop there though, I thought it would be fun to have a matching accessory, so I made a washer necklace with the fabric.