This weekend was FUN! It was three days and nights of girl time, vintage, photo shoots, good food, and crafts. I'm pretty sure we're all going to be blogging about it for a week.
In honor of such a fun weekend I wanted something new to wear but hadn't found anything in awhile. I decided last minute to make a skirt out of a huge vintage sheet in this fantastic print. The colors are lovely and I still have enough left to use as a quilt backing someday.
I used a dress with a similar silhouette as a template and cut out two sides in the fabric shown and two sides in another solid sheet for lining. I stitched the sides of the outer fabric together and repeated with the lining. Then I stitched the outer and lining together at the top with right sides facing together.
Then I folded it right side out and ironed at the top. I stitched along the whole top of the skirt about 1/4" from the top (or where the outer and lining are joined). I added elastic (that I'd already measured and stitched together) and pushed it up as tightly as I could near the top seam in between the outer and inner layer. Then I pinned the elastic down on two opposite sides to keep it sort of in place. Next, I stitched all the way around the skirt underneath the elastic (pulling taut as I went). After I adjusted the waistline I ironed things down.
After I got the waistline taken care of I tried it on and decided on my hemline. I trimmed my excess fabric off. Then I folded the outer fabric in 1/4" and 1" again and ironed flat before stitching it down. Then I folded the lining in 1/2" and again 1", ironed flat, and stitched it down. I wanted to make sure it wasn't peeking out!
It was a quick project and a nice change from dresses only. If you've been wanting to make your own skirts (and other accessories) Elsie and Mallory have a user-friendly E-Course called DIY Dress Up that teaches you sewing skills through pretty projects. It's a good one!
I'm Wearing: Shirt, thrifted. Necklace, two vintage necklaces turned into one. Skirt, duh. Wedges, Target. I wear them a lot these days.
Here's to a lovely week full of sunshine!
photo credit: Elsie Larson