Christmas Skirt DIY

Season’s Greetings! In honour of the holiday cheer and Christmas spirit I decided to make a lovely Christmas Skirt to wear today.  I had that familiar itch that just makes me want to sew and create.  I started rooting around in our fabric bin and I came across this leftover Christmas patterned fabric.

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The Christmas Fabric

I proceeded to cut one piece that was the width of my waist plus several inches for gathering and seam allowances. I then sewed a tube along the top to fit my elastic through, which I measure to fit snugly at my hips.  After feeding the elastic through my tube I sewed it in place and sewed the tube closed.  I then sewed the the skirt together and made the seam down the side.  I decided to try a blind hem stitch.  If you have never used it, I highly recommend it, because it’s easy and looks amazing!  It does take some practice though so I would suggest trying it out on some scraps before attempting it on the hem.

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The finished skirt

As you can see it looks great, and no stitches visible!

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My Christmas outfit!

I wore it with a gold silk top tucked in and a black cardigan and a black belt to my family’s Christmas Eve dinner last night and I must admit I got many compliments.

However I made some miscalculations and my skirt ended up being a little too big around my hips therefore I needed to wear a belt with it.  But the only belt I had fit around my waist so I ended up having to pull the skirt up higher than where it was meant to be.  Fortunately I can easily take it in and fix the mistake!

Merry Christmas darlings!

xxoo

Kate

Winter Coat

Salut chéries!  So I’ve applied to Ryerson University this year, to the Fashion program and part of the portfolio requirements is to create a garment, so I designed this coat.  Now, I don’t know if I’ve been accepted for a portfolio application yet so I’m really doing this for myself and if the university wants to see my portfolio, this coat is definitely going to be a part of it.

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My design for a winter jacket.

Anyway, this is the design I drew, but since I know nothing about making my own patterns I decided to find a similar pattern at the fabric store and adapt it to my design.  I ended up using a Vogue pattern that I found at the same time I found my fabric, which was on clearance for an amazing price!  I was able to get enough fabric for two coats and it only cost me about $40!

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My clearance fabric!

I absolutely wanted purple fabric.  I think it’s a breath of fresh air to have a bright coloured coat.  I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s getting there!  Stay tuned for the final product, I sure can’t wait to see it myself.

Wish me luck on my application process!

xxoo

Kate

Upcycle Jeans to Skirt

Afternoon all!  I just finished this little project, which I found on Pinterest.  I really liked the idea and thought I would try it out for myself.  I followed this tutorial.  It was certainly easy enough to do, but a little time consuming.  First, I took an old pair of jeans and cut them to the length I wanted plus a couple extra inches for hemming.  I had to rip out the crotch, and side seams, which definitely took awhile.  They sew those jeans to last!  After I had finally finished that, I followed the tutorial and folded the edged and sewed in an extra patch on the back to make a skirt.  That part was difficult because I kept making it too big and it didn’t look right at all.  My suggestion is baste the seams first, try it on, and adjust as necessary.  When I finally got it right, I sewed it together then hemmed the skirt.  (This is also a great tutorial for making a jean mini skirt, just leave out the straps.)  The next part was what took so long, braiding the straps.  I had to keep adding more pieces in because I didn’t have three strips long enough for the whole thing.  I suggest sewing the separate strips together at the ends, it makes it so much easier to braid together.  I sewed the two braids to the front of my skirt first in order to measure where to start braiding them into one and how long I needed it to be.  Then I sewed it in the back and added a bow.  I ended up just tying the bow onto the suspenders with a strip of denim instead of attempting to sew it there.  It was just too thick to fit into my machine or do it by hand.  Here’s the final product!

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The only thing I think I would change is the placement of the suspenders in the front.  I find they’re too close together, which I can easily fix.

I hope you enjoyed this!

xxoo

Kate

Simple Skirt DIY: Part II

Hello!  I was recently shopping for some material for a coat and this gorgeous print caught my eye.

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Since it was on sale I figured I might as well just buy it, and I thought it would make a pretty cute skirt.  I only bought a meter but that was all I needed, and I also bought a thick brown elastic band to match.  I remembered how much I love Simple Skirt and so I decided to make another one.  As I said, I had already decided to make a skirt out of my new material, so why not keep things simple and make another version of my favourite skirt.  It turned out very nicely and it looks great for pretty much any season.  Paired with a tshirt, it looks great in the spring or summer, and with a cozy sweater, tights and a scard it’s nice and cozy in the winter!  It’s so versatile and it can be made in an evening.  Since it’s winter now, I paired it with a sweater, nylons and infinity scarf.

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Hope you enjoyed my newest Simple Skirt!  I’ll be back soon!

xxoo

Kate