DIY Gathered Skirt

Hello dearies!  I found this lovely lavender jersey a while back but I hadn’t found the time to do anything with it until this week.  Since I’m on spring break, I’ve had plenty of time to work a bunch of little projects I’ve wanted to do.  I decided to make an adorable high waisted ruched skirt out of this fabric, and it turned out absolutely lovely!Image

This is the light jersey fabric I got.  I bought about a metre.

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So I started out by making a pattern for the skirt part.  I just used a bristol board, and then traced it onto some tissue paper, which I pinned to the fabric when I cut.  It was easy enough.  So first I had to take my measurements, which I’ve displayed on the picture below.  (It’s length is 25″.)ImageSo after I cut two of this piece, I basted the edges together.  I did it by hand, but it’s definitely possible to do it using the machine as well.  In fact, it’s probably easier to baste on the machine, but mine doesn’t do it very well, so I just chose to save myself the hassle and do it by hand.  After I basted the edges, I pulled the ends of the threads to create the ruched effect.  I kept going until my skirt was about half the length it originally was.  After this came the tricky part.  I had to sew the edges and keep the ruffles in place.  I’ll admit it took me a couple tries and a LOT of tweaking before it finally looked right.  So my suggestion to you is really push those folds together and push them right into the needle.  I found that if I didn’t keep holding the folds together until they were literally right under the needle, they flattened out and then I had to go over them again.  ImageThis is what the skirt looked like after I pulled the threads to create the gathers.

So, see where the fabric folds and gathers along the edges?  Just hold those together and push them right through the machine to keep them from flattening out when sewing the edges together.

Anyway, after sewing the two sides, I turned the skirt right side out and it was time to sew the waistband in place.  For the waist band, I cut a long rectangle that was the width of my waist and 6″ in length.  I then folded it in half so it was 3″ x 27″ and then I folded it again so it was half the width and I had a big circle.  I sewed the two 3″ sides together so I had my waistband.  I then sewed the bottom of the waist band to the top of my skirt.Image

Sewing the waistband on.

This way when I flip up the waist band, everything is the right side out and it all looks nice and neat.

ImageI really like this skirt, because it’s going to be perfect for springtime.  The colour is absolutely lovely, and it’s one of those skirts that hides all those unwanted bumps and lumps thanks to the gathers in the fabric.  It really smooths everything out, but defines all the right places, due to the stretchy fabric.  And it’s great because I can adjust the gathers make it longer or shorter depending on where I’m going.  I’m very happy with my little project.

Hope this inspires more fashionistas out there to start sewing and be creative!

xxoo

Kate

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Birthday Present

Happy (very) belated New Year!  I know, I know it has been a long time since I’ve posted anything new, I’ve just been swamped with all this work I’ve been putting into my portfolio, among other things.  Anyway, since today is my birthday I decided that as a birthday present to me, I would make myself a wool skirt.  I’ve seen them floating around the internet lately and I just really like the idea of a winter skirt.  So I found this really warm wool sweater from Whistler and I decided to make a skirt out of it.  It only took me about a half hour and all I needed was a sweater, an elastic band, pins and of course my sewing machine.  First I cut the sweater at the armpits and cross stitched the edges to keep it from fraying.  You could also use fabric glue to get the same effect, but I decided to just use a simple cross stitch instead.  I then measure the width of my elastic band and made the tube to insert it.  I used a safety pin to pull it through and then I just stitched the tube closed.  And voila! Done and I have a new skirt to wear this winter.

Final product, Happy Birthday to Me!

Final product, Happy Birthday to Me!

It was very warm when I wore it to dinner tonight.  Definitely comfortable and looks great with an oversized sweater and scarf.  I would definitely recommend nylons or tights to keep warm though!

Hope you enjoyed my little project.

xxoo

Kate

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

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

Simple Skirt DIY

I’ve recently gotten back into sewing and upcycling clothes which is part of the reason I decided to start this blog.  My first project was pretty simple.  I didn’t want to dive right into something complicated on day 1.  After all I’m no expert seamstress so this skirt was a nice little refresher.  I picked up elastic band and some material from the local fabric shop.

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All I did was measure the elastic to wear I wanted the skirt to sit at my waist.  Then I cut my material to double that length.  I folded my elastic in half, pinned it; then in quarters, pinned it; and again in eighths and pinned it.  I did the same with my material then I matched up the pins and pinned the material to the elastic.  I continued putting more pins in to make my pleats.  Next I sewed the edges together then cut it to the desired length with a little extra for hemming.  And voila! And adorable little skirt that I can wear with just about everything.

And it really is versatile, I’ve worn it with black pumps, flats, flip flops, sweaters, t-shirts, tank tops, scarves, etc.  It can be dressed up or down, which is what I really love about it.

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Hope you enjoyed my first little project!

xxoo

Kate