Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Flirty skirt

Remember the J. Crew skirt I ogled from afar?

Well, I took advantage of the long weekend to create my own knock-off version.

I can’t wait for the weather to cool off a bit so I can wear it!

I used a skirt I already had to create this version, but I plan to also make one from scratch.

My existing skirt was A-line, below knee length, and had a high waist. It was also lined.

I started by deciding how short I wanted the finished skirt to be, then I cut off the top of the skirt to that length.

Next, I turned the skirt inside out, pinned the lining to the top edge of the skirt, and sewed.

After that, I flipped the skirt back to normal with the pretty side of the fabric facing out and the lining on the inside. I pinned very close to the top edge of the fabric and topstitched all around.

Next, I topstitched twice more at equal intervals.

This created two pockets to hold elastic for the waistband. I used my seam ripper to make small slits in each pocket, and used a safety pin to thread the elastic through. I cut each strip of elastic to a length slightly smaller than my natural waist.

Once the ends of the elastic are sewn together, they create a cute ruffled waistband like this.
I think I like my free version just as much as the 80 buck store version!

Here’s how it looks on:

What styles are you planning to knock off this season?

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Justine said...

I love it! I would love to take some of the warm weather from your town! :)

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sisters4saymoreismore said...

very cute! i love how easy it is... i am kind of obsessed with a paper bag waist and this is similiar... LOVE!


Tracy said...

Wonderful- so impressed! This looks great. I need to come up and have you be my sewing mentor. I'm going to start sending you random images from JCrew and see what you can whip up. ;)

Little Treasures said...

What a lovely skirt you've made! And it looks impeccably done!

P.S. Thank you on the sweet comment regarding my melon necklaces! Glad people like them as much as I do!

Anonymous said...

I love that! I need more skirts in my closet! :)

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com said...

Great work! I'm featuring this tomorrow!