Eight months back I posted a maxi skirt ‘how to‘ using 2 metres of black and white knit fabric to make this…
I mentioned at the end of the post that I had 55 centimeter width of the 2 metres of fabric left to make a short version of the skirt. Well I finally got around to doing just that, following the same simple steps I followed for the maxi skirt.
I sewed the right sides together bringing the narrowest edges together to create a seam and then sewed a casing at the top for the elastic and a hem at the bottom. I’m really happy with the finished product.
This is a little project any novice sewer could take on.
A week back I asked my readers whether I should turn my tablecloth into a skirt…
…after noticing how similar the skirt below was to my tablecloth.
The votes were split so, when I saw a roll of the same fabric at Spotlight reduced to $6 per metre I took the plunge and bought a metre. I cut the fabric up the middle to make one big narrow rectangle.
Then I simply sewed a single seam to turn the rectangle into a circle of fabric.
For the waistband, I folded over the fabric at the top to allow enough space to insert the elastic in a casing with an additional 1.5cm of fabric above this to create the ruffle effect you can see on the waist of the skirt that I was originally inspired by.
I then sewed this band in place, sewing a second seam in the centre of this waist band to create the casing and ultimately the ruffle.
Last step is to sew the hem. So easy!!!
The hardest part for me was asking my photographer (9 year old son) to get my face and the skirt in the photo together!
Do you remember when I made the black and white print maxi skirt? I probably mentioned back then that I generally don’t wear anything maxi…I’m quite short and have always felt that the extra length made me look even more short. Well, having tried it I no longer care whether I look short – I love long skirts! Although my black & white maxi skirt is a little too long and I often feel like I’m going to trip over it and pull it right off. Given that the waist is elastic it could happen!
It was just so simple to make that I decided to make another one, this time a little shorter. I cut the full 150cm width of fabric to 95cm long. Joined it to make a seam and then hemmed the top and the bottom. Then slipped some elastic through the top to form the waist. Voile…
Apologies for the slightly strange self portrait. Can you tell I was using the timer on the camera? It’s a shocker but I didn’t have time to try again and didn’t want to delay getting this post up.
I’m trying hard this year to show you my sewing projects on me.
If you are thinking of starting sewing this would be a great little project to have a go at. Please do let me know if you’d like any more specific details on how to make this maxi skirt.
Soon I’ll be heading to the US for work where the maximum temperature is currently minus 15 degrees celsius. I have no idea what to wear to keep warm in that sort of temperature but fortunately I will be spending pretty much all of my time indoors. My focus is on warm clothes suitable for the office and then I’ll add lots of layers for getting to and from the office. So today I made a wool skirt suitable to wear with knee-high boots and thick tights.
This skirt was made using an old Style pattern (number 2146), and the fabric was from my pre-Christmas sale shopping at Spotlight – just $2 per metre. I’m really happy with how this turned out but it was a bit of a struggle sewing woolen fabric in 32 degree heat! More new warm outfits to come in the coming week or two! Here are a few more photos.