|My one and only white skirt!|
|Me in my skirt|
Still, I've been wearing it regularly and absolutely refuse to toss it. You see, I have many skirts, but this is my only white one. And sometimes there's just nothing like wearing white in the summer.
Which is why, when I picked up this white fabric from our neighbourhood garage sale last year, I decided that I was going to make a skirt out of it. Over a year later, I finally have an idea to use the fabric to perk up this skirt.
I also have this stretchy lace belt that I picked up for under two bucks on eBay several years ago. While wearable, it's always been just a tad too small for my liking. My idea is to use it as the waistband for my remade skirt.
|Bargain priced lace elastic belt...|
This is a circle skirt, by the way, so I searched online for a circle skirt tutorial. Found several, but used the one at Made Every Day with Dana, originally posted in 2008.
Circle skirts are easy to make and — yes, I admit it — I still do like the full, twirl factor of such a garment. After doing the quarter fold on my fabric, I quickly progressed to this...
|Unfolded, this turns out into a honking big "donut"...|
The length of my skirt — since I wasn't going to finish off the bottom seam — is 17.5".
|This will be turned into the waistband for the skirt...|
What I did was zigzag-stitched together the two pieces of elastic, trimmed the resulting piece to the same 2" width as the belt elastic and then attached it to the belt to create the waistband.
|I surprised myself... the two parts actually fit!|
Then I got so busy putting it all together that I stopped taking pictures!
Basically, all that remains is to attach the waistband to the skirt. Some artful pinning and then some "stretching while you sew" is required. (Again, this was another instance of sewing where I wished I had a third hand.)
But here is the finished project...
|A new look for an old skirt!|
Now that I have an extra layer of fabric on this skirt, I no longer have to worry about what colour underwear I'm wearing... LOL!
and continue for only $4.95 a month!
Here is a view from the front in the way that I would normally wear this (i.e., top untucked)...
|Front view of my remade skirt...|
I actually had to remove a tier from the bottom of the original skirt; too much of it was showing and it did not look right. It took me over a half an hour to unpick those stitches!
Here is a view from the back, this time with my top tucked in so that you can see the waistband...
|Back view of my remade skirt...|
All in all, I'm quite happy with the results of this skirt makeover.
There is, however, the matter of that part of the waistband that isn't covered with lace. I've thought about buying some lace to add to it but that's such a small amount. I have this butterfly applique that I can sew on, but I don't know about that either.
|Any ideas on how I might finish this last bit of my remade skirt?|
What do you think? Any ideas?
By the way, this is the first of a few clothing-centric posts that I am going to put up over the next month or so. I actually have extensive experience sewing clothes. But apart from hats and slippers and scarves — I really haven't written anything here about sewing stuff to wear. It's time to share some of that.