A few weeks ago, I saw this great skirt tutorial on MADE. I just had to make a circle skirt. I went to the store and found this gorgeous, medium-weight, knitted fabric. I made the skirt, but didn't hem it yet, tried it on, and was so sad. The fabric I had chosen was neither light enough to flow out, or stiff enough to stay out. It hung down my body like a bunch of drapes.
In the past, I would have just written this off as a failed project, but not this time. I looked at the fabric, and the design, and thought about how I could fix it. What I finally decided to do, was make it an a-line skirt. I love the way an a-line dress or skirt fits my body, and thought that I could work with that material and that pattern. I began by turning the skirt inside-out, and cutting triangles of fabric out of the fabric. I cut out eight pieces. They were each about 8 inches at the bottom (but remember that it is folded, so you should only cut 4 inches).
I then sewed the gaps shut with a sewing and binding seam on my machine.
When I was finished with all the gaps, it looked like this (still inside-out).
I then cut the bottom and hemed the skirt to fit me. Now what I needed was something to really give this skirt some identity. I used the extra fabric I had from all the disections, to create verticle ruffles. I cut strips about 2.5 inches wide. That were roughly 1.5 times the length of my skirt from waist to hem. I used the largest stitch on my sewing machine to sew through the center of each strip. I created the ruffles by pulling gently on one thread until the fabric puckered to the right length.
To finish, I pinned each ruffle on top of a seam, and stitched in place. I wore my upcycle to work yesterday, and the first thing anyone said to me was, "cute skirt Malory."
That is fantastic!!! What a great re-do!! I love the ruffle and the shape of it!ReplyDelete
So cute. I can't get enough of ruffles! Love your unique design!ReplyDelete
This is such a cute skirt! Love it!ReplyDelete
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How precious is this!!!! I am so glad the I've found you. Can't wait to spend some time in you blog. Keep sharing. LoriReplyDelete
How clever! I'm glad you didn't give up, because it turned out so cute.ReplyDelete
So cute!! I love the ruffles :) Would love to have you link up to my weekend party!ReplyDelete
Oh it looks fabulous! I have some similar fabric that I need to try something with. Hey stop by Dragonfly designs and say Hi sometime! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
How cute!! :)ReplyDelete
This is so great, wonderful job!!!ReplyDelete
Looks great! I hope you'll link up to Make It Wear It on Thursday @ TheTrainToCrazy.com!ReplyDelete
Oh yeah, I'm bookmarking this project for a cute summer skirt! Love it!ReplyDelete
it is a very nice idea!!!!ReplyDelete
LOVE your take on this! I just used MADE's tutorial for a skirt for me!ReplyDelete
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Love it! I made this skirt for my daughter and plan on making a few for myself once I have time. Thank you for linking up!ReplyDelete
So cute! Love how you've 'saved' this one. Turned out adorable.ReplyDelete
Nice upcycle! Very cute looking.ReplyDelete
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