Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hippie Skirt

This skirt would have taken anyone with even semi-good sewing skills about 30 minutes to do. Me....more like 3 hours. However, my hard work was not in vain because I adore this skirt! I started taking pictures of the process, but then gave up after I did a whole row of stitches through the front and BACK of the skirt at one point. This is to be expected because as you can tell from this blog, my sewing adventures are few and far between. I'm really wanting to take classes this summer so that I can actually learn to sew. I telling you all of this because I want to encourage those of you who are afraid of a sewing machine to give it a shot! Even an idiot-sewer like me can make this skirt!

 Elastic (I found mine at a thrift store for 25 cents...BAM!)
Fabric (Mine was on sale at Hancock fabrics for $2 a yard.) The original width of the fabric was a perfect fit around my bottom, and I needed about a yard for the length.

1. Wrap elastic around your waste and cut to fit
2. Sew fabric to elastic (You will have over-hanging fabric if your waist is smaller than your hips)
3. Wrap fabric around you and pin (I was able to do alone, but I'm pretty flexible ha)
4. Pin out slit if you want one
5. Hem all sides

As you can see, I messed up with the placement of the elastic because I wanted the seam to be in line with the slit.  I had planed to put a flower or something there to cover it up. Since that didn't work out, I just wear a long shirt with it to cover the elastic.
I teach high schoolers and got TONS of compliments on my skirt Monday. Lots of girls asked me where I had gotten it, and it made my heart swell when I told them that I had made it. :) It's teenage-girl approved, so in my mind, that means something!

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