I'm excited to share with you a sewing project that I completed this summer -- make that 3 projects in 1! I've been loving cute skirts that I've seen both in online stores or on bloggers, but I either haven't been able to find anything like them or they were too expensive. Being me, I thought "I'll just make what I want!". Those words always get me in trouble.... Honestly, though, these skirts were so easy. I love being able to pick out any fabric I want and customize the length.
I followed a tutorial that I found A Small Snippet. It is super easy to follow and requires 3 items (aside from a sewing machine): fabric, elastic and thread. I made a few changes to the original directions that I think made it even easier & makes the skirts look better on me. They are:
-I didn't include pockets, but it looks like it would be easy to include them.
-I didn't line my skirts, though I will probably will the next time I make them. Again, it doesn't look hard at all.
-I made one adjustment to the directions and I think that it really important: She suggests that if you are making the short version of the skirt that you should cut out two pieces of fabric, each equal to your waist measurement, minus 3-4 inches. I originally followed this and ended up with WAY too much fabric. If you want a really full skirt, then go with the original instructions. If you are like me and a really full elastic waist skirt is not flattering, cut out two pieces of fabric that are your waist measurement minus 6-8 inches.
I realized this after I'd sewn them and I ended up pulling out the seams, cutting 2 inches off of each piece of fabric and re-sewing them. The skirts in the pictures are from pieces measuring my waist measurement minus 6 inches.
Here are my skirts -- I finished all three of them (not counting the day that I re-sewed them) in 1 day!
A close up of the anchors because they are so darned cute!
Seersucker for the win!
You can't go wrong with navy blue and polka dots.
I purchased all of the fabric, thread and elastic at Joann's for around $30 (most of it was on sale). $30ish for 3 skirts!!! I love how they turned out so much that I am planning on making more eventually.