I really wanted to go crazy during a clearanced fabric sale at my favorite fabric store, but Charlie had tagged along because we were meeting friends for dinner later. If I had my way, I would’ve loaded my cart with at least a dozen clearanced fabric bolts, but Charlie limited me to six or less. Although he encourages my beginning passion for sewing and all things creative, he reasonably argues I really don’t need 50 skirts. He may be right, but don’t tell him I said that.
During the little shopping spree, I picked up this cute blue-and-white patterned fabric with the intention of turning it into a skirt. Even though the bright blue kind of screams spring and summer, I figured I could pair the potential skirt with a grey cardigan and tights during the winter months. The pattern is a teeny bit out of my comfort zone, but I like adding new and interesting patterns to my wardrobe.
Because I’m a short girl, I started by cutting the one yard of fabric in half lengthwise (I think it’s lengthwise – I made one long straight cut). I pinned my bottom hem and sewed that in place. I made one fold at the top and sewed in place, with the intention of folding it over one more time to create a casing for the elastic. But as I wrapped the skirt around my waist, I decided I wanted the skirt just a tad longer.
I took the other half of the unused fabric and pretty much cut that in half – lengthwise as well. I matched the raw edge of the skirt piece and the raw edge of the waist piece and sewed them together with a zig zag stitch. At the time, I had intentions to create drawstrings for the waist piece, but then I realized I could fold the waist piece over to create a create a casing for 2-inch elastic. Yup, this is me completely winging the skirt project.
I folded the waist piece over to create the casing and sewed the second edge piece near the first zig zag stitch. Because I had one long piece of fabric, I just needed to sew the two open ends together to create the skirt. I matched the corners of the two open edges together, with the pattern inside. I sewed a straight stitch from the bottom of the hem to the top of the new casing.
I turned the skirt inside out – with the pattern on the outside – and tried on the skirt to see my progress. So far so good. I actually love love love the wide casing piece. Wait … casing. Hmmmmm. Just imagine me throwing out a few curse words when I realized I shouldn’t have sewed the side seam all the way to the top of the casing! Now, where am I supposed to insert the elastic? I just sewed the two opening shut!
Lovely. Oh well. Luckily, I could spare an inch or two of fabric because this will be a fun and flouncy skirt. I cut off the newly sewn side seam and sewed a second one – this time stopping right below the casing. Go Team Jennifer! I inserted the elastic into the casing and sewed the elastic together. Can I tell you how much I love this new skirt? I absolutely love it, and I can’t wait to try this method again!