Having just recently purchased a sewing machine in the hopes of maybe saving myself some serious cash by making my own pillows and curtains in the new apartment, I found myself suddenly inspired to make skirts. God knows why. Well that’s when I started pinning various skirt tutorials – circle skirts, elastic waist skirts, wrap skirts, etc. You get the idea.
When I found this tutorial, I knew I had to try it (if only to prove to myself that the $20 I spent on the EXACT same skirt from Urban Outfitters was a complete waste).
I sort of cheated on this project. I started at like step 5 because I already had the material as part of a nightgown. It’s been a couple of days since the boyfriend donned this ever-fabulous nightgown as part of his Big Bad Wolf costume. So with this nightgown, some leftover elastic from my Little Red Riding Hood skirt (yep, I used a circle skirt tutorial for that one), and some white thread, I had everything I needed for this project.
First I cut the bottom of the dress off leaving about 2″ extra to fold over for the waistband. I turned the “skirt” inside out and folded the top over making sure there was enough for the 1″ wide elastic band I’d have to feed through it later. I pinned the whole thing trying to make it as straight as possible, but really just eyeballing (ew) it.
Then I sewed all around the top to create about 1 1/4″ waistband. I cut a whole on the inside of the waistband and ran the elastic through it using the two safety pin trick – genius! And voila! A skirt. Since it was the bottom of the nightgown, it was already hemmed at the bottom saving me a few steps and the sides were already sewn together. Simple project, 15 minutes, and such a cute skirt to wear now!
Sorry for the terrible quality iPhone picture – I’ll try and take a better one later!
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