Lately I have been stuck up in my sewing room just busting out skirts and tops and anything I can create. I am running out of material and I have my eye on some my mom bought a while back. She says it’s off limits, but I think if she leaves it there long enough, it’s fair game, right?
Some of the skirts I have finished you have seen already. My DIY pencil skirt, a t-shirt refashion, and a maxi dress refashion being a few (and a lot more to come!) So I thought I would give you a little run through on how I made my vintage scissors skirt I wore last week.
It is actually very easy, although it might look intimidating. Start by measuring your waist or where you would like the skirt to sit on your waist and double it. That is how much material you need. So if your waist is 32 inches, you would need 64 inches of fabric, make sense? I had mine in two pieces, so I sewed them right sides together. Then I hemmed the top of the skirt because I wanted it to be finished.
Then you start the pleats. Here is how I did it. Start measuring two inches in then you gather two inches in for the pleat. Continue you this all the way around. As you can see in the picture to the right. Once you have all the pleats pinned all the way around, you are ready to sew. I wanted a two inch pleat with one inch left open on the top. So the way I did it is in the picture to the right. I held my measuring tape up to where I was sewing the total amount and then sewed the two inches, stopping at the two.
Do this all the way around and you are done with the pleats! Then you need to hem the sides together. I used this tutorial on how to sew a zipper into the side of a dress and sewed up the side as well. Then hem the bottom and you’re done!
Well, what do you think? Does this sound easy to make? Would you give it a try or would you just rather buy it? Because if you’re the latter, then stay tuned, I might be selling some skirts in the near future!!
Have a great day!