Saturday, May 23, 2009

One Yard Skirt

Lately, many of my sewing hours have been spent trying to figure out if I could make a decent skirt out of one yard of fabric. If I had just trusted myself, I could have saved a lot of time.

This afternoon, I cut myself a one-yard piece from a length of scrap fabric my mom had given me. Then I went and dug this skirt out of the hamper--a basic, pull-on skirt with an elastic waist. I measured the waistband, which, as expected, equaled my hip measurement (you have to be able to pull it on, after all). Then I measured the hem, which was a few inches wider. Okay. Onto the fabric.


Wow, are these graphics professional or what?

I started with the fabric folded in half. Ta da!

From here I started to think, okay, what are my limitations?

I need a decent length. Most of my skirts are around 22 to 25 inches long. So, 22 inches, plus hem, plus elastic casing, I need a minimum of 23.5 inches. That means I can't cut this thing out horizontally, because that measurement is only about 22 inches. Cutting two pieces. one on top of the other, on the fold is also out, because that would only give me 18 inches in length (36 divided in half).












If I were a tiny little thing, I could cut it out as shown. But in order to get that little bit of flare towards the bottom, the maximum waist measurement would be about 16 inches x 2 = 32 inches. That wouldn't make it over my hips.

If you're tiny like that, you don't need this tutorial. You can probably make skirts out of table napkins.










Okay, so I quickly realized I'd have to fold this chunk of fabric the other way. Then, having 44/45 inches in length to work with, I can cut a front and a back on the fold and end up with a skirt that's almost an acceptable length for me. I figured I'd give that a try, just to see how it turned out.


But as I was marking off the fabric...I realized...hey...there's going to be a really long strip of fabric left over.

A really long strip of fabric that I could gather.

A really long strip of fabric that I could gather and sew onto the bottom as a ruffle.

A really long strip of fabric that I could gather and sew onto the bottom as a ruffle and make the skirt longer!

And cuter!

Yes!

And so I got to work.





And here's the finished product, with which I am very pleased indeed. I'm so happy with it, I've almost forgotten how my bobbin thread tangled up, oh, about 57 times.

29 comments:

Rita said...

Oh so cute!! What a nice color of fabric and good design with little ruffels at the hem. For the first time ever you made me want to make a skirt.

Angela said...

You are my queen! I would never have thought I could use only a yard of fabric for a skirt. You've given me the confidence to do it, sister! Looks fantastic!

Columbia Lily said...

that is ADORABLE!! and I LOVED the comment about dinner napkins...SO TRUE.

casserole said...

Very cool skirt!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing blog:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sew-a-skirt-for-yourself-from-one-yard-of-fabric/2009/05/23/
--Anne

sewmarm said...

Very cute and chic!

Care said...

I must try this. I need skirts desperately, and have promised myself not to buy more fabric until I make a SIGNIFICANT dent in my huge stash!

Love your blog!

Elizabeth said...

Your skirt looks fantastic - and I love the colours in the material.

luvinthemommyhood said...

Love it! Thanks so much for this!

Alicia said...

Great skirt! Very feminine and thrifty :-) I love seeing the skirts you create

Sue H said...

ADORABLE! If I can make one of these for my adorable daughter-in-law, I could score some major points. Thank you!

Christine Sews said...

I love this skirt. If I want one in a hurry, I usually just cut a tube larger than hip measurement and put some elastic in, call it a day. Yours is way cuter!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow! That is super cute! I'd love to link to this if you didn't mind.

angelia729 said...

ok, thats it, i am sending you some fabrics i had stashed here.. you can play til your hearts content.. lol.

michellejohnnie said...

Brilliant! One yard!!! So cute! I linked at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

RootsAndWingsCo said...

I love that you started with a remnant.

I think the skirt is super cute!

Thanks for the inspiration.

Katrina

FeatherBunkle said...

Fantastic!!! I'm going to making some maternity skirts this week by using your one yard pattern and a wide jersey waistband instead of the elastic casing... thanks for sharing your moment of brilliance with us!!

Sonia said...

wow, thanks for sharing this! I definately am going to try your tutorial!

Indigo Blue said...

Hi,
You have very nice 'scrap' fabric!! Lovely skirt shape, would look good in loads of different types of fabric too. I have just finished making a skirt but I thinki this will on the list of things to do too.

Michelle in Australia said...

I love the skirt, but I also like those shoes! Can you tell me the brand?

Darling Petunia said...

Michelle in Australia: They are Danskos in the Guivevere style. They stopped making that style, but there are some out there. I hope you can find your size!

Michelle in Australia said...

Thanks Petunia! It seems Danskos are hard to come by in Australia, but I'll keep looking. Thank you!

Fawn said...

I'm so excited to try this!!

Anonymous said...

right now i'm making a skirt out of one yard of fabric. though it won't be the same design, your article was very well written.

eleanor said...

Fantastic! Thank you for sharing. I must make one :-)

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djc said...

Lovely skirt and the top is a perfect color with it. I also wanted to say that you don't have to make an elastic waist skirt big enough to pull over your hips - if you have a large difference between waist and hip measurement, it can also look good if you make the skirt a bit slimmer in the waist and pull it on over your head instead. I did that with a drawstring skirt I made recently as I have a 10" difference between waist and hips and the skirt turned out too bulky in the waistline at first.

Lana said...

I found this pattern on google and just tried it (by hand, I lack a working sewing machine). You are a money-saving genius. The pattern worked absolutely perfectly.