I enjoyed the last couple of skirts so much that my idea of elasticated waist skirts had changed – why not? So I fancied a combination of the elasticated waist from my paper bag skirts, and the a-line pattern I had drawn up for the unfinished skirt (still unfinished).
So I drew up a basic pattern on some paper (probably a bit TOO basic) and cut out two pieces of fabric the same for the front and back of the skirt. I sewed these up the sides, hemmed along the bottom, finished the top edge and then folded it over just over an inch, and sewed along the bottom leaving a small gap at one of the side seams. Then I threaded through some 3/4 inch wide elastic for the waist and tried it on for fit. I marked the elastic where I wanted it, and sewed the two ends together, then closed the gap in the bottom of the casing. It was all done in about 30 minutes.
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Hubby agreed to take my photos today, but as is usual this time of year, its pretty windy out so it was hard to get a good photo. This is as good as it gets, and makes it look as though the skirt is way short and shows a lot of leg – that's the wind – honestly.
A basic gathered waist skirt – petty quick and cheap using another remnant costing about $4. I liked how it was so soft and swirly too. But it needed more. Although I am actually a very shy person and don't like being the center of attention or even noticed most of the time, I also have a tendency to overdress or even WAY overdress, or have a liking for the theatrical. So this skirt needed more.
At the same time I picked up this black remnant, I also brought home a large piece of fire-engine red satin. I have no idea what I ever intended to do with this, but it was drawn to my theatrical side. I'm sure I could never carry off a bright red satin dress, but we can all dream. The color reminded me of poppies – I once visited some of the WW1 historical sites in France and red poppies still grow on the fields there and this fabric was idea for poppies.
There are lots of videos on Youtube for how to make flowers from satin, so I've just randomly picked one here in case you need to have a look. I basically cut out some small circles, singed the edges using a candle and then put a few together and sewed through onto the skirt, trying to place them out fairly regularly. I had a few black beads I added to the middle and this also served to hide the stitching too.
I loved it! And when I wore it to work I found so many people asked me about it and it was a great way for a shy person to get talking about something they enjoy doing. I wear this with a plain back top and Obi belt, but maybe one day I'll get the rest of that red satin out and make some kind of shiny top to match this skirt – maybe – one day………..
I made the belt myself too – a nice smart way to cover the elastic waist. I really should do a tutorial on how to do it. Anyone interested in an Obi belt tutorial or is the internet too full already?
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