Pinterest-Inspired Skirts (My Versions)

 

I’m finally getting around to posting the projects I’ve been working on!  I’ve mostly been working on skirts for the summer.  Here is what I’ve made, and I love the way everything turned out!

I’m also linking this up with Nicole’s PINspired Link-up – in which you do a post on the Pinterest projects that you’ve pinned and then actually done yourself!  It’s a once a month link-up so be thinking for July…




 

This skirt I made is reversible – one side is white and one side is mint-colored (it’s hard to tell in these pictures, but trust me, it’s the truth). It worked out well, considering both the fabrics I wanted to use were see-through when used by themselves.

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And I made a couple maxi skirts too – which are turning out to be perfect for the summer, but also for the baby bump!  Very maternity-friendly.  (You also all get a nice view of the baby bump in these – taken at almost 12 weeks . . . )

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And I made the skirt in such a way that it’s totally do-able as a dress too.  I’m not so into strapless, but with a sweater it’s cute.

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It’ll work nicely with the bump in the fall too – I’ll just throw a sweater and belt with it:

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I also made a dress using this tutorial, but I’m not crazy about the way it turned out, so I’m not going to share it in this post.  I may change it back to a skirt in the future.  We’ll see.

 

All of these skirts I made based off of this fabulous tutorial (I just tweaked it a bit):

The Socialite Skirt: Elle Apparel

I got the inspiration to try making the first skirt from my friend Ashley!  She made a skirt form the same tutorial, and I thought it was so cute.  We put both our skirts on one day for a picture together – they both turned out good!

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Ashley tweaked the tutorial a bit (just like I did), so her skirt turned out a bit different too – maybe I’ll have to talk her into doing a post on what she did so you all can see.

If you want to make a similar skirt to one of mine, I recommend reading through the above tutorial carefully first, because that’s the basis that we used for all of these.  However, I did change it up a bit from what the tutorial said, so I’ll cover where the instructions for my skirts varied below.

 

The Reversible Skirt

1. Follow the directions for the above tutorial, except when you cut out your pieces, make two sets of skirt pieces – one set for each color you are using. 

2. When you cut out the waistbands, instead of cutting four pieces out of the same color, cut two pieces out of each color you are using.

3. Sew the waistband pieces together as directed, except make sure that you sew the opposite colors together – so when you unfold the waistband piece, one side will be with one color fabric, and the other side with the other color.

4. Skip Step 9 for now.

5. Once you have the waistband pieces sewn together, sew the waistband piece to the skirt piece as directed – just make sure you use a matching skirt piece to the matching side of the waistband.  What you’ll end up with is a long, hourglass-shaped piece of fabric, half one color, half the other color.

Since I didn’t take any pictures of the process, here is a very non-high-tech diagram for you:

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Repeat with the other pieces.  After you’re done you will end up with two pieces of fabric like the one I drew above.

6. Lay both pieces on the floor, right sides together and matching colors together, and pin up the sides.  Then sew down each side with your sewing machine.

7. After that you can turn your skirt right-sides-out, and you’ll see how it can be reversible!  Your rough seams should be on the inside of each layer, so you shouldn’t be able to see them with either color.

9. Then you can stitch around the top of the waistband to finish it off.  You may also want to do a stich around the bottom of the waistband as well, just so it doesn’t slide around when you are wearing it.

And you’re done!  This is where you can also even up the edges of the bottom of the skirt and hem it, which I actually never got around to (you can see the white peeking through around the hem of the mint-colored side of my skirt).

 

The Maxi Skirt

1. Follow all the instructions for the tutorial, just make it longer.

2. I also made my waistband much thicker than the suggested width – I did 8 or 9 inches for the width of my waistband, because I wanted the place where the pleats start to be visible below the line of my shirt.  If you want the option of wearing it as a dress you’ll want to do the thicker waistband too.

3. However, no matter the width of your waistband, I recommend not sewing the bottom edge of the waistband until after you sew the sides together.  Then you can fold the loose end of the waistband down and sew around the perimeter of the waistband to secure it afterward. 

It’ll look like this when you are pinning it:

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The inside waistband piece pictured above is the piece you will fold down and stitch in place after the sides are sewn together.

If you do it this way, then you can fold the waistband down and it’ll still look like it’s the right side out – the rough side of the seams won’t be visible, because you hid them on the inside.  This is nice, because it gives you a little more flexibility on where the top and bottom of the waistband hit on your hips, because if it’s too high or low you can just fold it down so that it hits where you want, and the inside seams won’t show.  It’s also nice if you want to use it as a maternity skirt, because it gives you more of a waistband to work with!

4. Keep in mind with all of these instructions that your elastic thread will be on your bobbin – so whatever side of the fabric is facing up is the side that will have the regular thread, the other side will show the elastic thread.  So if you are sewing the waistband in place, make sure the elastic thread is on the side that is less visible, especially if you are using a dark color.  It doesn’t look bad if it shows, but you might want it on one side of the skirt or the other.  So just be strategic about it.

And that’s that!  Let me know if you have any questions, and check out the tutorial I linked to above – otherwise none of these directions will make sense.

Happy skirt-making!


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Natalie said...

Oh they are all SO cute! What kind of material did you use? A jersey or something?
I might have to add this to my list! DOesn't look terribly hard!

Jessica said...

Very cute! I've been wanting to buy a maxi dress or maxi skirt forever, but they're always about 2 inches too long for me when I try to buy one :-( I might just have to try to make one of my own! Thanks for sharing

Amanda said...

Your skirts turned out so cute! Now I want to make some! And clothing that doubles as maternity is always a plus!

Melanie said...

They turned out GREAT!! Thanks for sharing..Im definately going to make me a skirt (or two) this summer! BTW..where did you buy your fabrics and did you get them on sale, etc?

Jodi said...

Super cute. Wish I could sew. Those will be great for a growing belly!

Bren said...

Wish I was better at sewing! Wow!

I've started following your blog, and have even nominated it for an award! (you can check it out on my blog). Keep up the awesome work - hopefuly I will see some projects that I can actually accomplish, hee hee

Nicole said...

thanks for linking up! You are soooo talented! The skirt looks great as a dress... well, as a skirt too obviously! And your bump is pretty much smaller than my non-pregnant bump! lol.

katie said...

So cute! I love the mint color!

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