pocketed, lined, with waistband, whoa!

I love to sew. But I don’t real­ly use pat­terns, and I bare­ly measure.

Most of what I sew are sim­ple square tops and shape­less dress­es (actu­al­ly, they do have shapes, they are rec­tan­gles and, if I’m feel­ing adven­tur­ous, trapezoids).

Then one day, I sud­den­ly thought that it would be a good idea to have a gath­ered skirt. It would be use­ful for semi-for­mal events and such. I took a trip to the local thrift store but could­n’t find any­thing that I liked. Then I went home, and saw this tuto­r­i­al.

It was the per­fect gath­ered skirt! A skirt I think I can make… 

And here it is! A skirt! With a waist! :D



It’s the per­fect tuto­r­i­al part­ly because it does­n’t have a zip­per. I don’t know how to install a zip­per. I avoid tuto­ri­als with zip­pers. It looks nice and flat and dressy on the front, and has an elas­tic on the back :D



I bought this sweet laven­der fab­ric a long time ago and nev­er knew what to do with it. It’s now put to good use!



I used less fab­ric than what is used in the tuto­r­i­al. Instead of 45″ across for each of the front and back pieces, I used 37″ and it’s quite pouffy. I also sewed on a skirt lin­ing that has the same cir­cum­fer­ence as the waistband.

Pock­ets! :D


And as you might have noticed — a new hair­do! For the sum­mer :D

It was fun to make, and not too dif­fi­cult (except I messed up the part about sewing on the elas­tic and end­ed up spend­ing near­ly an hour try­ing to get an elas­tic into the waist­band with­out a safe­ty pin or any­thing to guide it). I think I might make anoth­er one with the vin­tage bed sheet I bought last sum­mer :D

Have a sweet rest of the week!


12 thoughts on “pocketed, lined, with waistband, whoa!

  1. It looks great!! I think that vin­tage sheet would make anoth­er fab­u­lous skirt! Thanks for shar­ing the link, I may get brave enough one day to attempt this!
    Kate :}

  2. I did­n’t know you were a seam­stress!! I’m just now teach­ing myself to sew. :)

    I’ve book­marked this tuto­r­i­al to try out. I recent­ly did Liz’s peplum top tuto­r­i­al and real­ly had fun with it! Here’s a link if you were inter­est­ed: http://www.caughtonawhim.com/2013/05/sewn-simple-peplum-top.html

    You might also like my friend Ele­na’s blog. She does sim­ple sewing tuto­ri­als too. Here’s a fun t‑shirt one she did: http://www.randomlyhappyblog.com/2013/05/how-to-sew-make-your-own-t-shirt-pattern.html

  3. That is adorable! Thanks for link­ing to the tuto­r­i­al. I have the per­fect fab­ric for mak­ing a ton of these.…:)

  4. thanks eri­ca! :D awe­some peplum top! i love the eye­let fab­ric! and i love your friend’s blog! thank you so much for the link — i’m going to have to spend an after­noon look at all of her tutorials!

  5. Yes, any­thing to avoid the dread­ed zip­per! Love this skirt; it looks per­fect on you! And I love that you added a pocket.

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