Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A New Skirt


I made myself a new "Ruffle Skirt" over the weekend. I had been wanting to make a couple skirts for summer and when I saw this free tutorial, I decided to try it.

I used fabric that I had on hand. I didn't have anything to coordinate for a contrasting ruffle so I just used all of the same fabric. I like how it turned out! Not bad for a $1 piece of yard sale fabric!

The directions were pretty easy to follow and I finished it within a couple of hours. I really don't care for making ruffles-all that gathering makes me a bit crazy- but it looks so cute that I'll deal with it!

The only trouble I had was with the elastic waist. One section of elastic keeps wanting to roll and bunch up. I think I'm going to take it out and try putting it in again, since no amount of turning and pushing it around has helped!

I definitely plan to make another one or two of these skirts. It's really comfortable to wear! Because of the way the directions are written and how you make the skirt/pattern according to your measurements, this can be made to fit any size lady or girl. I'm thinking that my nieces who are 5 and 8 years old would love a ruffle skirt of their own!

I recommend trying this pattern!

7 comments:

Abbie Byers said...

Very cute!! Good job.

thehomespunheart said...

Very cute! I love that fabric!

Kathryn said...

Nice, I printed those directions out!! I hope to get some new skirts sewn this summer!!
I find that the wide waistband elastic ALWAYS rolls over. I just use the 3/8ths inch elastic instead and don't have as much trouble. Probably not as cute, but I don't tuck in my tops so no one ever sees it.
Alternately, you could try cutting the elastic in half and sewing the top down, inserting one piece in the back, one piece in the front, then sewing the sides of the skirt up, instead of sewing it in the round like all the patterns tell you to do. Thats what I always did when I sewed cape dresses....

DarcyLee said...

What a cute skirt! I've been wanting to make some skirts for the summer and this one looks so easy. Great job!

Debbie J. said...

It turned out so nice! I love the SewMamaSew site. I need to check out your pattern.

Mary Ann said...

Kathryn-I was wondering if the wide elastic was the problem. I had some on hand, otherwise I would've just used some narrower, softer elastic. When sewing elastic waist dresses, I always did what you said with doing half at a time. I think Mom has always done that, too!

gail said...

love your skirt! way to go on the inexpensive fabric. i saw that tutorial and wondered how easy it was. i may have to try it. i'm sure i have some fabric in my stash that needs to be used up!