- Helen in purple skirt.
It’s Helen again, with another skirt! So I made some little tutu skirts for work (no pictures, sorry!) and decided they were awesome, and surprisingly quick to make. You just need netting (one rectangular piece about twice your waist measurement wide, and as long as you like, or two rectangular pieces about your waist measurement wide and as long as you like) and elastic about 5-10mm thick (about your waist measurement). Sew the short sides of the rectangle(s) together and then fold over the top about 20mm (2cm) and sew about 15mm in so that you make a tube all around the top. Then cut a small hole where the back will be, and thread the elastic all the way round, gathering as you go, until both ends are sticking out the hole. You can then tie these so they are nice and snug (you can sew the ends of the elastic too, but make sure you try it on first, because you don’t want it to be too loose).
Netting doesn’t need hemming as it doesn’t fray, but I’d recommend using zig-zag stitch while sewing it as I found my thread kept breaking when I sewed straight!
If you want a skirt that is a bit less revealing (I’d obviouslyrecommend wearing a netting skirt over trousers, leggings or very opaque tights), you can use opaque material underneath.
I decided that I wanted a tutu-style skirt, and because I wanted to just wear it over tights, I made it about 50cm long, and used purple satin-like material to line it. I sewed zigzag stitch on the edges of the satiny material to stop it fraying but I didn’t bother hemming it, I thought it looked all right without! Now I want to make some fairy wings, and go about either granting wishes or causing mischief. Preferably the latter.
Hiya, it’s Helen again. Just wanted to update with some skirts!
I like making skirts. In fact I like making skirts more than wearing them 🙂
Firstly, this is a pink cord wraparound skirt I made. Really must get a better picture. It was the first skirt I made for myself (see below for the first skirt I made ever). I spent ages carefully measuring my waist, the back of my waist, the front of my waist, my bum, etc. The nice thing about a wraparound skirt is if you discover, as I did, that it’s a bit too big, it’s simple to take in… And also has plenty of give to let out! I put poppers onto each end to secure it, with a velvet ribbon for decorative purposes.
Secondly, this is a skirt made from a patterned gauze type material I found at a local textile shop. I used white polycotton for the lining. The design was quite simple, if I’d only thought to draw myself a diagram beforehand, it would have been really quick. As it was, I forgot what I was doing part way through and ended up unpicking. Oh well 🙂 The main skirt bit was made from two rectangles, with three darts added to each for shaping. I made a skirt from the gauze and a skirt from the white material and sewed them together, leaving a gap to sew the zip in. I even used the finished edge of the material for the bottom edge of the skirt so I didn’t have to hem it. The waistband was a folded strip of polycotton with interfacing. I’ve got some orange gauze and some black polycotton which I want to make into a skirt when I have the time and the inclination…
My skirt. And my feet. Yeah, the skirt needs ironing.
And here's me wearing it.
Finally, here is the first skirt/dress I ever made. But not for me, though thankfully it was for a woman who has about the same waist measurements… It was for a production of the Wizard of Oz. I started with loads of give because I was paranoid I’d make it too small. I made an underskirt in white, which I made first just to make sure I had the right size. I didn’t give it a proper waist band, just sewed around some gingham ribbon to make the edges look neat. I also used gingham ribbon for the shoulder straps. I got Dorothy to try it on at every opportunity in the making!