Tuesday, June 26, 2012

1 Hour Skirt--Perfect Project For a Rainy Day

Last night while rummaging through some bins in the basement I located a lime green (you know that lime sherbet color?) jersey sheet. I laundered it and thought I could repurpose this full sized sheet into more than one useful item. 

The first thing that came to mind was a short skirt with a fold over waistband. These skirts are all the rage with teenage girls, and since I have one of those (teenage girls) in the household, I decided to give it a whirl.

This was very easy! I wanted the skirt and the waistband doubled for a little extra body to the skirt so I folded the sheet and decided that I would use the fold for a hem line. That way I would not have to hem the skirt when I was finished.

I cut a wide piece of fabric (doubled) for the waistband and stitched a tube.  (31" wide x 8 1/2") You will want to make sure that you use the stretchy direction of the sheet for the width.

I did not get my serger out for this quick project. I used a zig-zag stitch instead. Worked well.

Wider piece cut from skirt to form the skirt. (39" wide x 16" long)

 I then cut a much wider piece of fabric (doubled) for the skirt and sewed it into a tube. The waistband and skirt pieces have just one seam in the back. While attaching the waistband to the skirt I stretched the band to accommodate the few extra inches in the width of the skirt.

Determining the size was easy because I used a skirt that my daughter already owned and used that as a guide. One hour later, this is what I came up with:

Paired with a simple white Tshirt with ruffle flower made from scrap of skirt fabric.

Add a cute bag = new outfit in 1 hour!

When I get some additional time, I will include measurement amounts and easy instructions on how to
make this skirt in an hour. It was fun, cost nothing, and it provided some instant gratification.

If life gives you limes, make margaritas, or a key lime pie, or a 1 hour skirt....

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