Hint of Spring Skirt

The end of last week and this weekend was spent house hunting (Hence, the shortage of posts). The hunt has yielded results. More details later.

Today’s project started as the dress below. I found this dress a while ago, started cutting it apart, and then put aside for months.

Too much of this print was overwhelming. So, I decided to make one piece with it: a skirt. I’ll probably use the top of the dress to make a blouse at some point as well.

Gotta love that scarf/cowl thing

I separated the top and bottom portions of the dress, and cut the skirt down to the length I was going for. I shortened the skirt from the top, that way I wouldn’t have to re-hem it. Plus, it gave the skirt more fullness throughout.

Next, I cut a wide strip of black elastic to the proper waist size, and sewed the ends together. I sewed the ends together (right sides together), finished with a zig-zag stitch for a clean look, and top-stitched the seam allowances down.

This is probably the worst picture ever taken. But at least it shows you--albeit, vaguely--what the seam looks like.

To gather the top of the skirt, I used basting stitches along the top.

Once the top was semi-gathered, I pinned it to the elastic waist.

I basted around the waist first, with the skirt on top and the elastic on the bottom.

Then, I sewed the seam with the elastic on the top, as close to the edge of the elastic as possible.

With my seam ripper, I removed the basting stitch. I also finished the top of the skirt fabric with the serger.

Here’s how the skirt turned out.

I probably would’ve preferred it just a teensy bit shorter, but it’s a good length for the transitional weather between winter and spring. For me, it’s the colors and the print of the skirt as well that evoke the flux between winter and spring.

I bought those grey boots the same day I bought my brown ones (mentioned a few posts back). I got a slammin’ deal on them too. They were originally over $100, and I got them for over 70% off. Yes, I am a bargain shopper, and I am not ashamed.

I had a lot of fun taking pictures today. It wasn’t cold, so I didn’t feel like I had frostbite after 20 seconds. Today is overcast and damp, and reminds me that spring is on its way.

I was experimenting with my camera tripod. Luckily the neighbors are all about an acre or more away, so I don’t have to worry about people seeing my photo sessions.

There are so many great places to take pictures here. It’s a wonderful change to have so many different backdrops.

Here’s to the swift arrival of spring!


About Becca

I am a self-taught seamstress, and I love to create unique women’s clothing. This blog is a record of the hodgepodge of sewing projects that occupy my time. Reconstruction projects are my favorite, but I also create clothing from my own designs using both recycled and new materials.
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10 Responses to Hint of Spring Skirt

  1. Michelle Laffoon says:

    Well since today is Groundhog Day, I checked and Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so we should have an early spring. 😉

  2. adorable. Yes, a great print for a transitional skirt– and, one thing I discovered today–you have a pretty smile! One of your photos shows that and I realized you always look so serious in your photos. Please smile more 🙂

  3. Laurie says:

    Super cute!! I love the boots too! 😀

  4. Stephanie says:

    Super cute! Great idea.

  5. Kristy says:

    oh I’ve been thinking about making an elastic waist skirt like this for a while, so thank you for sharing how you managed to get the top looking so neatly. I like the blue print paired with the grey-brown coloured top too, a great outfit overall

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