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Sleepy Skirt

Added Apr 9, 2010

by frankiesoup

Bury St. Edmunds...






After making my chaotic patchwork quilt, I had some of the backing fabric left over, and no real idea of what to do with it. Since there was only a long, narrow strip left, I decided to turn it into a pretty, pleated skirt.

Because the fabric came from a duvet cover that’s older than me by quite a few years, I needed to wrap the material double to stop it being see through. I used big, random pleats in an attempt to make the skirt look a bit floaty and decided to leave one of the ends on show for a sort of wrap-aroundy look.

I’m undecided as to whether I should hem it or not – I kind of like the fraying edges though so I might just sew around to stop it fraying too far. Also, I will probably add more pink buttons because the fastening isn’t especially secure. Either that, or try to make a lace-up join with pink ribbon trailing down. I don’t know… any suggestions from anyone? I’m a bit of a novice with clothes (as you can probably tell from the pics!) so any hints and tips are very welcome!

Material Notes

2 old pink buttons, Scraps from an old duvet cover used to back a patchwork quilt.




Garment Type
Bohemian, Romantic, Victorian, Vintage

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    Apr 10, 2010, 11.01 PMby keren

    I think you did an amazing job!! I like how you just took the fabric and said “let’s make a skirt!” I am such a square I would probably be horrified to give it a shot without a proper pattern etc… It came out lovely!

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    Apr 10, 2010, 07.16 PMby janul

    So nice! I would hem it though.

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    Apr 10, 2010, 06.44 PMby frankiesoup

    Zig zag stitch has been problematic until now, as I’ve only had a machine from 1895 to work on. I got a new (second hand) electric machine today though, and am so excited to try it out! Will definitely give the zig zag stitch a go to finish it! :D

    Thank you for the advice!

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    Apr 10, 2010, 02.45 AMby pink-cornelia

    it looks sweet, i like that you use buttons (and pink ones, jajaja horay for pink). if you like the fringe like that, a zig zag stitch is probably the best way to go.

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    Apr 9, 2010, 08.15 PMby lelie

    I would hem it, but if you like the fringe so much I would just use a zigzag of maybe even a straight stitch a few cm above the faying, and that way you keep the fringes but I would keep on fringing untill you have nothing left, I like the skirt!

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