Added Sep 14, 2011
I am super excited about this skirt. It was originally a pillow case I thrifted from a local charity shop. I thought the pattern was simply beautiful, and for only 50c, I thought it a steal. I admit at the time I had no idea what I would actually do with the fabric, I mean, it was only a single pillow case right? With a little courage I took to it with scissors and thread, and within an hour I had whipped up a cute autumn skirt.
The first thing I did was stitch the hem down. First reason being I hate hemming and figured why not get it over and done with first. The second reason was I wanted a straight hem line so I could line the fabric up with the selvedge of some neutral calico I wanted to line it with (I wanted to keep the selvedge on the calico and make it a feature, by letting it fall a few centimeters lower than the hem of the floral fabric.
I then cut out two rectangles of neutral calico the same width as the floral fabric, with the hem of the floral panel sitting slightly higher than the calico selvedge. I then secured the two fabrics together using a large gathering stitch. I stitched the skirt together down one side.
I cut a long thin rectangle from both fabrics and sewed it together to form a thin waistband. I then sewed the waistband onto the skirt.
I then sewed in a side zipper and finished the side seam, and voila! My less-than-one-hour-50-cent-creation was complete!
I am super impressed with how this skirt turned out. It was super quick and easy to make, and best of all, I don’t think it looks like a pillow case anymore.
Visit me at hand-quilter.blogspot.com for more on my sewing adventures :-)
1 single pillow case. Spare plain calico.
Learn how to set your serger up for sewing a rolled hem in this week's new BurdaStyle Video!
Perfect the art of sewing collars and stands, including tricks you won't find in books or patterns!
Sip cocktails by the fire in faux fur, patterned silks, and more luxurious fabrics.
Fashion & Trends
See our picks for holiday parties, from brunch to a New Year's Eve bash!
Make something special and practical for your friends and family this holiday season!
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.