Thrifted Pillow Skirt.
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.
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1 single pillow case. Spare plain calico.