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Obi Skirt

Added Mar 30, 2010

by candyjoyce

Southampton, Uni...






A skirt from Prudence Rabbits Obi Apron pattern.

When turning this pattern into a skirt I wanted to keep the simplicity of the apron by not adding a zip so I inserted an extra panel of fabric at the back so that it would just fit over my hips. I added a simple belt loop at the centre of this panel for the ties to go through.

This was a trial version….I am going to make this again and make it a little bit longer and make the ties longer so I can do a big bow. I also plan to make the waistband come round further so there doesn’t need to be so much width in the extra back panel as I’m noth thrilled with the way that the extra panel bunches up so much.

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    Mar 2, 2011, 02.57 PMby shelley .

    That’s a really cute skirt. You had a really great idea, I’ve been searching for a high waisted skirt pattern for so long and there it is.

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    Jun 3, 2010, 08.12 PMby Flynn Summers

    This is adorable! When I originally saw the obi apron, i thought it was a skirt (my brain apparently cannot process the word APRON). I am very happy to see someone made the pattern into a skirt successfully :D Hopefully I can do the same, I would love to own such a cute skirt!

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    May 4, 2010, 03.18 AMby rainy376

    OMG!! I ♥ this!! I ♥ Obi belts! I’m the creator of the Kente Obi belt and I was designing a skirt today, but this one it super fab! Great Job!

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    Apr 29, 2010, 06.38 AMby nessys

    I agree with everyone else – this skirt rocks! I was planning to try and turn Prudence Rabbit’s apron into a skirt too – I really liked the way it looked and thought it would be great as a skirt and your version has proven (a) it is great as a skirt and (b) your skirt rocks – such a great colour too! You really should try and pop up some instructions for everyone – I know it would be a hit!!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 11.18 PMby kristenpage

    beautiful colour!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 03.51 AMby klf

    How long is the skirt? It looks shorter than the original. But still just as cute. I like the belt loop!

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    Apr 7, 2010, 05.05 AMby Cara Farlow

    So cute! As soon as I saw the apron, I decided I wanted to make the apron like a skirt. I’ve been looking for a similar pattern for a while now, but haven’t been able to find one!

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    Mar 31, 2010, 06.29 PMby amandamechele

    Really nice skirt…thanks for posting how you did it. It looks fantastic on you. I, too, saw the apron and wanted to make it a skirt.

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    Mar 31, 2010, 02.26 PMby alden

    You should put the instructions up with the creation!

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      Mar 31, 2010, 02.56 PMby candyjoyce


      I’m awful at describing sewing stuff with words, as you can see by my attempt below.
      I will definitely take some pictures as I go along and add instructions with the next one of these that I make.


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    Mar 31, 2010, 08.22 AMby elishafaerie

    Love the idea! Obi belts are totally awesome! Can’t wait to see the finished version, and I’d love to make one myself!

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    Mar 31, 2010, 07.33 AMby susanne2011

    I can really identify with the mess in your sewing room. It looks like you just finished your skirt and straight away made the pictures, fresh from the sewing machine, This is also really how it works with me and my projects, except for the fact that my sewing room is my living room and my boyfriend complains about needles stuck in his feet, haha. Anyway, I really think you did a great job on the skirt, I love it!

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      Mar 31, 2010, 09.42 AMby candyjoyce

      Although I confine my sewing to my studio I still manage to leave a trail of scraps, threads and pins wherever I go. I think all boyfriends of sewists have this problem with needles in the feet……

      Maybe you could tell him that it is character building!! Or FREE acupuncture??

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      Mar 31, 2010, 09.51 AMby susanne2011

      Ah yes…a trail of threads from the sewing machine to the mirror and back, right? :)
      I’ll try to tell him about the acupuncture, but I am not sure he’ll be that easily convinced….:)

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    Mar 30, 2010, 08.18 PMby shedoz213

    This is too cute! I thought it would make a great skirt too when I first saw the apron~~ I like the color and length~! great job!

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    Mar 30, 2010, 07.56 PMby leaoness

    I saw this very apron and thought it could be altered into a skirt. Glad you took it up! It’s very chic.

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    Mar 30, 2010, 06.45 PMby janice allen

    Please explain. Did you put a placket in the back or just make it wrap around. I printed this pattern but didn’t quite understand the directions. Is the sash attached to the skirt?

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      Mar 30, 2010, 08.25 PMby candyjoyce

      What I did to turn it from apron into pull on skirt:

      You will need all the pieces from PrudenceRabbits instructions plus an extra strip of fabric that is the same length as the apron and waistband. (+2cm for folding at the top)

      The width of the strip is determind by measuring round your hips. Then measure the waistband.
      The difference between these two measurements plus seam allowance is the width of the extra strip. (This is so it can be easily pulled on over your hips)

      The construction is only ever so slightly different from the apron instructions.
      First off you should turn, press, turn and topstitch the top 2cm of the extra strip.

      Once you have the front waistband attached to the apron front, you should then attach each side of the extra strip to each side of the apron. Making sure that you sandwich the sash/ties in there too.

      Then it’s just a case of finishing off the waistband, hemming etc. i also found it best to add a belt loop at the centre back to feed the ties through so that the extra strip at the back bunches up evenly and stays level with the rest of the skirt.

      I hope this made sense…..I’m awful at describing sewing technique so I am just going to go and take a pic of the back of the skirt laying flat and I will add that to this project which may help.


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    Mar 30, 2010, 06.45 PMby janice allen

    Please explain. Did you put a placket in the back or just make it wrap around. I printed this pattern but didn’t quite understand the directions. Is the sash attached to the skirt?

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    Mar 30, 2010, 06.32 PMby madch3n

    J’adore ! j’ai pensé aussi exactement à ce genre de jupe en voyant le tablier de prudencerabbit !

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    Mar 30, 2010, 02.20 PMby prudencerabbit

    Adorable! I love the color you chose.

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      Mar 30, 2010, 02.35 PMby candyjoyce

      Thanks, and thanks for the pattern and the idea.

      I tried to credit you but Burda hasn’t been letting me add credits lately.


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    Mar 30, 2010, 02.12 PMby corduroycoat

    This is so chic, I love it with the t-shirt and tights!

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    Mar 30, 2010, 02.11 PMby sewclairey

    This is so cute, and I think the length looks perfect. And I also love spying people’s sewing machines / spaces in the background of their photos, so I love this photo too!

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      Mar 30, 2010, 02.34 PMby candyjoyce

      Eep, I hadn’t noticed what a mess everything in the background is. Someone must have come in and trashed it just before i took the pics, it’s usually so neat and tidy and organised…..Honest!!

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