Skirt Week 2012

by Lindsay on 06/4/2012

What better motivation for me to make the skirt I’ve been thinking about than a contest (deadlines and prizes are definitely motivators for this procrastinator)! Last summer I saw a young woman at the City Market wearing this really cute dress (or skirt and top). It looked a lot like this:I think this one is from Wet Seal, but I’m too scared to try to find out how long ago it was available for purchase. Here in the midwest, trends take awhile to trickle in from the coasts. I still see chambray in the stores, so it’s not that out of style yet, right? Anyway, the one I saw at the farmer’s market had a striped tank which I liked. I immediately thought, “That wouldn’t be too hard… just buy a cheapie tank top and attach it to a simple chambray skirt.” So that idea sat in my head for about 10 months. Well, the contest along with not wanting to commit to what top I could wear with it (and also maybe a slight fear of sewing a knit to a woven) was enough for me to kick it into gear and make a skirt that gives the look of an empire waist dress.

With the chambray I found at JoAnn’s, I ended up liking the lighter color of the “wrong” side better. I used French seams on the inside since I don’t have a surger. To attach the 2-inch black elastic waistband to the chambray, I used a loose blind hem stitch so it would be tacked into place without visible stitches, while also having enough give and stretch. I’m really happy with the results and I think this will be a summer staple!

Lindsay Ramon

There are 6 comments in this article:

  1. 06/5/2012aunt Julie says:

    Love it! The alternative to a serger is to simply zig zag the edges after cutting the pieces, then press the seams open . But in this case, french seaming may have contributed to giving the skirt more body. The model is soooooo cute too. A sure winning combination.

  2. 06/5/2012Joan Nelson says:

    I like the idea of the inside out fabric. Looks very comfy, too. The striped top makes it look casual, and the purple one gives it a dressier look. Very well done, Linds!!!

  3. 06/8/2012The Purple Carrot says:

    I love it!

  4. 06/11/2012Ash P says:

    I love it!!! Chambray and stripes are my current fashion cravings too. I want to make a skirt like this one for myself 😉 How did you measure the fabric? Did you use 1.5x your waist size?

  5. 06/16/2012Angela says:

    I love this skirt! I featured your skirt in a post I wrote about skirt week

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