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DIY Balenciaga Inspired Ruffle Skirt

DIY Jan 15, 2013

One of my absolute favourite collections from the coming SS13 season was Balenciaga, I was so incredibly taken with the monotones, cropped silhouettes, exaggerated ruffles and dip hemmed skirts, not to mention the stacked gold rings (get thee to the hardware store!). Straight away I knew the collection would be the inspiration for one of my projects this year. I decided to try my hand at the monotone ruffled hem skirts, reworking a simple black skirt I picked up in a thrift store by adding a black and white ruffled asymmetric hem. Read on to see how to make your own.

This was the runway inspiration, I decided to go for a white ruffle lined with black as opposed to the black ruffle lined with white seen on the runway – feel free to mix it up depending on what you like.

You need: 

  • A simple black skirt
  • 1m (approx 1 yard) of white cotton fabric
  • 1m (approx 1 yard) of black cotton fabric
  • Dressmaker’s Scissors
  • Black and white thread
  • A Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins

or get a sewing kit here.

How to:
1. Cut your skirt into an asymmetric style (shorter on one side than the other). You can go quite short of the shorter edge (almost to your underwear line) because you are going to be adding the ruffled piece which will cover you.

2. Take your measuring tape and measure the edge of the asymmetric hem of the skirt all the way around.

3. Using the method I showed you here in the fluted hem skirt tutorial, create two circular hem pieces  in both black and white.

4. Pin the two black and white ruffled hem pieces together.

5. Sew the two together on the outside edge.

6. Turn inside out and the iron flat.

7. Pin the inner edge of the donut to the skirt with the white on the outside and the black on the inside (or vise versus if you perfer).

8. Sew along the hem and then sew along the edge with the zig zag stitch to reduce fraying.

Voila! Get ready to party all night long in this monotone ensemble.
Wearing: DIY Skirt, H&M white top, Coach Watch, Tony Bianco Heels, Mac ‘Lady Danger’ Lipstick, Plukka Ring, Pendant necklace bought in Paris

Outfit photos by Su Ann Tan

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