DIY TWO TONE TARTAN SKIRT

And just as everything 90’s is de rigueur this season, tartan has made a serious comeback (but I’m guessing you know that already, right?). And because it’s pretty much a requirement for me to make a skirt using every fabric that crops up on the trend-o-metre, I recently crafted this two tone tartan number, perfect for virtually instant lumberjack-ensemble-craving satisfaction.

To make this skirt I used a super simple gathered elastic waist construction (you will have seen it before here and here), but this time I made it half black and half tartan for the two tone look. In case you’re wondering, I often opt for this type of skirt when I want to make something fast (it looks particularly good in brocade or taffeta), for this version I crafted a belt in matching black fabric to go over the top of the gathered waistband, the perfect finish for the easiest skirt you’ll make all year (and it’s only January!).

how to make a two tone tartan skirtHow to make a two tone tartan skirtGeneva Vanderzeil from A Pair and a Spare makes a Tartan Skirt

Outfit: DIY skirt, Tony Bianco Heels, Witchery tee, Boda Skins Jacket, custom tartan watch that I designed here.  

You need:

  • 1 metre of black fabric (1.2 yards)
  • 1 metre of tartan fabric (1.2 yards)
  • Thread
  • Elastic to match the size of your waist
  • A sewing machine

Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair and a Spare makes a Tartan Skirt

1. First, cut the fabric to the right length and shown in this pattern corresponding to how long you want it to sit when you wear it.

Two Tone Tartan Skirt

2. Sew the black and tartan fabric together where shown by dashed lines in the pattern.

Two Tone Tartan Skirt

3. Open out and iron. The resulting piece of fabric should look like this.

Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair and a Spare makes a Tartan Skirt

4. Finish the hem on the fabric by rolling twice, ironing and then sewing down.

Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair and a Spare makes a Tartan Skirt

5. Sew all the way around, creating a hem for the whole piece of fabric including the black section. Make sure the transition between the tartan and black section is as natural as possible.

Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair and a Spare makes a Tartan Skirt

6. Then sew down the top edge, leaving a gap through which to thread your elastic. Sew the elastic together to secure. and then snip off any excess.

tartan skirt (4)

7. Sew the final short edge together, using a zig zag stitch to finish the edges so they don’t fray.

Two Tone Tartan Skirt

8. To create a simple waistband that looks better than the gathered elastic, cut a section of black fabric 7.5 cm (3 in) wide and sew down the edges ensuring the rough edge is folded over completely. Tie this over the top of the waistband and in a bow at the back to give a more finished look.

Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair and a Spare makes a Tartan Skirt

Voila! Wear with your favourite biker jacket.

Two tone Tartan Skirthow to make a two tone tartan skirt

Oh and in case a tartan skirt wasn’t enough, I recently took my addiction to all things tartan to another level by custom designing a tartan watch using this cool program. All I did was take a picture of the fabric, edit it for colour and upload it to Zazzle’s website, playing around with the layout of it on the watch. The finished product came fairly quickly (considering most post takes foreverrrrrr to get to Hong Kong), and was such a simple way to get on board with whatever the perfect print or fabric trend is around that you like.

I can’t help but think good a watch design would look with this Tory Burch print or this Givenchy one be in the lead up to the summer season? Oh and psst, I’m told you can use the code ‘pairandaspare’ for 10% off your own design!

Outfit images by Luke Casey