25th November 2013
And just like clockwork, the new season brings on an urge to make a new skirt. Every time I see a trend I love I think to myself – could I make a skirt like that? I wonder why that is…? I guess admittedly most of the skirts I make are of simple construction and are therefore an easy way to experiment with fabrics (hoping to master sewing a jacket one of these days!). In tune with grunge vibe I mentioned last week, tartan has be catching my eye of late. Lucky for me you can pick up some tartan at just about any fabric store, something I did recently. In case you were wondering I skipped making a skirt out of dollar store tartan bags a la Celine! Now, all I have to do is decide whether it’s going to be pencil or flippy. Thoughts? Slimline or fluted?
30th April 2013
With sheer layers being such a major trend for the coming summer, a couple of months ago I asked you how you would inject a bit of DIYed white freshness into your own wardrobe. I got so many great answers and ideas, and in the end decided to go with the most straight forward and minimalist concept – an elongated sheer hem on a thrifted white skirt (thanks Lauren!). In my mind the sheer elongated hem is a more fun version of the pencil skirt that says ‘I’m business, but not alllll business’, if you get what I mean. This is such a simple project that I probably don’t need to post the actual steps, but for those of you who like to be walked through the process, I’ve given you the run-down below!
- A white skirt (linen or cotton works well). I got mine from a local secondhand store for a few dollars.
- Some sheer white non-stretch fabric
- A sewing machine
- Measuring tape
1. First, measure the the length all the way around the hem of your skirt. Then work out how wide you want your sheer panel, and then cut the sheer fabric at that width (plus two inches for the hem allowance at each side) to the length you measured (ie the length around the hem).
2. You may have to cut two panels to sew together. If this is the case make sure the seams are cut and attached in line with the seams of the skirt.
3. Turn the hem of the sheer fabric twice and then iron and sew down. If you have two separate pieces, join them together.
4. Sew the hem on both long edges of the fabric so that it looks like the piece below.
5. Pin the piece of sheer fabric to the hem of the base skirt, matching up the seam join to either the back (if there is only one seam) or the sides (if there are two seams).
6. Sew the sheer piece down onto the skirt, sewing the seam together on the underside and ironing down flat. Finally, iron the whole skirt well.
And there you have it! I said it was simple didn’t I?
Thanks Andy for taking the pictures!
1st February 2013
There’s just something so right about the sport luxe vibe I’ve been seeing everywhere recently. Adding a little bit of mesh and bomber jacket action to an otherwise girly outfit can take your look from feminine to laid-back-off-duty-chic quicker than you can say ‘isn’t mesh more of a stripclub thing?’. You probably remember my post from a few weeks ago with a whole lot of inspo on the subject of luxe mesh, and so I thought I would show you how you can make a little bit of mesh all of your own. This project is dedicated to my friend Sara, who got me thinking about how to make a mesh skirt when we were in New York last year. Better late than never!
- A simple black mini skirt (either a stretch one or one with a zipper). Mine was actually a long thrifted skirt I converted into a mini.
- Some black cotton mesh fabric
- Black thread
- A needle (if hand sewing) or a sewing machine
1. Take your skirt and lay it out wrapped in the mesh fabric. Mine was the perfect width to go around twice but if yours isn’t, cut it to size.
2. Cut it to the appropriate length, leaving some at the top to fold over and ensuring it is pencil skirt length at the bottom. You may have to put the skirt on and play around to check the length, that’s all part of the process.
3. Align the seam of the mesh with the zip (be it the back or the side), or if there is no zip align it with the back for symmetry
4. Sew up the seam, leaving an opening for the zip if there is one or going all the way to the top for a skirt with no zip.
5. You should have a mesh layer (a ‘sock’ of sorts). You may want to allow for it to be little longer at the back (to cover the bum) and still be horizontal at the hemline (mine was at least).
6. Fold the top edge of the mesh over the waistband of your skirt and sew it down. Also sew the mesh on up the edges of the zip (making sure to leave the zip open for easy removal!) if your skirt has one.
Ta dah! This skirt looks just as good with wedge sneakers and a monotone bomber jacket as a pair of heels and red lipstick.