Thursday 7 June 2012

New Skirt

It's been lovely weather here lately so instead of crafting and blogging I've been outside enjoying the sunshine :) But now it's grey and miserable again so I'm back on the computer!

I did do a little bit of crafting - When the sun came out I decided I wanted a new skirt so made this out of a granny nightie I bought for £5 at a charity shop.

This is how I made it!

I've lost most of my pictures for this tutorial but it was quite simple to do.

Basicly I cut off the bottom part and added and elasticated waist - done!

More detailed instructions:

  1. Measure from the hem to the length you would like the skirt (the top part will sit around the waist) plus about 3 inches and cut from the nightie.
  2. Measure around your waist and cut a piece of elastic this length plus an extra half inch and stitch the two end to make a circle.
  3. Hand wind your bobbin with elasticated thread.
  4. Turn over the top of the skirt like you're making a hem with the elastic in side. Like this:

This can be a bit tricky because the elastic should be smaller than your skirt but go with it!

     5. Sew this together - make sure you don't sew the elastic to the fabric!

And this is what you're left with . .  .

Elasticated waists are great but not the prettiest things so I covered mine with a thick waist belt.

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  1. So pretty!! I love it!!

  2. Very beautiful. I love it. :)

    xo, Jess

  3. Wow! what a pretty dress,who wouldn't love it!

  4. Very very nice and I love the easy-to-understand tutorial. :D

  5. what a wonderful and creative idea!
    And the result is beautiful - your dress is super pretty

  6. Love it - and the fact it's quick, easy and cheap just makes it all the better! Welcome to Handmade Monday x

  7. This looks great with the outfit. Wish I could sew.

  8. This is lovely! I just adore the fabric and you look wonderful in your new skirt! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @
    I am your newest follower~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  9. What pretty fabric! I agree, I don't like the look of elastic waists, but with the belt, it looks great.

  10. What a brilliant idea. No one will believe it was once a nightie. The belt looks great with it. Let's hope we get some nice weather so you can enjoy it. Ali x

  11. So clever! Doesn't look like a nightie at all. And the belt really sets it off.

  12. Love it! Might have to give it a go myself!

  13. Great job! It's very pretty.

  14. Very cute!
    Thanks for linking!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  16. Fancy That starting out as a nightie, great idea and looks great too

  17. Just found your blog and that skirt is amazing!! Great idea :)

  18. Love this! I have made a couple of these style skirts for my sister - she thrifts them I refashion them!


  19. It's adorable!! I love, love it! Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  20. I wish I had the confidence to cut something, I think it is the knowledge that you have the skill to make it into something else! I am going to give it a try, thanks for the inspiration :) x

  21. Thought I would follow you to keep up to date on tutorials and pin this skirt for my future projects! x

  22. Thanks so much for linking up at Etcetorize last week! I like your skirt so much that I'm featuring it at tonight's party. I hope you'll stop by to grab a featured button from the sidebar and link up again~

  23. Inspiration! The best part you are making and reusing and your skirt is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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