Sunday, March 6, 2016

Straight Skirt to Comfortable Skirt

 This:

from this:


I bought this straight skirt last year because straight skirts are cool.  Cool, yes, but not comfortable for me. So the side seams came out, and inserts went in.


The hardest part of this project was figuring out how to cut two pieces of stripped fabric so that I could line up the stripes to form inverted Vs!  If there is an easy way, please, please share it with me.  I had to call in my in-house engineer to help with this part.  I just could not understand how to make it happen.  Next time, one simple piece of fabric there.

I ended up making an oversized diamond-shaped piece for each side of the skirt. I chose not to cut the inserts down at this point so I wouldn't have to worry about getting the stripes even--lots of room to play around.  After the panels were sewn in place, I used my serger to cut the inserts close to the seam and finish the edges.

This is a lot larger than it needed to be.  I cut it down after sewing it in.

Here it is pinned in place

Inside after sewing in place and serging off the insert excess.
I used a ruler with a slight curve to make the hem line on the inset pieces before cutting them down for hemming. 

The back--still has the slit from being a straight skirt which is kinda cool.

The front.  Hemmed and done!
Now this is a skirt I can actually wear.  As you can see, I am not a too good at taking selfies.  This will have to do.

2 comments:

  1. You're pretty handy, for a Baye Leaf! Where were you when I was throwing out stuff that was too small or too vintagey - that's a nice updo on a cute skirt!

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  2. The stripes look really effective. I'm not sure that you'd get the same effect with a plain piece of fabric, hard as it may be matching the stripes - says she sitting in front of a computer and not having to match those stripes.

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