2 hours well spent

Wednesday, May 11

Yesterday after work I decided to do an inventory of things I would wear during Me Made June.


Not only did I not have up to 10 things I'd consider wearing to work, I realised I did not have any me made skirts. At this rate, I run the risk of going 7 outfits for a whole month. Not a pleasant  thought.

So, like any self-respecting sewist, I hit the blogosphere to find inspiration for a quick skirt project. I decided on a gathered skirt with an elastic waist inspired by Alli, of One Pearl Button. The drafting instructions are here, on Grosgrainfabulous . The good thing about this apart from being quick to sew, was the fact that it does not have a zip, my nemesis.

Skirt getting ready to go to work

Skirt helping me make mincemeat of pivot tables at work

There were two issues I had with making this.

1) I did not have an old skirt or dress as the instructions called for, so I had to do some calculations of my own, and come up with a gathered skirt.

2) The skirt does not have pockets, but I wanted my skirt to have a pocket, so I had to modify it somewhat.

What did I do?

  1. I measured my wasit = 30"
  2. I measured the length I wanted my skirt to be = 25" ( including 1" hem allowance)
  3. I used my waist measurement to cut my elastic band. = 30"
  4. Then I added 10" to my waist measurement, and and cut two pieces of fabric with that measurement = 2 seperate pieces of 40" width by 25" length
  5. Then I cut four pockets using the pocket pattern from the simplicity pattern I used for my green dress
  6. With right sides together, I joined the pockets to each side of my skirt front and back pieces.
  7. Then I joined the front and back pieces together and overlocked the edges ( if you don't have an overlocker or overlocker foot, you can use a zig-zag stitch, or finish the seams using french seam or any other seam finishing techniques.
  8. I stitched two lines round the waist, using long machine basting stitches, and gathered the skirt.
  9. I stitiched the edges of the elastic band together, and pinned it to the skirt, right sides together.
  10. I used a zig-zag stitch to attach the skirt to the elastic.
  11. Press your skirt, and job done.
Not much of a tutorial. I don't consider this a tutorial as I did not come up with the idea, but adapted Alli's method, to suit my needs. I hope I can make more easy skirts in time for June.

Now this is completely random, but I noticed coke has joined the vintage bandwagon. I'm addicted to coke, and its nice to know that it is going all retro too.

enjoy your day,




  1. Great job! And thanks for sharing the process.

    (You've also reminded me that I have some of this fabric... now if I can just remember where...)

  2. Thanks Shivani. Ikea is great for cheap fabrics. I think I need to stop there soon..if i have any money left from saturday.

  3. Lovely skirt! I haven't dared to count how many me-made items I own yet...

  4. Fabulous skirt, Dibs!

  5. Fab skirt! And it can do pivot tables too? Even better! You have made me realise that June isn't that far away any more - eek!

  6. The skirt looks really great on you! Also, it's definitely a work/weekend skirt which only means you'll get a lot of wear out of it.

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  8. I look forward to seeing what you'll make with all the fabric you bought yesterday Dibs! I hope you are sewing today. (I like the skirt).

  9. It was so nice to meet you too Adrienne. I hope i sew today too. I am still at my sister's house, so will get home in the evening. Maybe i will be inspired. How was your trip bsck up north?