(To all my crochet friends, I had intended to finish the new summery scarf I am working on and post that today, but this skirt just sort of happened. I promise, the scarf is almost done and will be appearing soon!)
Back to the skirt. How about a few pictures of how this skirt began.
I found this skirt at the thrift store and while I love it for itself, I thought it would also be super easy to copy and make more skirts. I could have just laid the skirt on my fabric and cut around but I decided I wanted to go ahead and make a paper pattern. (Side note, I save packing paper, flatten it out, and use it to make patterns. Had to tape a few pieces together here to get the right shape but its less messy to work with than newspaper.)
After drawing around the skirt, I added 5/8" to every side for the seam allowance. Actually, I also added an extra inch to the bottom, I decided that I liked it slightly longer. For the straight sides, it's pretty easy to add the extra, just lay your see through ruler on the line at the correct mark and draw. For the curved sides, my method is to measure out from the curve at numerous points and make a dot. Then, just connect the dots and you have your new line.
Fold fabric in half, place pattern, and cut it out.
I also saved the care label from the scarf to sew into the skirt side seam, which of course I forgot to do until I was done, so I sewed it onto the side seam of the lining.
To mark where the side seam should stop for the zipper, lay the zipper on the skirt and pin the skirt at the point where the zipper teeth stop. Do this on both the skirt and the lining.
Now sew up all the side seams, using 5/8" seams.
Next, press all the side seams. At the zipper openings, continue to press 5/8" up each side to the top.
On the skirt, sew in the zipper. (I am by no means an expert on zippers, so that is all I am going to say here. If your zipper came in a package, refer to it for the proper method on how to install a zipper.)
Turn everything right side out and press the waist seam.
Press the hem smooth and you are done!
Since this skirt only cost me about $3 to make, I decided to go one step further and see what kind of inexpensive outfit I could pull together from items in my closet.