My lack of sewing lately results from my neurotic need to work in a clean and tidy space. My husband laughs at me because it is ridiculous, but I have to clean the kitchen before I can bake or make dinner. It is the same with sewing, I need a clean table, clean floor and good light. I know...high maintenance!
I am in the process of redoing our attic which houses the playroom and my sewing space. I am not sure why motivation to paint and move furniture struck when it is 34 degrees C outside and our air conditioning doesn't come even close to touching the attic, but that's how I roll apparently! This means that the space is a mess, with the kids toys piled in corners while paint dries in others. My sewing machines have been making a bit of a circuit around the room as well. Not exactly nice and tidy! Regardless, I have claimed an alcove. It's just me, my sewing machine and serger, and a WINDOW! It's not all pretty in there yet, but at least the floor is clear, the sewing machine is on a table and there is good natural light.
So, yesterday morning I did this....
The white belt I threw on last minute and I really like it with the belt so I think I will add a couple of little belt loops to keep it in place.
The skirt is really comfortable because the shirt fabric has a little bit of stretch to it. I think this might be my favourite refashion yet!
Here are some cheesy poses.....
And how about paired with a little jean jacket....
So here is how I did it...
Anyways...I flipped the pattern over along the button line to mark the opposite side of the skirt. Once it was cut out, I folded the skirt in half to make sure it was symmetrical.
Sew along 2 side seams right sides together. If you keep the bottom edge of the shirt, you hem is already done for you. If you want a straight hem, you'll have to cut the rounded part off and hem.
I wanted the waistband to be folded over so I needed more length to the button piece. Collar to the rescue. I cut out two pieces from the collar the same size as my button/button hole pieces and then sewed them together to make 2 long strips. I put the finished edge of the collar on the outside so that the exposed edge of my waistband was already hemmed.
I then cut the cuffs off the sleeves and cut the sleeves off of the shirt. I also cut the sleeves open to create a larger rectangle of fabric. Along the edge of one sleeve I attached the button strip I made and along the other sleeve I attached the button hole strip I made.
I now had two sleeve rectangles of fabric. One with buttons and one with button holes.
I then measured the waist of my skirt. I divided that number in half and added 1/2 inch. This is how long each sleeve rectangle needs to be. I trimmed off of the raw edge (not the button edge).
Sew the two sleeve pieces right sides together.
Fold the whole thing in half wrong sides together.
The waistband is now complete!
I missed a picture here, but attach your waistband to your skirt by pinning the raw edge of your waistband to the top of your skirt right sides together.
And that is it!
Like I said, I think I will add belt loops from some of the scraps so that my belt will stay in place. But for now, it's good to go!
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