Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sewing: Plaid Prarie Skirt

I saw this darling skirt in Sundance catalog but couldn't pull the trigger because I thought, "I could make that." This happens all too often as proven by my fabric stash. Yes, many things are easy to make, but finding the time is not so easy.
I bought this great plaid at JoAnn sometime last Fall with the skirt in mind but never got around to it. Now that it's January I should really be focused on spring things for my girls (or should I try and knit one of the sweaters for them I didn't get to?) but I felt I had to quickly start and finish a few things for me--I need a little wardrobe boost and fear if I don't do them now I never will. Luckily this project was only about two hours.

I decided the existing width of the fabric was just right for a slightly gathered waist and cut it to the length just under my knee. I seweda tiny seam down the folded edge to match the seamed raw edge. I created a casing at the top for elastic and zigzag finished the bottom edge. Then I made the ruffle with double the width, finished the edges, gathered and sewed the ruffle wrong side to right side of the skirt so you can see the finished gathered edge of the ruffle--one of my favorite details on the Sundance skirt.

Fun with Frye boots and a sweater. I also think this would be fun to wear with a black cropped jacket and black boots. Could go prarie or traditional tartan. Even better. I have about a yard and a half left over--perfect for a dress next Fall for my little Scarlett. Adding that project to my list!

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