I fell in love with this skirt from Charlotte Russe: However, it was a little too short for my taste. I figured I could make one myself, so I did. I know I don’t quite have the legs of the 5’11” model. I’m stuck with my 5’2″ legs and a crappy camera, but I’m still happy with how the skirt turned out. Do you want to make one for yourself, as well?
– 2 1/4 yds cargo/khaki fabric
– 1/2 yd tulle
– Invisible zipper
– Coordinating thread
– Upholstery thread (optional)
* All seams allowances 5/8″ unless otherwise noted.
1. Measure where you want the top of your skirt to rest. I like mine on my hips, so I measured there, which happened to be 31″. Then I grabbed one of my favorite skirts, and measured the bottom. It happened to be 50″, so that’s what I decided to go with. You’ll also need to measure how long you want the skirt. I wanted mine 22″.
2. Going from there I cut* the following (numbers in red relate to measurements above):
– waistband (2 pieces) 6 1/4″ x 17 3/4″ (hip measurement divided by 2 + 2 1/4″ seam allowances and waistband angle)
* Cut the skirt pieces first, then the waistband, then the ruffle pieces. For my third ruffle piece, I had to sew two pieces of fabric together to get a 9 1/4″ x 44″ strip.
3. Take the 2 waistband pieces and press each one WST (wrong sides together) lengthwise. Lay both pieces on top of each other with the folded edge along the 2 1/2″ line on a cutting mat. Angle a ruler down 1″ to the 0″ line on the cutting mat and cut. Set aside.
7. Then I like to divide my ruffle into fourths and mark with pins, then do the same with my skirt.