Once you’ve mastered the basic skirt you might want to consider making a few variations to get the most from you pattern. There are a LOT of things you can do to make the skirt unique to your style and I’m going to show you two simple ideas to create totally new looks from the one pattern.
Our first skirt is created by cutting each pattern piece twice to give it the fullness of a twirly skirt. This one is made from a vintage sheet so the softness is amazing. To help the elastic stay in place I sewed across the casing at each panel seam. The photo below indicates how long my row of stitching needed to be.
You could also achieve this look with a voile fabric or even soft bridal tulle for a fun tutu skirt. It will work for quilting cottons, but keep in mind there’s a lot of fabric bunched up in that elastic.
The second skirt I made was from denim with a simple raw edge applique. The seams are top stitched in a contrasting colour to match the kitty panel and I used HeatNBond to secure the panel before stitching around it twice. The denim is quite heavy for the elastic, so you might like to use a stronger elastic. I figured I could get away with an elasticated waist for this denim skirt since I’ll always wear a top to cover it.
Here’s a few more ideas you might like to try.
- regular applique
- inserting some quilting panels
- reverse applique
- adding some ribbon or other trim (pompom trim?)
- use a jelly roll or strips to make your own fabric
- add some pockets
Thanks for sewing along and don’t forget, if you’re sharing on Instagram, to use #skirtsewalong and #thesewquiltyworkshop so I can see what you’ve created.