Monday, June 6, 2011

Flirt Skirt, a J.Crew Knockoff

Yup another skirt. I am really giving my wardrobe a makeover.
I found this material on sale at Hancock fabrics for $1/yard. SCORE! I love the orange it reminds me of summertime. Anyways, I saw this adorable tutorial on a flirt skirt and wanted to make one for myself. A few things I want to add to the tutorial.

1. make the pockets smaller. I cut them down by about 1 inch all around. I found that the way she made the pockets they were too big and floppy. Which brings me to my second point:
2. hand tack the pocket to the front of the skirt. Just a little stitch in the front corner should do. The pockets flap back and forth and it is really annoying.
3. Wait until the end to make the hem line. You can't really tell how short you want it until you try it on.
4. As far as the elastic goes don't cut the original strip in half. I would recommend you put the front side of elastic in, measure it 11 inch across and then cut with 1 inch on each side of your marking. Then do the same for the back. This will save you elastic so you are not wasting it. I made the elastic the way the tutorial instructed and ended up trimming off about 5 inch of wasted elastic.

Other than that it is a great tutorial. Very easy and the skirt is so breezy and light. I also added something fun (a little bit of flair) to the bottom. After I hemmed the skirt I added a zipper that I opened up. So there is just a trim of zipper along the bottom. I have a shirt that I love that has this and have been wanting to try it on something that I made. Just something different and fun.
I also altered a shirt that I own to go with the skirt. I had a plain white collared shirt hanging in my closet that I rarely wear. I had an idea to add ruffles down the front and change it from boring to appealing. Here is how you can do the same:

1. Cut 2 inch strips of any fabric you want to make the ruffles from. I cut 6 strips.
2. With right sides facing fold the strip in half (hot dog) and sew down one end and the side. Then turn the strip right side out using a pencil or end of a wooden spoon.
3. Press flat. The fold the open end inward so you don't have any open edges. Sew this end down. I used a zig zag stitch because I think it looks nicer. Repeat with all the strips.
4. Once you have the strips done baste down the middle of each strip with a really loose stitch. Then pull on one end to make the ruffle. You can make it as loose or tight as you want.
5. Press the ruffle to make it easier to pin. Then you will pin all your ruffles to the front of your shirt. I staggered mine.
6. Sew down the ruffles to the shirt trying to go over the basting stitch and make sure to back stitch at both ends.


I'm linking up HERE and HERE and HERE


Tracy said...

wow! very clever! your shirt looks adorable and the skirt is great too. an outfit like this would be perfect for me to work this summer. thanks for the ideas! *visiting from fabric bows and more link party*

Katie said...

Great job! I love this skirt! I'd love if you would link up this project at Sew Woodsy for What's Up Wednesday's link party.

Katy said...

I love the zipper on the hem - so clever.

very merry vintage style said...

It turned out really cute! Thanks for linking this post to Share the Love Wednesday!

Shannon @FairfaceWashcloths said...

What a cute idea to put a zipper on the hem! And I love the shirt remake too. Super cute!

Elisabeth said...

I'm so glad that you tried the Flirt Skirt, and that it turned out so well. I love that yellow zipper! I'd appreciate it if you would post a pic to the Growing Home Flicker project pool. You can find it right here:

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

That is very cute! Fabulous job on both the skirt and the shirt. I've never tried to make my own clothes and truthfully, it scares me! lol
Thanks for linking it up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I'll be featuring it tomorrow.

Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

Love both the skirt and shirt!

A Few Pennies said...

Love the ruffles! I love orange too--my fave flip-flops are orange--and I have to have my toenails painted orange (melon color) most of the summer. Sweet ideas--you look cute in your outfit!

Katie said...

I love this skirt and I love what you did to your collard shirt! Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We hope you'll come back today and link up another craft project!

Daniel and Marian said...

Hello! I would LOVE to see the tutorial you made on the flirt skirt, but I believe it's on your blog that is now private, is there any way that I could see the tutorial? Would love it :)