Have you ever got an idea in your head and you immediately need to try it out and discover whether or not you can do it? Well, I get this quite often when I’m thinking of fashion. As I’ve committed myself to thrifting everything, you often have to think outside the box to get what you need. Case in point, this DIY project. This came about when I woke up one morning last weekend and decided I wanted to create a two piece. My initial thought was to use one of my midi skirts which has been sitting in my closet, but on closer investigation I realised I’d need more than a midi skirt to cover my top and my bottom! To the op shop it was, and this is where I came across this perfect maxi skirt for a grand total of $4. I just knew it would work perfectly.
This DIY will only focus on the skirt section, even though I know I promised a top too. But I may not be able to deliver on that, my ability to create the top part is failing me so far. The joys of teaching yourself to sew. You have successes (like this skirt) and failures (the top part).
- First things first, I decided I wanted to keep the zip, but lose the waist band.
- I cut around the top of the skirt, being careful to not allow the zipper to fall out of the zip!
- I pinned the skirt so I could sew a hem at the top of the skirt. This gives the skirt a clean finish and prevents the zip from running away. I then quickly hemmed the skirt.
- From there I measured the width of the skirt and divided it by the number of pleats I wanted to include. I find the easiest way to make a skirt fit when it is too large is to pleat the fabric. This also has the advantage of adding additional texture and movement in the skirt.
- Once all the pleats were pinned I sewed them in too.
Voila you have yourself a new wearable skirt! I used a sewing machine to do this, but you could just as easily sew this DIY by hand, a machine just speeds the process up.