The 2-hour Long Skirt
Being my very first post, I hope you all forgive me if this is unclear. I wanted to show off my new long yellow skirt that I made in just two hours this last weekend. Being very pregnant with twins and only 22 weeks along, I realized, "hmmm, most of my clothes are going to be shrinking...better buy bigger, non-shrinkable clothes". Okay, okay, I know my clothes aren't getting smaller, but a girl can blame it on her clothes instead of her waistline, right? Especially, when she's pregnant... with Twins!! That's my excuse for everything.
Okay, so now that you've all seen my skirt...now for the tell part. I made my skirt longer to hide my beautiful varicose veins, but I think a shorter skirt made this way would be SUPER cute. Maybe after pregnancy I'll make a shorter version and get those veins removed and show my legs in public again...we shall see.
How to make the 2-hour Long Skirt (or short skirt...your choice)
Step 1: Buy 2 yards of cute fabric (mine cost me $5 at Jo-Anns) and 1/2 yard (or more, if you are making more clothes with a stretchy band top) of 4-way stretch fabric. The type of stretch fabric I bought was at Jo-Anns and was next to the Jersey Knit fabric in the Performance/Dance fabric section. It cost $16.99 a yard, but I did have a 40% off coupon...big save. It's nice and thin but will last lots of wear. Not that I'll be doing any performances or dancing in this skirt, but what works, works...right?
Step 2: Cut your belly band out of that wonderful stretchy fabric. I made mine wide enough to go around just below my belly bump (so where my hips should be) and gave it a little extra for seams and growing room. I made it 10 inches wide so when it's folded over it's around 5 inches (this will be the very top of your skirt).
Next, cut your cotton skirt fabric the length you want your skirt, plus an extra inch or so for a bottom seam. I made mine longer, but it's up to you. My fabric was 43" wide, so I just cut a little off of that for the length. I left my width at 2 yards so when I sew it it will gather and give me a little volume to my skirt.
Here's the two cut pieces together, shown folded how they'll be sewn.
Step 3: Now for the sewing part. I'm not a professional seamstress, nor have I made anything for me to wear since high school...but, here's what I did: Sew the skirt's bottom hem. I folded the bottom over about an inch or so and just did a plain old straight stitch.
Step 4: Now sew the side seam of the skirt. I used a straight stitch.