Sunday, August 5, 2012

Double Layered Gold Skirt

My besties were laughing at me at church this morning. Here's how the conversation sort of went...

Them: "Did you make your skirt?"
Me: Yes. This morning.
Them: Before church?
Me: Yes. I should have been reading my Bible...
Them: Oop, I have nothing to wear... SHRUMMMMM.... (motions of pushing fabric through the machine)
Me: Pretty much.
Them: Get out of here!!!

I sort of love them... and well, the skirt.
This is a spin off of the Sweet Verbena Simple Skirt that Katy so graciously gave me permission to teach to my next Sew Classy class. Wanna sign up!?

My husband and I have one car right now, so sometimes I drive him to work, so I can run errands or whatever, and since he works downtown, I have the temptation to run in and out of really cute boutiques on my way home, spending no money, of course, just gathering ideas. Well, whatever day it was that I drove him to work this last week, I decided it was high time I checked out a fabric store on Main Street downtown Columbia, that has been there forever... House of Fabrics.

I walked in and I felt like I was immediately transplanted to a NY fabric store in the fabric district, except more spacious. They didn't have designer lines, like Amy Butler or whoever, but their assortment of fabric was really fun. Really. It.was.awesome. (for Columbia, SC) I honestly couldn't believe I had not gone in there yet. I just haven't had a need for new fabric with trying to use up my given stash, and this place has fabric I know I will love, like for costumes and kind of really random crazy items I am sure to sew up, as well as, unique trims and rolls just shoved on a wall. Really. I was in my own little sewing heaven, even though the prices probably were higher than I would like to spend on fabric, because I like good deals! I still enjoyed my time there. The owner even took some of my business cards to hand out to the younger crowd that may want to sew! Cool!

As usual, I ask, where are your knits...I'm always looking for good knits.... do you know what I saw... this gold knit fabric... uh, what!? Did you say GOLD KNIT!!!
 Rock, my socks off, I had to have it.

So, this morning I turned it into a skirt, only, I wanted the big wide look of exposed elastic at the top, but retaining the same double tiered simple skirt like at Sweet Verbena. My main issue was this knit was not the same on either side, like a jersey knit, so I couldn't just fold it over in half, and go like Katy's tute... I had to cut it and lay the pieces on top, then sew the elastic on top of that.

Okay, let me just show you what I'm talking about!

-You need fabric that is at least 60'' wide on one side. The roll was 60'', so one yard was enough for me.
-Exposed elastic

1) Fold your fabric over where you have a few inches at the bottom. Cut along the fold. 
2) Pin around the perimeter of the top layer of the skirt to hold in place. Measure your elastic around your waist and cut one inch more than needed. 
 3) Finish your elastic ends. 
4) Switch your machine to a stitch that sews elastic (look in your manual, it looks like a zig zag stitch, or use a zig zag stitch, whatevs!) Stretch and pin about every inch your skirt layers to your exposed elastic. I used two legs of a bed and table to help me. I know....that's really weird. It's also weird that I almost always work on the floor, despite having a huge table in my craft space for these projects. I always end up on the floor. After pinning, it will look like this: 
5) Stretch and pull your elastic as you sew your waistband onto your skirt. You want your elastic to be flat against the skirt, not bunched up, as you sew. Stretch it, sew to the next pin, unpin, stretch, continue until you have sewn completely across and have something like so: 
6) Put your skirt edges together and sew down to create a seam. I wish I had seperated the top layer and sewn that seam, so it had hung freely over the bottom seam. I may actually unpick this seam and do that, but it doesn't really matter, I suppose, just make sure your layers are matching. Increase your stitch length as you sew down the knit fabric.
 
And TA-DA!!! You have a super cute skirt, a really fast sew, and something to wear to church! Go love Jesus, people! His grace is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
 

Love in Christ,
Vanessa

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation (God atoning sacrifice) for our sins." 
- 1 John 4:7 - 10