Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Chevron Vintage Modern Skirt

I've always loved the look of a high waist 50's style skirt with a simple band at the waist. After looking around online, I discovered that the wonderful ladies of Simple Simon & Company have a tutorial for this style of skirt, but for kids! I used their tutorial, with some twists of my own to create my own chevron Vintage Modern Skirt - Mama style!
To make my mama version I had 1 yard of my main fabric, and then some navy/white polka dot fabric from my stash, probably 1/2 yard would work. I measured myself and figured out how much excess I would need by adding 4 inches to my waist measurement. I used the same button closure, but made it a little more prominent by adding two buttons.
I think this gives it sort of a nautical vibe.

Here's a little of my creative process.
First I made the band, by folding my waist band according to my measurements in half and sewing the short ends. Then, I ironed under 1 inch along the opening where I slipped my fabric in. I sewed two sets of gathering stitches and pulled to gather, then steamed them to get a better wrinkle effect. I then serged up the sides and slipped the gathers into my waist band and sewed all the way around it. I left an opening long enough for my 7'' zipper that I installed, so it would fit me. For the kid's version on Simple Simon and Co, they don't need a zipper. I did.
For the chevron, I did my chevron technique, which you will find a tutorial that I did at The Sewing Rabbit earlier this month!
I love chevrons and this adds such a different style to any skirt, because you can pick and choose the types of fabrics you want to use, and it used one long piece of fabric instead of lots of piecing!
For my fabrics, I used the Happy Go Lucky Aqua Check Moda line for the main ghingham from Southern Fabric!
And there ya have it! My excitement over my new skirt!

I'd like to give a HUGE HUGE HUGE shoutout to Kelly Smith from PhotosOfGrace Photography! She took all of these photos for me! Please check her out on Facebook!