Today I'm pleased to welcome guest One Pearl Button!
(Today's featured pattern after intro)I found One Pearl Button when looking for Polaroid tips. Check out her guide to taking Polarioids here. But along with her love of Polaroids, Alli also loves to sew, craft and just plain create!
Her favorite craft projects are simple, stylish, and make a big impact! Take this hideous Winnie the Pooh men's shirt (those two things should not be in the same sentence) and made it into a super cute plaid caplet.
Remember how I said she's also a 'crafter'? Love this vinyl iphone skin cover!
Or these magnetic paper dolls (which I've been dying to try myself).On top of being a fabulous crafter and photographer, Alli is an archaeologist and attends graduate school.
Says Alli, "Although I consider myself the luckiest person in the world to have my dream job, I firmly believe that everyone needs a hobby! OPB is mine. I primarily blog about crafting (especially sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet) and photography, although posts about fashion, design, and life in general pop up, too! My goals for this space are to share what I've created, to inspire readers to live their own creative lives, and to make connections with creative friends."
I'm so pleased to have Alli here on Grosgrain today and showcase her amazingness! Now, without further ado, let me present Alli and her midi length skirt pattern tutorial!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Hello Grosgrain readers! I'm Alli, the hobby crafter and photographer behind the blog One Pearl Button. I'm so happy to be here today to celebrate the big changes coming to Grosgrain!
If you've been anywhere on the internet this spring, you've certainly noticed that longer length skirts are back in a big way. I've been wanting to try the midi length, but as a shorty (I'm only 5'3"), I wasn't sure how it would work out. Enter wardrobe refashioning - a great way to try out a trend without a big investment!
What you need: All you need is an old skirt or dress (I found mine on the $1 rack at my favorite thrift store), some wide elastic (I used 2.5"), basic sewing supplies, and two measurements: your natural waist, and the length you'd like your skirt to be.
Step 1: Cut your elastic to the measurement of your waist plus 1". Fold it in half (right sides together) and sew the short edges together with a .5" seam allowance. Be sure to backstitch on either side to make sure it's nice and secure. Ta-da - you've made the world's quickest and easiest waistband! Set it aside for now.
Step 2: Measure your dress/skirt from the waistline. Subtract the length you'd like your skirt to be from the current length of the skirt (I wanted mine to be 24" and it was 27", so I knew I needed to trim off 3"). Measuring from the waistline, mark where you need to trim all the way around the skirt.
Step 3: Cut along the marks. You can use a rotary cutter, but I prefer scissors to keep a smooth line around the gathers. When you're done cutting, you'll be left with a big tube of fabric.
Step 4: Set your machine to its longest straight stitch (it's #4 on mine) and sew two rows of stitching, the first 1/4" from the edge and the second 1/2" from the edge. I do this easily by using the pressure foot as a guide - line it up with the fabric edge for the first line of stitching, and with the first line of stitching for the second. Leave the thread ends long and be sure not to backstitch or cross the lines!Step 5: Working from both sides, carefully gather the skirt until the opening is about the same size as your elastic waistband.Step 6: Pin the skirt to the waistband, adjusting the gathers as necessary. The right side of the skirt should face the wrong side of the waistband.
Step 7: Using a smallish zig-zag stitch, sew the skirt to the waistband, stitching over the raw edge. Be sure to catch the entire edge to prevent any unraveling later! Don't forget to backstitch and to remove all your pins.That's it - you're done! Flip it inside out, give it a quick press, and you're ready to rock the midi skirt trend!
Remember, if you decide the length isn't for you (or you just get tired of it next season), it's easy enough to hem it up to an eternally-flattering knee length, or even all the way up to a mini. This project is 100% no risk, so you might as well give it a try!Thank you for having me, Kathleen, and congrats on the new direction for Grosgrain!
Thank YOU Alli for taking the time to create such a cute tutorial! It was my pleasure to have you today!
Stay tuned tomorrow for Meg of Elsie Marley!
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