Blouse: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Chie Mihara
You’re not imagining things – I’ll actually still be in NYC the day this post goes live, helping The Sophisticate celebrate an O-birthday – but I scheduled this to drop on the 13th of April, because I wanted to wish my baby sister a very happy and exciting Hen’s Day.
Hope you’ve had an amazing day, my darling girl, and I hope you’re enjoying the skirt!
This is a skirt ESPECIALLY made for celebrating love in, and I gave it to Mae to wear on her hen’s day (or not!) but first I took some photos in it so I could share it with you, dear readers, as it’s such a fun and easy DIY project.
I’ve had my eye on this fabulous flocked-heart netting since first spotting it in Spotlight, but it wasn’t until I found the wide red elastic that I decided to put my dream for the fabric into action and have a go at making a kind of Queen-of-Hearts-Tutu.
The instructions are pretty obvious.
Lay the fabric out and cut a pair of rectangles from each fabric, making them wide enough to fit round your body (with a bit extra for gathering) and as long as you want your skirt to be. Your top layer should be considerably wider than your underneath layer, and remember: the wider the rectangle, the fuller the skirt. So as you can see, the white underskirt will be much less full that the tulle overlay.
For your waistband, take the elastic, and wrap it around your waist. I usually make it snug, but not too stretched, so it doesn’t cut in uncomfortably. Mark where the seam will be.
Sew the waistband up with a sturdy satin stitch, so that it sits flat on both sides.
Now thread your machine with the thread to match your underlay skirt, and sew the side seams (the short sides) together to made a big circle.
Keep pulling, until your skirt matches your waistband, then check to make sure your gathers are evenly spaced between each quadrant.
then gather the overlay skirt until it matches the underskirt (matching the side seams together again, for tidiness-sake)
To keep the two layers of skirt together, stitch along the waist attaching the underskirt to the overlay with a zig-zig stitch. You can then trim the excess fabric off at the top, but be careful not to accidentally snip into the zig-zag stitching.
Now, using many, many, many pins attach the waistband to the skirt(s) matching the centre back to the seam at the back of the waistband.
And sew the waistband to the skirt, using a long zig-zag stitch, so that the elastic waistband can still be stretched.
Once you’ve hemmed your skirt (if you use netting or tulle you will probably only have to do the underskirt, you don’t have to hem netting, you just just cut it to length) your new skirt is ready.
If you don’t have a beautiful and much loved little sister with an upcoming hens day to share it with, too bad, you’ll have to keep it yourself.