DIY: Hearts For Hens



Blouse: Dorothy Perkins

Skirt: DIY

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.

To start with you’ll need a couple of metres each of the overlay fabric, an underskirt fabric, a wide strip of elastic suitable as a waistband, and thread to match.DSCF0999

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.


To make the gathers, baste two lines of stitching close to one another along the waistline…DSCF1009

… then using four anchoring points – the two side seams, and the centre front & centre back – pin the underskirt to the waistband at regular intervals. This helps you guide the gathering.DSCF1010

Draw a loose threads from each line of the basting stitches, and begin pulling the fabric along them. This will create the gathers.DSCF1011

Keep pulling, until your skirt matches your waistband, then check to make sure your gathers are evenly spaced between each quadrant.


Then, you do exactly the same steps with your overskirt. Sew the side seams together,DSCF1013

do the basting stitches for the gathering,DSCF1014_2

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.

20 thoughts on “DIY: Hearts For Hens

  1. What a gorgeous skirt to make for a gorgeous bride to be. Trust Mae has a lovely Hen’s night, my love and best wishes to her.

  2. LOVE! This is so fun, and I definitely want to try making one now. You make such lovely creations look so easy. 🙂

    Congratulations to Mae, and have a great time in NY!

  3. omg lili, cutest skirt ever! you showed us the tulle fabric a while ago, didn’t you? i was already dying then. i neeeed to have this skirt! thank you so much for sharing xxx enjoy new york :*

  4. What a fantastic & fun skirt! I love that you made this for Mae. Hope she has a lovely hen’s day, & I can’t wait to hear wedding details!

  5. That is one seriously *fun* and *beautiful* skirt! I’m going to tag this DIY-instruction and give it a whirl… what wonderful, flowing fashion opportunities it offers. It looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing xo

  6. She did love the skirt and she was so touched that you made it for her. She wore it delightedly on the day. First to Commonwealth Park for some pre-wedding photos with their wonderful photographer, Rowan Atkinson. Then we went to the Hyatt for High Tea, all wearing Ridiculous Hats. Mine was a chook nesting on a straw hat. Mae’s was a Mad Hatter’s velvet top hat. Then we played croquet. Part way through the game, a minibus full of young men randomly arrived on the field in Star Wars costumes, complete with Darth Vader (the groom – it was a buck’s party). They had spotted us from the road and wanted photos with us! Wish you had been there, my lovely.

  7. I THOUGHT that was you in Grand Central Station last Thursday – in a trench coat with a shiny up ‘do! (I am an aussie gal who follows your blog, currently living in Brooklyn).

    This skirt is a stunner.

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