Can you spot the difference between the two images? One is midi and one is knee length, but it is the same skirt and the same tutorial. This is just one of the reasons I’m loving all sorts of things about this skirt! It is cheetah print, it cost $3 to make, it is stretchy, comfy, easy and fast to make, and most of all…it is 2 skirts in one. It can be transformed from a midi to a knee length skirt with just a fold of the band. Now go and make one!
hat: oasap top: self-made (tutorial here) skirt: self-made (even simpler pencil skirt tutorial here) shoes: f21
1 yard of stretchy material (this depends on how long you want the skirt) – this one is from hobby lobby
Cutting & Measuring:
ONE – a long piece (ore two half pieces) of a fabric that stretches from right to left. Make it as long as your waist size once stretched tightly around your waist with seam allowance, and about 12-14 inches wide with seam allowance. I took mine in a few times after because it stretches more than I thought. **Most importantly make sure it can slide up and over your hips.
TWO – Cut two pieces for the main part of the skirt by measuring around your upper hips/low waist, then measure how long you want the skirt from your upper hips/lower waist to 5+ inches past your knee. Add seam allowance to both measurements. Remember you want the skirt to stretch, so once it is all sewn up, you will have to try this part on and take it on by a few inches. But to be on the safe side I always start out this way. Cut out your pieces.
1. Sew your pieces together to create two tubes. One is you waist band and the other is your main skirt. Try on the waist band and the skirt separately and take in till it fits comfortably.
2. Fold the tube of the waist band in half, wrongs sides touching. Iron.
3. Slide the waist band into the skirt, right sides together (the cheetah prints are touching) with raw edges facing up. Pin them together. You will have to stretch the band while you sew it to the rest of the skirt if you are like me and your hips are bigger than your waist (so the openings of the band and the skirt won’t match up completely.
4. Sew them together with a vari-overlock stitch or zig zag stitch. You don’t need to serge the edges because knit doesn’t fray.
5. Hem the bottom at least one inch. I folded the end in 1/4 inch, then again an inch, ironed and sewed. I sewed a straight stitch and stretched the fabric while I sewed it into place (I feel the straight stitch looks the nicest, but you can use a zig zag too).