Monday, February 10, 2014


Top: Sheinside c/o (sold out, similar and on sale!) Skirt: me (tutorial below, fabric found here c/o Michael Levine, similar) , Shoes: Lulu's c/o, Clutch: Forever 21 (similar), Cuff: Urban Philosophy c/o, Lips: MAC 'So Chaud'

I have been seriously swooning over all things floral lately.  When I saw this amazing poly charmeuse while exploring the warehouse wonderland at Michael Levine, I immediately thought of Rachel's skirt from this post.  I have had a floral midi on my to sew list for a while, so I snatched this fabric right up.  I created a quick tool skirt to slip on underneath to give it a little extra volume as well.  It was perfect to wear at the last night at Alt Summit for the mini parties (more from my Alt experience to come!)

Click below for the full tutorial...

  • 2 yards of floral fabric (I used this gorgeous stretch poly charmeuse)
  • matching thread
  • invisible zipper
  • large hook and eye
  • small strip of interfacing

  • Step 1:   Cut 2 rectangles for your skirt sections.  Measure your natural waist, divide it by 2, and then multiply that number by 3 to get the width (add 1” to allow for ½” seam allowance per side).  Then determine how long you want the skirt to be and add 2” for seam allowance (1/2” for the top, 1 ½” for the hem).  My skirt pieces measured 42”W  x 29”L.

  • Step 2:   Place a pin in the center of the top width, and create 3 knife pleats on either side of the center that each point toward the center pin.  I wasn’t super exact, but tried to eyeball each pleat to be about the same width.  You will want the width to measure half of your waist measurement plus 1” s.a .when the pleats are complete.  Make sure to leave ½” per side for the s.a.  Repeat with back skirt section.  Carefully press the pleats into place and do a quick basting stitch ¼” from the top to secure the pleats.  (this last part isn’t crucial but it makes things a lot easier when attaching the waistband)
Tip: It helps to have a measurement tape laid above as you create the pleats to give you a reference as to how thick to make the pleats in order to get the correct total width.  (see above photo)

  • Step 3.  Cut your waistband to be 3” long and the width of your natural waist plus 2” for s.a. (and because it will overlap to close).  I cut mine a few inches longer and then ended trimming it a bit.  Then cut a 1” strip of interfacing that is the length of your waist measurement. 

  •  Step 4.  Fold the width of the waistband under about ½”, press, and then apply the interfacing directly about the fold (see photo).  Fold the other side over ½’ inch and press.  Fold the top and bottom ends under ½” as well.  Then fold in half length-wise and press.  All of your seam allowances should now be hidden inside the fold.

  • Step 5.  Place the front and back skirt sections right-side together and stitch up all the way on one side with ½” s.a.  Insert your invisible zipper on the other side (match the selvage at the top of the zipper with the top of the fabric).

Step 6.  Stitch up one short side of the waistband, and sandwich the top of the skirt in between the waistband so that about ½” of the top of the skirt is covered (make sure that the basting stitches are up inside of the waistband).  Line up the stitched side with one of the open zipper sides.  Pin all the way around and stitch as close to the bottom edge of the waistband as you can.  You will have an extra inch or so on the waistband.  Fold the edge under and hand stitch a large hook and eye for the closure (see close-up shot above)

  • Step 7.  Serge or zigzag stitch all along the bottom to finish off the raw edges, and press under 1 ½” for the hem.  Blind stitch the hem. 


  1. You look fabulous!!!! Love that skirt, perfect for Valentines Day!!!

    Xo Ash
    Sincerely Miss Ash

  2. Truly obsessing about that skirt, is so beautiful!


  3. This is absolutely gorgeous. I wishhhhhhhh I had any sewing skills at all!!!

  4. lovely! I'm seeing so much floral around lately!

    I just made a skirt according to your gilded skirt tutorial, best skirt I've made yet! and I have some fabric that would be perfect for this skirt!

  5. Thank you for the tutorial, I can't wait to try it out. Just wondering if the fabric you used has a stretch in it? I am wanting to buy it but I am not sure. thank you.

  6. Awsome tutorial. Thanks!!!!


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