Sigh No More DIY Skirt

So I suppose if you have been living under a rock somewhere you may not have seen this upcoming DIY from Anywho.

Heres the starting dress. Got this potato sack for a buck and it still had the original tags on it. I loved the color and its super soft.

Here are her instructions and I’ll tell you a few things I added also.

1. Use a high waisted bodycon skirt as a pattern (I added about 1/2″ around for seam allowance I also added about 3 inches on the top of mine to make a waistband. Because I made mine from an already made item I used the hem of the dress so if you are not remaking an item you may want to add some allowance for a hem.)

2. Cut 8 wide pieces. (I cut 4 pieces and folded them in half – my pieces were 10 inches wide and 24 inches long. Sew these pieces in order to make 4 tubes)

3. Cross two tubes to achieve a draped affect. Repeat with the remaining two. (Just use the front piece of your skirt for this.

4. Pin everything down all the way around then take the back of the skirt and attach it to the front piece. (I pinned my draped pieces down and sewed them on before attaching the front and back pieces together. I also added a waistband of elastic because it was all wide and weird on me without it.)

I was really wary of how this was actually going to look once it was finished but I actually really really like it and it was just so super easy.

If you wanted to recreate this skirt as the original then you would have to do the draping on the back too. I chose to forgo this as I don’t think I need excess volume and lumpiness on my backside.

I think I would probably wear this with a belt from now on because the elastic waist kind of makes a weird line and I’d probably wear it with tights to to cover those pastey white legs. haha

On another note a small sewing gremlin has stolen the collar for the Theresa dress so that project is on hold for now until boohoo.

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38 Responses to Sigh No More DIY Skirt

  1. Katarina says:

    Love it! If I`d be skinnier I`d try it myself…

  2. limor says:

    Looks fabulous. I love the color.

  3. Ana says:

    Wow! You are very talented! This skirt is amazing and look really cool on you! I have the same top ;)

  4. amazing, i may have to try it myself :) it look awesome on! x

  5. Trudy Callan says:

    I love this. It looks great on you. Thanks so much for the how-to.

  6. Len says:

    Um, epic! I have been living under a rock, have not heard of this and now am super excited to try it.

    I have left some stray pins out in a moustrap for the sewing gremlin, but alas, no luck. Might need to try something bigger, like a spool of thread.

  7. Georgia says:

    I saw that tutorial awhile ago – and was too wary to go there! It looks STUNNING on you though. Great job.

  8. Adin says:

    Oh my gorgeous! I love the skirt. You can’t even tell that, that skirt comes from a momo sort of like dress. You are amazing! :)

  9. Stephanie says:

    Now that is an awesome skirt… I just gotta rummage through my scraps and find me some material and make myself one!! Thanks for sharing!!

    xo Steph

  10. Natasha says:

    Your skirt looks great! And shh, don’t tell, but I think yours is way better than the one in the DIY you based it on.

  11. Angie says:

    I won’t tell.. I promise

  12. Jaimie says:

    Hey, I saw you commented on my blog! Thanks so much for visiting!

    As for the chalk pens, I got them at Michael’s. I had to ASK where to find them though because they were in the most random place. Otherwise, I know you can find them online. Hope you find them!

    Oh yeah, BTW, great skirt!!!

  13. Angie says:

    oh yay thanks so much!

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  15. Julia says:

    I must try this. Apparently, I HAVE been under a rock, and didn’t know anything about this skirt, or the link in question. Your skirt looks really good on you! I kinda wanna try it with supper thin gauze like fabric over a stiff(er) fabric skirt.

  16. Diane says:

    Such a cute skirt. I am always amazed at what you come up with from those 1.00 huge dresses. I was so wanted to see the Treasea dress done. But I bet you have something in mind for it. lol. I bet you have the best wardrobe and have not spent hardly anything on it.

    If I get thiner again. Working on it at the gym. lol. I hope to do a few refashions too. I am not as good as a sewer that you are but I think I can manage a few skirts and dresses. lol.

  17. Angie says:

    Ya now that I tried it out I definitely will try more versions of that. The possibilites are endless. A stiffer fabric would require being a little more precise with measurements and probably adding a zipper for nonstretch material but the shape is so lovely it would surely be worth it! I would love to see what you come up with!

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  19. Ms. Match says:

    Love the skirt! It turned out so great! If you hadn’t mentioned that it was a DIY, I wouldn’t have guessed it! Well done. I am wondering the type of sewing machine you use for this project hough. since this is a stretch jersey fabric, i’m guessing a regular sewing machine won work (I tried and failed miserably). Im taking sewing lessons now and currently only have access to sewing machine at the school but am saving up to buy my own. Can you give me an advise on what to buy? I am really clueless. Would love to have one which can sew stretch jersey type fabric as I love their fit.

  20. Christina says:

    I found your blog via Burdastyle. I love looking at all of your re-fashions!

  21. Dana says:

    You Give me Inspiration girl!!!
    I’m gonna try to make one right now :]

  22. Oooh, that’s so cool! I love the whole “knot” idea.

  23. Brumby says:

    Well seems I too have being under a rock, (glad to see there were a few of us under there) so am very grateful for the link, it does look great, and like a super simple quick project which I love!

  24. Karin says:

    I’ve been living under a rock…. thanks for posting, love the skirt!

  25. Paunnet says:

    Gosh, this is AWESOME!!!!

  26. mommymae says:

    this is awesome! nice work. smart thinking on leaving the twisties off of the back. i can’t imagine it would be comfortable to sit on.

  27. Lea says:

    Looks amazing! I love the colour :)
    Thanks for sharing

  28. Keira says:

    I just found your blog through Bloglovin’ and it’s amazing! Such an inspiration. I really want to learn how to sew. I remember my mom making all of her clothes when I was little. This weekend, I spent an hour in JoAnne’s fabrics looking at sewing books and patterns and fabric, and debating about whether or not to buy a sewing machine. I think you just helped me decide :)

  29. Angie says:

    yay!

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  31. Kirsten says:

    I’ve featured this project in a special skirt collection on AllFreeSewing.com. Hope you enjoy,

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    Your projects are great. Thanks!

    Kirsten
    Editor
    AllFreeSewing.com

  32. Beulah says:

    Love this skirt.Will be making one for my daughter.I think i will do the drape in the back also.She is a size 6.

  33. Daisy says:

    fantastic idea!

  34. Jennie says:

    I was wondering if you could explain to me how you did the elastic in the waist band? I’m going to try this myself but I cant see a seam. It looks great by the way :)

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  36. Drea says:

    So excited to finish this, I’m half way done!:D haha it’s funny how a lot of people have just. Claimed they’ve come out from under rocks.

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  38. Jill says:

    WOW! This skirt is amazing! one of the best refashions I’ve seen!
    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my dress upcycling linky. It’s a long term linky and party of a series of posts I’m running this year about upcycling clothes item by item.
    Please do come take a look at:
    Dress upcycling linky
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success