Just as there are plenty of dress shapes and silhouettes to choose from, skirts have their own line-up and applications, too! If it's your first time making a skirt or you're just looking for a reference to help research for your next project, we've got you covered! Poplins, Brocades, and Tweeds! Cottons, Silks, and Sateens! Click here for a look at a tiered skirt design we made here at Mood! We’d suggest these fabrics if you’re looking to make a skirt with this design: Jersey Knits, Crepes, and Viole! Crepe Back Satins, Silks, and Dupioni! Satins, Suitings, and Sateens! Suitings, Sateens, and Wool! Neoprenes, Jersey Knits, and Ponte. Silk Georgette, Ponte, and Silk Charmeuse! Pique, Silks, and Suitings! Poplin, Silk Chiffon, and Silk Georgette! Brocades, Crepe Back Satin, and 4-Ply Crepe Silk! Jersey Knit, 4-Ply Crepe Silk, and Poplin! Pique, Denim, and Suede! Satin, Suiting, and Eyelet! Tweeds, Sateens, and Jersey Knits! These are the more common skirt designs and silhouettes, but we tried to cover a wide range to help you get started! Which of these is your favorite style? What style will you make for your next project?
Wide SleevesBig sleeves are always a comfortable fit, and their draped look flows beautifully. Graceful looks like these were sprinkled through many of the line-ups. Wide sleeves are nice, because they can help make you look and feel elegant. They can be made from all different fabrics, too. Need some ideas for making tops like these? Try these:
Leather JacketsStraight-cut, embellished, or studded, leathers were a familiar and glamorous appearance for the show. Many leather fashions are still sporting motorcycle and bomber jackets, so if you haven’t grabbed one for yourself yet, there’s still time! Leather is great with both suave and edgy styles, so they look good on practically anyone. Looking to make a leather jacket? Consider some of these fabrics (pleather is an option, too!):
Flowing SkirtsBig, flowing skirts popped up in the beginning of the season, and they’re still going pretty strong. Now being paired with fitted tops like these, they lean more to the side of sophisticated than comfy like their early season counterparts. With a more business casual attire, these skirts can look very sleek. Fabrics with good drapes like these would be perfect for a flowing skirt: What were you favorite designs from Paris Fashion Week? Do you have any plans for new sewing projects that were inspired by the trend reports?
Since both of these styles cut off around the ankle, attention is drawn to your feet in the overall look, giving you the perfect chance to make your footwear your statement piece. And yes, wearing heels with jogger pants is acceptable right now. The style contrast is a huge trend! So don't be shy--clash your styles! If you're interested in making a pair of ankle-length pants for yourself, consider these fabrics: And for jogger pants: What do you think about this Fall's fashion trend line-up? Are you more into dressing with show-stopping statements as the priority, or does this wave of practical fashion suit your tastes more? Save Save Save Save
- ~1 yd brocade (Most brocades are 55-59" wide; you need enough yardage to cover desired length + 10")
- ~3/4 yard lining material (again, based on desired length) -- any lightweight fabric in a coordinating color will do (acetate lining, lightweight poly or rayon, silk habotai, cotton batiste)
- 1.5" elastic (length: half of your waist measurement) -- large safety pin
- OR a 1" button
- ~1 yd net/tulle (equal yardage to your brocade, or more for serious bubbliness)
MeasurementsThis project consists of 3 rectangles, so measuring is a breeze this time. You will need these measurements:
- Waist __ x 3 +1" =
- Waist __ + 13" =
- Waist to desired hem length + 1" (a friend may help here; stand straight, hold the tape at your waist, let it hang loosely)
SewingThe sewing on this skirt is really quick and easy. You'll spend the bulk of your time in this project adjusting your gathers. Start by sewing gathering stitches on both ends of your brocade. (If using tulle, you can place it on the wrong side of the brocade and sew them together in a single step, here.) Remember, to do a gathering stitch, set your machine to the longest stitch length and sew about 1/4" from the edge, then once more at 3/8". Do not back stitch at either end. You need loose threads to pull on to do the gathering. If making a flat/buttoned waistband: leave about the top 5" of either side seam open. Turn under the seam allowance on either side and hem. This is your opening for getting into the skirt. If using tulle: I didn't sew the side seam of my tulle, because I wanted it to float freely. So I just pulled it to the sides, as you can see in the picture, and sewed as if it wasn't there. (Afterward, I tacked the middle of the tulle to the middle of the side seam, just to help distribute fullness.) Fold your two layers back together, wrong sides together. Ironing the hem seam is a good idea. Gather the brocade to fit the lining width and baste all of the layers together. We need to gather all of these layers to fit the waist band, so you can leave the ends of the stitching open -- basting and gathering in one! If doing an elastic waist, sew the ends together to make a circle. If doing a flat/buttoned waist, just leave it as is for the time being. Place the right side of your waistband against the right side of your skirt. Adjust the top edge of the skirt to fit. (Because I'm doing a half elastic waistband, I concentrated my gathering in the middle third, since the rest will be gathered along the elastic.) Sew. If doing a flat waist: you'll have a half inch hanging off one end, and over an inch hanging off the other end. To finish the ends, fold the waistband in half, right sides together, and make sure the seam allowance is turned under on both sides. Sew the short end closed. Trim the seam allowance. This is the same process we used to attach the collar band on last week's summer wool cardigan, so have a look at that photo if you need a visual. Turn the waistband to the inside. Again, ironing will help a lot here. If doing a flat waistband: make a buttonhole, sew on your button, and you're finished! (You can add snaps or hooks to the opening to keep it shut, if you're concerned.) If adding elastic: remember to leave a 2-3" space open for inserting the elastic. As I said before, I'm doing a half elasticated waist, because brocade is bulky and I want the front to have a smooth finish. Now, maybe you'll have a better idea for inserting the elastic, but here's what I did. Lay your skirt out flat. Mark out half of your waist measurement. (I'd recommend making these markings over the area where you left a seam opening for elastic insertion.)
St. Patrick's Day will be here before you know it, and what better way to show a little holiday spirit than to rock your green with pride? I opted to create a Full Circle Skirt with a zipper that is super cute, and was super easy. To get it done, I grabbed a few supplies -- like this great green ponte knit fabric and zipper -- from Mood Fabrics, and knocked it out in just a few hours. Got plans to celebrate? Tell me how you'll "dress" for St. Patty's Day, below. SUPPLIES: 1.5 yards of green ponte knit, cardboard or tracing paper for pattern, scissor, rotary cutter, pencil, straight pins, a zipper, straight edge, and a sewing machine. HOW-TO: 1. Fold your fabric in half, and then in half again (the fold is along the bottom of this picture, and essentially you have 4 layers right now), and place your pattern on top. (Note: if you need a refresher on how to make your own circle skirt pattern, see my tutorial here). 2. Next, cut your skirt out and open it up. 3. After that you'll want to create your waistband, so double up your fabric and cut out two long rectangles (mine were 25 in x 1.5 in). 4. Pin your two pieces for the waistband together, right sides facing. 5. Give yourself about 1/4 seam allowance and sew either side your waistband -- you are creating a tube of fabric. 6. Turn this tube you created inside out (so you are looking at the "right" side now).
HOW-TO CONT'D: 7. Lay your skirt out -- right side down -- and then take your zipper to estimate how long of a slit you'll need to cut. Then, use your rotary cutter and straight edge to make the incision. 8. Fold your opening for your zipper back about a 1/4 in and then pin your zipper in place to both sides of this opening. 9. Sew the zipper in place. 10. Take the waistband you completed in Step #6, and pin it on your skirt opening. 11. Next, sew this waistband on. 12. Finally, do any finishing touches you might need to connect your waistband to your zipper, and you are all set! Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Manilla, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
leather fringe heels I made here (which I won't be wearing at the same time as the skirt, just an FYI), I wanted to add another cool leather piece to my wardrobe as we head into fall, and Mood Fabrics NYC had some really supple faux leather to help me achieve the look. (Also available online at MoodFabrics.com.) How to wear it into the new season? Just add some tights and a chunky sweater and you're all set. Tell me what you think below. SUPPLIES: Skirt (I got this one really cheap at H&M, or you can make your own), faux leather, leather studded trim, straight edge, glue, rotary cutter, scissors, and a tape measure.
HOW-TO: 1. Fold your faux leather in half and lay it out on a flat surface. 2. Measure the length of the front of your skirt, seam to seam (mine was 14 inches across). Then cut 3 sections of the folded faux leather, each 7 x 14 inches. The length is determined by the length of your skirt, and you may want to be a little more generous with the width to avoid my mistake I made of it being too short once you put it on). 3. Leaving the folded edge across the top, cut each of the 3 sections into 1/8 in strips with a 1/2 in seam allowance. 4. For safety, lay out the 3 sections before you glue them down. Once you know where you want them to go, start from the bottom and put a line of glue across top seam of 1 of your sections, and press it into place. I let my fringes hang about 1.5 inches over the skirt's hem. Repeat this for the other 2 sections. 5. Lastly, measure the width of the waistband of your skirt, cut a piece of trim the desired length (again, try it on before you cut), and then glue it into place.
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for the past a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and was a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
I've been on a bit of a sequin kick lately, and recently stumbled upon the "metallic fabric" section at Mood Fabrics NYC—I was instantly smitten. After only a few minutes in my new "heaven," I discovered this fabric with an ombre-like affect and immediately snapped up a yard. I figure I must have been on to something, because before it could be put away, another young lady grabbed a yard for herself too. Skirt, a pair of shorts, you can do any number of things with this.....tell me what you think of the colors below. Editor's note: You can find more sequin fabrics online here at MoodFabrics.com.
SUPPLIES: 1 yard of sequin fabric, straight pins, invisible zipper, scissors, and a skirt you already own whose shape you love. HOW-TO: 1. Fold your fabric in half and lay a skirt you love on top of it to create your own pattern. 2. Cut out the 2 forms of the pattern you just created. 3. Place your 2 forms together -- insides facing -- and pick the side where you'd like to place your zipper. Open up the two forms, and giving yourself a 1/2 inch seam allowance, pin the zipper on one side of the form, being sure to start close to the top of the waist band. (Note: I liked more of the rust color on the bottom, so I folded down quite a bit at the waist to center my desired design). 4. Once one side of the zipper is in place, flip the skirt over and pin the 2nd half, down. 5. Close up the remainder of the zippered side of the skirt with straight pins. 6. It was easier for me pin the correct shape with the skirt on, so I slipped it on to pin the opposite side. HOW-TO CONT'D 7. Open up the zipper and sew it into place on both sides. 8. Now that the zipper is intact, sew together the remainder of this side of the skirt. 9. After feeling a little clumsy with the fabric scissors, I opted to snip off the remainder of a 1/4 inch seam allowance of sequins with cuticle scissors (Note: removing a few rows of sequins gives the skirt a clean edge to fold back for your hem). 10. Fold back 1/4 inch hem and pin it into place. 11. It's a lot less messier if you put some paper down, so lay the skirt on top, and uncover only the area you want to spray with adhesive. Let it dry. 12. Hand stitch 1/4 inch hem, remove pins, and then you are all set!Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for the past a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and was a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
- When the design is simple—like an elastic waist skirt—let the fabric be the star. Silks, brocades, knits, cottons…so many options! Just pick a fabric that looks graceful when gathered at the waist and not bumpy. Some heavier fabrics like denim won’t work well, for example.
- Make or use a pattern that has a separate casing for the waistband. Folding over the top waist edge and then stitching looks homemade; adding a waistband casing is easy and really doesn’t add much time at all to the process. Plus it will result in a more expensive, RTW-looking skirt. I like Simplicity pattern 2258 for the attached waistband and pockets option (used in white skirt above).
- Lightweight fabrics look better with more gathers at the waist, medium-weight to heavyweight fabrics look better with fewer gathers.
- Don’t forget to fit as you sew, especially if you are making a slim-fitting skirt. You want the skirt to fit over your hips or widest part when you pull it on, and you want to be able to move freely in it. When I made the skirts shown above we had three fittings to get the fit and amount of gathers at the waist just right. That may seem like a lot of effort for a simple skirt like this, but the rest of the construction was so easy that the fitting sessions didn't really add much time.
- Use wide elastic. A 1.5-inch width, for example. The wider the elastic width, the more stylish it looks.
SUPPLIES: Iron, charmeuse from Mood Fabrics (about 2.5 yards), 2-inch elastic band from Mood Fabrics (depending on length of waist; I used about 2.5 feet), tape measure, pen, tulle from Mood Fabrics (about 3 yards) , straight pins, scissors, cardboard, and a sewing machine.
HOW-TO: 1. Take your tape measure, pen, and card board to create your own pattern for your skirt. 2. Next, decide the length of your waist by using this equation (don't worry...it's simple): (waist length + 2 inches)/(6.28). Note: For example, my equation was (25 + 2)/6.28 = 4.299. Then starting at the corner of your cardboard, take that number (mine was about 4 1/3 inches) and measure it out from one edge, to the other. 3. Connect your dots. 4. Decide the length of your skirt (Mine was about 18 inches). Make sure you are cognizant of the width of your fabric, or you may wind up having to do what I did and tape some extra paper onto your cardboard to complete your pattern. Measure the 18 inch (or whatever length you decide) line like you did in Step #2, from the line you previously created. 5. Cut out your triangle. 6. Fold your fabric in half, and then in half again. 7. Place your cardboard pattern on top of your fabric (Note: in my picture, the fold is across the top, and down the left hand side). 8. Since the charmeuse is such a slippery fabric, it may help you to pin the cardboard pattern to the folded fabric. 9. Cut out the form -- this is what it looks like when you are finished. 10. Now that you've cut your skirt out, you don't need that original pattern, so you can now use the cardboard cut out to create the pattern for the tulle skirt. (Note: in my picture I cut off about 2 inches, but wound up only needing one. So, my tulle skirt pattern was 17 inches).
HOW-TO CONT'D: 11. Fold your tulle in half, and then half again, like you did in Step #6. 12. Remember, the folds in the picture are down the left side, and across the top. Cut out the form (Remember, this time it's 17 inches in length). 13. It will look like this once you've cut it out....I individually cut out 6 of them. 14. Lay all 6 forms out on top of each other, being careful to line up the middle circle as best as you can. 15. Using straight pins to secure the form at its north, south, east, and west points. 16. Lay your 6 tulle forms on the sewing machine, and sew one continuous stitch around the top of the waist. 17. It will look like this once you are done sewing. 18. Cut out a piece of elastic the length of your waist plus 2.5 inches (so you can get it over your hips). 19. I want the flat side exposed, so turn the elastic right sides together, and stitch it. 20. Iron a 1/4 seam allowance all the way around. 21. Sew the hem. 22. Now, take the waist of your skirt, and your elastic band (right sides out) and secure the skirt to the inside of the elastic. I pinned it initially in 4 spots -- the north, south, east, and west points. After pinning these four points, I then added more pins all the way around the waist band. 23. Sew the band to the skirt....and you're all set!I seemed to have attracted a little fan in the park during my shoot who told me she really liked my skirt. Her name was Alexis, and the following day was her birthday, so I thought it only befitting to include her :)
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
Unfortunately, Mood Fabrics is now sold out of this beautiful sailboat charmeuse, but take a look at these other great prints they have to offer!
So...I picked up a copy of Instyle magazine this month (for leisurely reading AND because I happen to be in this issue --insert squeals of delight -- and I noticed that since spring is right around the corner they predicted that a hot color this upcoming season would be pistachio.
I don't know about you....but it's sometimes hard to keep up with every NEW color of every season. Well, that is unless you get a little box of dye and some feather trim from Mood Fabrics and do what I did -- give a whole new life to an item I already had. I've been itching to make an ostrich feather skirt...and I thought this would be a perfect combo -- flirty, fun, and fresh. Oh, and if you can't get to Mood's NYC store, you should check out their big selection of feather trim online.SUPPLIES: An old skirt, 1.5 inch wide ribbon, at least 8 yards of ostrich feather trim (Note: the amount of feathers you'll need depends upon desired size and length of skirt. I used about 7 yards here for 2 layers on each of the 4 rows), 1 box of RIT dye, hair dryer, thread, straight pins, needles, Magna-Tac glue, scissors, gloves, and a pot (Note: your sink or a bucket will work too).
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, MTVStyle, Essence Magazine, and TJMaxx.com. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.