Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Maxi Skirt


Yesterday morning while perusing Pinterest, I saw a really cute maxi dress tutorial pin and got all inspired to drag out some cotton crinkle gauze I've had stashed FOREVER.  (literally...since 2003? 2004?)  I didn't want a tank dress (I didn't have any tanks I could sacrifice), so I decided to make a skirt.

No pattern or tutorial followed (although the tank dress tutorial above, is pretty thorough, if you need one!)  I just cut lengths of gauze, size determined by holding the gauze at my waist and eyeballing how long I wanted it (adding about 6" for mistakes, casing and hem).  The panel width is double my hip measurement.  (At first, I had even more, since the gauze is very floaty, but that just added unnecessary inches so I hacked off about 10" per side!)

I did a very small "paperbag" waist casing, since I knew I wanted an elastic waist, but one that would still be cute if visible, but the ruffle should still sort of anchor a belt if I wear one:


The crinkle gauze will probably shrink up in the wash (I prewashed it eons ago, but that's how gauze is.  It is a shrinky-dink in fabric form).  I have about 1/2 a yard left though, so my plan is to just add a wide ruffle hem at the bottom if it shrinks up too much in length.

It's windy today and this sucker floated all over the place...but is surprisingly still fairly flattering:


In the top photo on the right, you can see the hem is about 3" deep.  I thought the extra "weight" might pull the skirt down so it didn't puff out as much around my hips.  Ha.  Wishful thinking.

I wore this outfit yesterday about 5 minutes after finishing the hem.  I wish I had a statement necklace...Are bib necklaces still "in"??  That would be perfect.  Or one of those fabric bead necklaces??  Help a girl out!

I did get some interesting double-looks and stares while out and about.  I started to worry I had black panties on, but Lu assured me I didn't.  And judging from these photos, it's not particularly sheer either.  It *might* have been because I was in Atwoods Farm and Home. 

I also busted out the summer shoes...my favorite sandals, from Modcloth.  I even painted my toenails.


Super easy and quick project.  Took about an hour start to finish.  I have big plans for a couple more!

Spring Break Day #1:  Successful. 

20 comments:

  1. It looks so beautiful billowing in the wind! I love the color, especially paired with a red top.

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  2. YAY SEWING POST!!!!!

    you have inspired me. i have a dinner date tonight and it calls for a maxi skirt. (erm, one that i don't royally F up in the back, that is.)

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    1. Ha ! I LOVED your pattern print placement - its still making me laugh !! :-))

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    2. Ha ! I loved your pattern print placement ! Its STILL making me laugh ! x :-))

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  3. Ang - that's beautiful. I love how you paired it. I wonder if I have gauze, hmmmmmm...

    g

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  4. girl, my OFFICIAL statement now is that it's because they thought you were a commie hippie. Only explanation. Because that looks pretty fab.

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  5. Oh man, I am LOVING the maxiskirts lately and this is so lovely!

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  6. I LOVE this colour combination , I am seeing maxi skirts everywhere lately . I need to make one :-)

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  7. Super cute and comfy too? Okay, sign me up for that. Off to the fabric closet right now to look for an appropriate fabric...

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  8. Ooh, I LOVE it, Angie! Awesome spring colors and it's really flattering on you to boot. AND really great idea for the paper bag type waistband - I'll be filing that away in the memory banks for later. Great job! Now, keep 'em coming!!!

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  9. Woohoo! We must be on the same brain wave as I also just made a maxi skirt and wore it today. :) I say statement necklaces are still in and would look super cute with your skirt!

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  10. Looks like fun. I might have to make something like that! Thanks for the inspiration.

    SueC56

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  11. That is so pretty, beautiful color, wonderful job.

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  12. Very pretty! And thanks for the tutorial link-- I also have a piece of gauzy cotton that I have mentally pegged for a maxi skirt (as soon as I figure out what color to dye it, because I already have one long white skirt and really don't need another.)

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  13. I love that color on your skirt and seeing your nice toenails reminds me I'd better break down and get a pedi before I start getting old lady toenails.

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  14. Anonymous5:54 PM

    testing the word ver removal...

    --angie :)

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  15. I think it looks lovely ! Such a beautiful colour, great job. I also feel ashamed about the state of my footsies after seeing yours ! I need to pretty them up. :-)

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  16. Oooo, so pretty! Love that color combination. Statement necklace? I still wear some bib necklaces so try it. It would look great with a long necklace also.

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