Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Fantastic & flirty no pattern required skirt


If you are a follower of this blog, you may have noticed a trend.
I love to make no pattern required clothes.
I have a new take on the no pattern required skirt.
It reminds me of a skirt that comes straight from the 19-50’s or 1960’s



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I love how it is full & pretty.
This skirt is just 2 long rectangles, sewn up the side, elastic casing sewn & hemmed.


I measured my widest measurement
(of course it’s my bum!)
& tripled it.
Halve that measurement & that is how wide to make each rectangle.

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(click on the diagram to enlarge)


Sew the 2 rectangles together as in the diagram above.

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Sew the elastic casing & hem.


I used these strips of paper (in the pictures below) to make a neat hem & elastic casing.
I used them as a guide to iron the allowance then pinned & sewed.




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Thread the amount of elastic needed to sit snugly on your waist & sew it securely.




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You then have yourself a beautiful full & flirty skirt.




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Team it with a pair of ballet flats for an everyday look or with a pair of heels for a more sophisticated look.
It would be perfect for a day at the park, a shopping trip with friends, a lunch date, a dinner date & even the office.


It would look great with a little strappy singlet in summer, a plain t-shirt in spring, with a little black cardigan in autumn & even fantastic with a denim jacket or blazer in winter.


Dress it up with a load of bling or funk it out with some big chunky bracelets.
Well, I think I may have to make 10 of these!
I could make one in every colour of the rainbow, every bright bold print, every delicate floral……
you name it, it would be perfect!

37 comments:

  1. Your skirt is so pretty! The flowers are perfect to brighten up a winter's day. I love that you made it without a pattern too. You're very talented. I'm visiting from "Whatever You Want Wednesday."

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    1. Thank you Sherry! This skirt makes me smile!

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  2. This is a cute skirt...and you made it look so simple.

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    1. This REALLY is a simple skirt to make Charissa! I hope you make one too! (or 4!)

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  3. This is super cute! I'm going to have to make one for my daughter and myself... I just love fast and easy projects...

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.com

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  4. Jeanna, this skirt is perfect to whip up in uder 30 minutes! Also check out my other no pattern required dresses & skirts! Click on the sewing tab up the top of this page.

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  5. I love this skirt. The fabric is so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I LOVE no pattern things!! Your skirt turned out beautifully! I hope you can come share it at our link party going on now-Monday. Thanks

    http://www.kadie-sevenalive.blogspot.com/2012/01/link-it-up-thursday-4.html

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    1. Hi Kadie, Thanks! I am on my way to your blog now!

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  7. So cute and you make it look totally do-able! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!!

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  8. This is so cute! I love how easy it is! I hate dealing with patterns too! I'd love it if you shared at my linky party... www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com
    -Melissa

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    1. Thanks Melissa! On my way to your page now!

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  9. Great skirt Jos! And so well explained!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  10. Love this!! I live in skirts all summer long and I can see a few of these making it into my closet. (saw you on A Round Tuit)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by & I am sure your closet will be full of these skirts!

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  11. Super cute and cool! New follower!

    www.barefootbysea.blogspot.com

    Have a great week :)

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I will head over to your blog now! Thanks for following!

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  12. I love sewing without buying patterns too. Mostly, I sew stuff for my kids & just base it around clothes they already have :) I'm looking forward to having a look at some of your other sewing projects!

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    1. There is a lot of "no pattern required" clothes to make on here Erin! Enjoy!

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  13. Gorgeous skirt, and looks easier enough that even I could make it!! I made my little girl a skirt a bit like this a few months ago, but hadn't thought about doing one for me - great idea!
    Lovely to have come across your blog today,
    xx Sannah

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    1. Hi Sannah & thanks for stopping by! I hope you love this skirt as much as I do when you make your own (I know you will!)

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    1. Thanks Trish! It really is a fabulous skirt to wear!

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  15. That looks really comfy! I'm a huge fan of no pattern sewing! I think I've only ever used 4 patterns since I started sewing... and all have them have been basic templates found for free online! I'm such a tight ass! hehehe!!!

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  16. It is very comfy Cassandra! There are a stack of "no pattern required" clothes on this blog so make sure you have a look! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. I'm going fabric shopping tomorrow!

    Question though, how do I do an elastic waist band? I've never done one and I know it's silly, but I'm scared to try!

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  18. Hi Jess! The elastic is easy! Just cut the elastic to size plus 1 inch. Make sure that it will sit snuggly. Put a safety pin on one end & thread it through the casing that you make at the top. Sew both ends of the elastic together (very securely) then enclose the casing & I like to do a row of stiching around the waistband to stop from rolling. Just stretch the elastic as you sew. You will be hooked when you make a skirt like this. It is so simple & easy.

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  19. Okay, you may have just inspired me to try this. I've never learnt how to use my sewing machine which has been sitting in its box for at least a year, maybe longer. I think I might try something like this making some dress ups for my daughter first. If that goes well, I might dare make a real one for myself....maybe. Here via IBOT.

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  20. That skirt is so pretty and feminine ... and there are so many things you can do to dress it up or down. So versatile!

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  21. So cute! Just pinned this for when I learn how to sew :) You're being featured at this week's Taking A Timeout Thursday party! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. This is so cute! Can't wait to make one myself!! We're so glad you linked up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" We loved having you! Please come back next Saturday and share more of your great ideas! -The Sisters

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  23. Super cute and easy, I need to make one of these too!
    Thanks for sharing!

    www.notimefortea.com

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  24. I just wanted to let you know I featured your cute skirt on Blissful and Domestic tonight. Stop by and grab a button:>

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2012/02/25-wearable-refashions.html

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  25. Jos, I don't remember your bum being big! LOL I want to thank you so much for linking up last week to my "Thriving on Thursdays" linky party. You always have such fantastic ideas. The party will be starting again in just over 12 hours so if you get a chance, I'd love to see what you've been up to this week.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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