Here is my second skirt using the skirt sloper that I made after taking Suzi Furrer’s Craftsy Class. This time I made a skirt that comes to my waist with a waistband. I noticed that the woven fabric that I scored at the local thrift, was perfect for designing a skirt with fringe.
With this in mind, I cut out my skirt, added 1/2 inch seam allowance, and carefully matched up the plaid at the side seams. I cut the waistband on the bias as a design element. I applied iron-on interfacing to it, which gave it body and kept it from stretching.
I cut a lining from a thrifted slip (my new inexpensive, lining source) and attached it to the waistline of the skirt, making tucks at the location of the darts on the skirt. Suzi says that tucks allow for more ease and that you really shouldn’t put darts in the skirt lining. I sewed in an invisible zipper, and attached one side of the waistband, right sides together, to the waist of the skirt. I carefully pined the inside, then topstitched from the top, catching the folded edge on the inside of the waistband.
I sewed a zigzag stitch just above the point where I wanted the fringe to begin. Then I pulled the horizontal threads out, until I got to about 1/2 inch from the zigzag stitch. I made a buttonhole and sewed on a pretty red button.
Fabric: Woven red,white, and blue thrifted fabric
Pattern: Personal Skirt Sloper
Notions: interfacing, zipper
Time to complete: One evening
First worn: January 18 for a surprise birthday party for hubbie, and the Patriot’s game.
Wear again? Yes! I love red and the fringe is fun and a little Western
Total price: Less than $5.00 in materials, free labor!