I’m a skirt person. Pants never fit, shorts are awkward, skirts are forgiving. Looking to freshen up my spring wardrobe I saw this cute little number on Anthropologie’s website (below left). With their prices out of my league, I decided to make one using the skirt in this dress pattern I already owned as my guide. As you can see, they are both shaped the same.
I purchased two yards of Marimekko fabric at the Crate and Barrel outlet in Old Town for $3.99/yd. (If you’re looking for fabric for clothing or home accessories, you should definitely check out the selection at Crate and Barrel.)
To make the skirt, I followed the directions for the dress, stopping after I made the pleated skirt part. Then I created a wide waist band approximately 6×30 inches, folded in half lengthwise and stitched it to the skirt. For a clean look, I made the waist band flap over the side, secured to itself with a strip of velcro.
In the end, the skirt took about an hour to make, plus additional time to pre-wash the fabric. And here’s the final product.
The pleated poofiness of the skirt is also helpful for an impromptu game of Badminton. I’m sure my neighbors got a chuckle watching this spectacle.
Since I’ll go ahead and call this a DIY success, there are more skirts on the horizon. Leslie asked for one with this Marimekko fabric.
And I’ll get another with this sweet vintage-looking print.