When spring rolls around my fingers start to get a little twitchy. I just need to MAKE something! In the summertime the feeling gets even worse. We don’t go many places when it’s 115 degrees outside so we like to keep ourselves occupied with lots of little crafty projects. Mostly of the stuff we do is geared toward my two young boys and involves craft sticks and finger paint, but occasionally I like to browse DIY skirt tutorials on Pinterest and make something for myself.
A couple summers ago I made myself five new skirts. I was a sewing fiend! The results of my DIY skirt efforts were pretty varied but I learned a lot!
A few tips
1. Fabric can get pretty pricey! If you’re a newbie and want something cheap to learn on then you can try getting creative when sourcing fabric. One of my favorite places to get fabric is the thrift store. Yes, really! I love sewing with old sheets. Wash them thoroughly, obviously, but they’re usually broken in nicely, come in pretty patterns, and they’re pre-shrunk. Also look around and see if there are any places near you to pick up fabric remnants (if you’re in the Phoenix area, check out SAS).
2. Don’t be afraid to vary from the tutorial. One of my favorite DIY skirts came about when I followed a tutorial for the first half, lost the link, and got creative with the second half. It came together beautifully!
3. Get one of those cheap flexible measuring strips. They cost next to nothing and they are ridiculously helpful for taking measurements before you start on your DIY skirt.
What are you waiting for? Get sewing!
EASY PENCIL SKIRT
Babble’s very own Merrick posted this super easy pencil skirt tutorial back when she was adorably pregnant with her second son. If you can sew straight-ish lines then you can handle this skirt! Jersey is super forgiving and hides sewing mistakes really well, which makes this skirt perfect for sewing newbies.
Find the tutorial over at Merrick’s Art
BIG BOW PENCIL SKIRT
This is one of my all time favorite skirt tutorials. I mean, how impossibly chic is Liz in that skirt? Gorgeous. It’s a little more complex (there’s an invisible zipper and darts involved) but should be no problem for more experienced seamstresses.
Read more at Say Yes
KATE SPADE-INSPIRED SKIRT
Melissa’s pleated Kate Spade inspired skirt is fairly easy to sew (her drawings make it look like a snap!) but it LOOKS super impressive. You can even do a jersey version and omit the zipper!
Find the tutorial at I Still Love You
SIMPLE CIRCLE SKIRT
Circle skirts are the best. They are so ridiculously easy and come together in a snap. Play it safe with a solid color or small print OR be brave like Jen and go for a stripe. These are great for inexperienced sewers!
Find the tutorial at iCandy Handmade
DIP DYE SKIRT/DRESS
If sewing isn’t your thing, how about an easy little dye project? Even better if you do it on a maxi skirt than can do double duty as a dress! It’s a great way to salvage something that’s stained or discolored. Word to the wise: wear gloves! I always think, “Eh, I don’t need ’em.” And then I walk around for a week with dye-stained hands. Not the best look.
Find the tutorial at Freckles in April
DIY SKIRT BLOCK
This one is more intense, but if you’re up for a challenge you can try making your own skirt block! I made this yellow chevron skirt from decorator weight fabric and a LOT of time and patience. The result is a pencil skirt that fits me a like a glove.
Find instructions at House of Marmalade