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« on: October 01, 2009 06:12:59 PM »

I found this lovely vintage sheet at Goodwill for $4. I fell in love with the summery feel of the fabric, and knew I had to make something from it. I live in Arizona, where, I love to wear skirts in the 100 degree plus weather. So, that's what I made.


Close up of the pretty flowers:



Please read all directions before beginning. Once you understand how to do it, it's easy.

1. Measure around your hips. Multiply by 1.5
 Example: 40"x1.5=60"

2. Measure from your waist to the length that you want your skirt. Divide this number by how many tiers you want. I have 4.
 Example: 40" from my waist to my ankles. Divided by 4 = 10"

3. Now add seam allowances to this number. For the first tier, add 1 inch for the casing for elastic, and 1/4" for the seam allowance.
So, your  first tier will measure Length: 60" and width: 11 1/4 inches.

4. Now find measurements for the other tiers. For the length, add another 1 1/2 of the length before.
Example: Tier 1 was 60". Tier 2 will be 90". Tier 3 will be 135". And tier 4 will be 202".

5. To calculate tier number 2's width, add 1/2" to the 10". That's 1/4" seam allowance for top and bottom.

Tier number three same as number 2 for width.
 
Tier number 4 would have a 1/4" seam allowance at the top and a 1/2" added to the bottom for a 1/4" hem. The measurement would be 10 3/4".

Construction:
1. Fold over the top of tier 1 and make a casing for your elastic.
2. Gather the top of tier 2 and pin to the bottom of tier number one, and sew, right
   sides together.
3. Repeat for tiers 3 and 4.
4. Insert elastic and sew skirt closed from top to bottom.
5. Hem tier 4

On this skirt, I made ruffles at the top of each tier. You'll need to add another 1/4" to your width measurements. Fold over each top by 1/4" and sew as close to the raw edge as possible, then gather . Then when you construct the skirt, you will have the wrong side of the top tier pinned to the wrong side of the bottom tier. When you hold up the skirt, the tiers will be correct, with the ruffles on the outside. Then I sewed trim close to the seam.
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2009 06:33:55 PM »

Very summery indeed! That ribbon trim in the close-up matches it so well! It looks great.
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2009 06:34:11 PM »

very pretty! I love reuseing old sheets.
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2009 08:39:36 PM »

I love it!  I agree, the ribbon trim is perfect.  It really looks great and ties the tiers together beautifully.
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2009 05:12:35 PM »

So cute! I have a sheet I had considered making something from, but wasn't sure if I should. Now I'm feeling inspired to go ahead. Smiley Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2009 12:10:26 AM »

thats so pretty!

can you tell me how you made it? I desprately want to make skirts and have several like that, that I have purchased but I know I could make them myself if I had some direction Smiley

beautiful!
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2009 09:10:21 AM »

thats so pretty!

can you tell me how you made it? I desprately want to make skirts and have several like that, that I have purchased but I know I could make them myself if I had some direction Smiley

beautiful!
Please read all directions before beginning. Once you understand how to do it, it's easy.

1. Measure around your hips. Multiply by 1.5
 Example: 40"x1.5=60"

2. Measure from your waist to the length that you want your skirt. Divide this number by how many tiers you want. I have 4.
 Example: 40" from my waist to my ankles. Divided by 4 = 10"

3. Now add seam allowances to this number. For the first tier, add 1 inch for the casing for elastic, and 1/4" for the seam allowance.
So, your  first tier will measure Length: 60" and width: 11 1/4 inches.

4. Now find measurements for the other tiers. For the length, add another 1 1/2 of the length before.
Example: Tier 1 was 60". Tier 2 will be 90". Tier 3 will be 135". And tier 4 will be 202".

5. To calculate tier number 2's width, add 1/2" to the 10". That's 1/4" seam allowance for top and bottom.

Tier number three same as number 2 for width.
 
Tier number 4 would have a 1/4" seam allowance at the top and a 1/2" added to the bottom for a 1/4" hem. The measurement would be 10 3/4".

Construction:
1. Fold over the top of tier 1 and make a casing for your elastic.
2. Gather the top of tier 2 and pin to the bottom of tier number one, and sew, right
   sides together.
3. Repeat for tiers 3 and 4.
4. Insert elastic and sew skirt closed from top to bottom.
5. Hem tier 4

On this skirt, I made ruffles at the top of each tier. You'll need to add another 1/4" to your width measurements. Fold over each top by 1/4" and sew as close to the raw edge as possible, then gather . Then when you construct the skirt, you will have the wrong side of the top tier pinned to the wrong side of the bottom tier. When you hold up the skirt, the tiers will be correct, with the ruffles on the outside. Then I sewed trim close to the seam.



   
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2009 11:57:59 PM »

thanks soo much!
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2009 09:53:23 PM »

Why is it called a broomstick skirt??
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2009 10:56:46 PM »

There's much less fabric in the top ruffle than the bottom one. You're supposed to twist it and keep it that way until it dries. That way you get all those great vertical wrinkles. When it's twisted, it resembles a broom. Skinny at the top and full at the bottom.
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