Err… anyway, the black fabric is Japanese fabric, made of thick cotton with brownish swirly pattern on it. Actually I wasn’t really sure what I was going to make when I bought the fabric, I was thinking of making a bag with it. Then I suddenly had this idea and proceeded to make it. The fabric has wide blank area on each sides, so I leave it raw and use them for the top of the skirt.
I also had this vintage Tais fabric, it’s a form of traditional weaving from East Timor. My mother bought them when I was little, before East Timor’s independence from Indonesia, and I remember that she often used them on several occasions. When I went to Indonesia last summer, she gave me a lot of vintage traditional fabric including this Tais, my mother has like a whole closet of these traditional fabric. Unfortunately the Tais has a lot of broken patches on it, so I decided to cut a strip and used it for my skirt.
The skirt is basically a pair of rectangles with elastic. It didn’t even need a pattern, but the finished result is quite adorable. I leave the raw edges of the strips shown, and after washing, it frayed a bit and the blue threads are exposed.
Disclaimer: You may use the finished products for both personal and commercial use (craft shops or markets only – no mass production). Please do not pass off the pattern and tutorial as your own. Thank you!
- The length of the skirt will be a little bit shorter than half of the fabric width (for hem allowances), so please pay attention to the width of the fabric. The fabric that I use is 120 cm wide.
- The length of my fabric is 1 m, I think this will be suitable for almost everyone.
A pair of fabric strips, each as long as your skirt fabric.
- My strips are about 3.5 cm wide each. You can make it wider or narrower.
- I leave the raw edges shown, but of course you can add seam allowances to make a neat folded edge.
- Cut the fabric in half, resulting in two long rectangles.
- Sew the short ends of rectangles together to make a tube shape.
- Sew short ends of fabric strips together, resulting in another tube.
- Mark placement of strips on skirt, about 5-6 cm from the top.
- Sew strips on skirt, matching the side seams together. Leave a small part unstitched for putting in the elastic.
- Measure your waist and cut the elastic. Don’t cut too short, you can always cut later if it’s too big.
- Put the elastic inside the fabric strips. When the fit is okay, sew the ends of elastic together. I usually overlap the ends of the elastic then sew over it several times using small zigzag stich.
- Sew the opening of fabric strips closed.
- Hem the bottom of skirt. You can also sew a pair of ribbon loop on the sides for hanging the skirt, like I did.
- Put on your new skirt! \(^.^)/
- Instead of fabric strips, you can use wide ribbon. How about some pretty velvet ribbon?
- Use twice as much fabric to make a long skirt.
- Layer several transparent fabrics together (lace, chiffon) for a romantic look.
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