Anyone can make an elastic waist dirndl skirt - all you need is a bit of fabric, some wide elastic and about an hour. To make your own:
- Find a piece of pretty fabric. Make sure its width is large enough to go around your hips with some wiggle room. Let's say I am using 50" fabric - that will give me around 10" of ease.
- Determine the length you would like your skirt (for me, I usually like 22"). Add 2" to that measurement (24" it is).
- So, I cut out a piece of fabric that is 50" by 24" and stitch up the selvedge side to make a big tube.
- Cut a piece of elastic (I use 2" wide elastic) that is comfortable on your waist. Attach the cut ends together to make a tube.
- Gather the fabric tube onto the elastic tube. I pin the skirt to the elastic in quarters. Then, I stretch the elastic as I serge the fabric onto it, one quarter of the tube at a time.
- Finish the bottom with a 2" hem.
- Wear and enjoy.
Here's one example in action. The skirt is made from a coral/red/grey/black print rayon woven that Fabric Mart was offering a while back. The coral ruffle front tank top is from Land's End and the black fulled wool blazer is so old I can't remember where I got it. I have on black textured tights and pair of black leather boots to cozy things up.
Over the next while, I'll post each skirt as I have styled it for work and/or play.
* So, how many of you caught my awesome play on words?