Sunday, July 11, 2010

Copy cat...

I love this skirt, it's like my track pants. You don't have to shave your legs and it's quick and easy...of course I always shave my legs though....erm, OK not all the time.
The above skirt was bought from Target aggggesss ago (before my pledge not to buy new clothes) I still have not bought anything new. Except running shoes, but they are exempt anyway :P
This skirt is an exact copy of the above one. It looks different because the original was made with all the same fabric, but I couldn't resist buying all sorts of fabric.

I literally measured all the panels of the original, then I sewed each panel together so that I had four rings of fabric. I then set my machine on the longest stitch and gathered the tops of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th tiers.

I gathered the top of the second panel to the length of the first panel. Then, with the bottom of the top tier and the gathered/top of the second tier (right sides together) I sewed them together, making sure that the seams down the side matched up.

I did the same with the third and fourth tiers, then hemmed the bottom of the skirt and made a casing for the elastic waist and using a safety pin I threaded the elastic through and sewed the gap closed.

As a rough idea, you make the top panel a few inches wider than your hips, then each subsequent tier gets wider and wider. You can make this as gradual or wide as you like, depending how much fullness you'd like.

The first garment I ever made was a mini version of this for kids. I plan on making them again. Keep and eye out for it...I'll be selling them in my etsy shop soon too.


  1. I think skirt is fabulous, and what an amazing job of reproducing the original! I find that the more I love a certain item of clothing, the more work I'll put into copying it so I get it juuust right.

  2. Hi Stephanie, I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful comment you left on the post I so nervously put up last week about being a good wife. I really appreciated it. :o) Hey--I'm a super close friend of Trudy's and I saw your post on her blog but didn't realize you were the same person as the one who left the comment.

    I love your skirt! I did a huge post a tutorial, on how to copy store bought clothes. I adore sewing! I hate buying new clothes if I can remake or make my own clothes. Sounds like we have a lot in common. I'm glad I found your blog!

    Donna @ Comin' Home