I really love vintage fabric. Bright colors, bold prints, fun textures. So when I find a cool piece, I can’t resist! I MUST have it. My husband might consider my vintage fabric addiction a problem. He’s wrong. 🙂
I found this gorgeous green paisley print a few weeks ago. It’s a cotton blend, and the piece I have is 50 x 44. Perfect for a skirt! I have a scrap of this fabric as well. It’s about 40 x 16. I’ll be putting it into the stash for later use. So now, onto the tutorial.
Before you begin, be sure to wash, dry and press. Washing is especially important with vintage fabrics because they’re usually a little stinky (moth balls, yuck) and I want to remove any finish on the fabric. I have kept the selvage edges together while pressing and i have squared the fabric. Not sure how to square up fabric? Here’s a great tutorial on Craftsy .
A note about pressing while you sew… When I’m sewing apparel, I ALWAYS press the seams. I press after I’ve sewn the seam, right on top of the stitches, I will press again in either the direction the seam needs to lay, or I will press the seam open. In the case of this skirt, I will be pressing seams open.
Fabric: I used about 1 1/2 yards of 44″ quilters cotton. I’m a curvy lady and the skirt is quite full. 1 yard is more than enough fabric.
- Sewing machine or the patience of a saint to sew by hand.
- 1″ wide no-roll elastic I cut mine 4 inches less than my waist, (so I don’t feel like my skirt is going to fall down)
- Coordinating thread
First, lets cut along the fold, this will be the top edge of your skirt (opposite the selvage), Then place right sides together and sew along short edges (side seams). Press open.
Selvage edge is the bottom hem. Fold under 1/4 inch and press, then fold another 1/4 inch and press. Pin in place, then stitch and press.
Top casing for elastic: Fold over fabric top 1/4” and press. Fold over again 1-1/4” and press. Edgestitch as close as possible to edge of bottom fold (opposite the top edge), leaving a 2” area unstitched. Secure large safety pin to one end of elastic and thread through casing (be sure to keep you flat).Pull both ends of elastic out and away from casing and secure. I always sew a square and an X (just like abuela). Work elastic back into casing and stitch closed.
Fasten and trim your threads, and you’re ready to wear!
I’ll be wearing mine with either a white t-shirt or tank this summer.
If you have any questions, let me know!