I was at the local thrift store the other day looking for some belts when I saw this in the pillowcase area
I love yellow, I love stripes, and me made June has made me realize I have a great need for more items to wear on the bottom half of my body. I thought “why not make a skirt out of a pillow case”. Before I bought it I had to do some very technical measuring that involved holding the pillow case up to my front and then my back to make sure I had enough fabric to fit around me. I got a few strange looks from other shoppers as I did this. This is the conversation I imagine as they went out to their car
“Hey Thelma, did you see that girl trying to wear a pillowcase?”
“I sure did Bob, I sure hope she has someone to take care of her”.
So deciding to ignore Thelma and Bob’s doubts I purchased my pillowcase and took it home. I have been wanting for a while to attempt a paper bag waist skirt. I started by cutting off the bottom so my legs would have somewhere to go, already the pillow case was drastically improved :). Next I unpicked about 11 inches of the side seam and put in a seven inch zipper (the zipper ends at the waist line leaving the “paper bag” top of the skirt open with a hook and eye). Next I measured the width and subtracted my waist measurement. This left me with 14 extra inches. So I divided that up and added 4 pleats on the front and 2 on the back. I pinned them all and tried it on, happy with the fit I sewed all the pleats an inch and a half long about 2 inches from the top.
It turned out perfect until I realized two inches at the top of the waistband for the paper bag effect was a bit too much. So I unipicked it all and sewed it again one inch below the top of the pillow case. This was much better until I looked at the back and lets just say bubble butt would have been putting it nicely, so I added a few darts right below where I had put the pleats in the back and the problem was solved!
So I love it so much and it is such a beautiful day out so my daughter and I went a little nuts with the pictures.
I don’t think love is a strong enough word for how I feel about this skirt. It is light and comfortable, the colors just scream summer to me, it was cheap to make and I can wear it with heels or flats. Hope you are all having as beautiful a summer day as I am with a cute skirt to enjoy it in!
TIME TO SEW: 2 1/2 hours (if I made it again I could probably do it in one since I figured it all out the first time)