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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Cowboy shirt made into A-line high-waisted skirt

     I have always been a fan of the A-line skirt, and I've been tinkering with that high-waisted trend that I'm dangerously close to missing out on entirely, so here it is - the cowboy shirt turned high-waisted A-line skirt.

     Unfortunately, I missed taking a "before" photo of the shirt I cut up, but here's one that's exactly the same, dome buttons and everything:

     Here's the skirt I drafted using a basic A-line pattern. I used a formula that I was taught at a library workshop, but to be honest it fits quite snugly, i.e., I can't eat much more than a few celery sticks in it before it feels like I'm going to pop a button, and I've had better luck just eyeballing it and drawing one up based on an existing skirt that fits me well. 

     The best thing = no hemming! No buttonholes, either, except for at the new waistband. Wahoo!

     I may take that waistband down an inch or so and make it a bit looser, just to give myself some more room, but other than that I was pretty happy with this one. 

     Thanks for reading! 

      Amy Rotini :)


jennifer elliott said...

I love turning shirts into skirts because you don't need to hem! I've also made the waistband a little too big or too small, but that can be fixed with a few nips and tucks. I love the skirt. Great job.

Jennifer Elliott, EOD

Sandy said...

Sometimes the little sessions you would get on a workshop really only gets you the basic sloper/toile which you then build styles on. To make it really work for wearing, you have to add wearing ease.

I had the same issues with an evening workshop a lady was doing. Yes, it fit, but I couldn't do anything in it. Later I did the whole City and Guilds pattern making and realised she was trying to fit something like a 2 or 3 year programme into one year! So, she didn't go on and help you know what to do with this fits-like-skin pattern. I can't imagine trying to do more than the very basics in a library workshop.

So, you are pretty right about the existing skirt as a start. So, what you can do is to take the fitting toile you did at the workshop, then measure the skirt that works for you at the waist and hips mostly. Then for skirts, you can pretty much add the extra at the side seam. and redraw the side seam line. (if you need a bit more explanation about that, just email me. I am not teaching C+G fashion anymore because of my health, but I am always happy to try to help someone understand it.)
Sandy in the UK