• DIY: Striped Gathered Skirt

    This striped gathered skirt is my latest sewing project. I finished it a couple weeks ago but never got around to taking photos of it.
    I based it off this tutorial which was a great start but I had to figure out a lot on my own. In theory, it was a step up from the elastic waist skirt but in reality it was about five steps up and therefore kind of over my head (i.e. the ‘invisible zipper’ in the back is anything but invisible).I used a medium weight fabric from ikea which gave it some nice body.

    Last weekend I wore it out for the first time and kept on having flashes from that scene in Parent Trap where Hayley Mills #1 is dancing around with half a skirt on and frilly undies peaking out (that’s one of the best scenes in the movie, right?). Except my undies were not nearly as cute. I kept a close eye on the seams and managed to make it home with the skirt in one piece (phew!).
    Next up on my sewing list: a frilly chambray summer dress and tufted ottoman (I might be a little ambitious here!)

    Totally off the topic: speaking of my favorite actress when I was younger, found this stunning picture of Hayley all grown up and beautiful!

      
  • 37 comments

    1. Elisabeth said… June 19, 2011 9:44 pm

      Liz, I absolutely love this skirt and am dying to try it out…although I'm wondering if I would be right to be intimidated by that waistband and all the gathers:). My favorite part is the ikea stripes–they give your skirt such a modern, clean look. Do you think the skirt would lose its body with a lighter weight (like quilting weight) cotton?

    2. ElizabethB said… April 18, 2011 4:32 pm

      Found you via Pinterest. This skirt is gorgeous!Was the IKEA fabric you used black and white? It looks grey in the photo. Anyway, I ask because I fell in love with the green stripe version of this fabric a few months ago and I wanted to see if it was actually the same stuff. There was only b/w and red/white stripes besides the green/white.Awesome job!

    3. Brandon said… April 16, 2011 11:25 pm

      Can you show a picture of the zipper?

    4. Anna said… March 7, 2011 5:58 pm

      Please do a tufted ottoman and share your experience. I am hoping to do one as well and haven't dug in yet!

    5. Callie Grayson said… July 2, 2010 3:56 pm

      oh, no I really need to learn how to sew this skirt is fabulous!!xxcallie

    6. jen said… June 8, 2010 10:28 pm

      one of my favorite movies of all time. love the skirt.

    7. You Are My Fave said… June 8, 2010 7:21 pm

      Practically perfect in every way. I love the Parent Trap.

    8. brooke said… June 8, 2010 4:40 pm

      What the seamstress you have become! It makes me want to take out my sewing machine for the first time ever. And you know that was the BEST scene from Parent trap!

    9. Britney said… June 7, 2010 2:56 pm

      I am so in love!

    10. kalanicut said… June 7, 2010 12:10 am

      This is so charming! You did a fantastic job. I can imagine you are wearing it with style!

    11. bea said… June 6, 2010 5:10 pm

      beauuuuutiful skirt + i love hayley mills too

    12. Monika said… June 6, 2010 1:59 pm

      Oooh I love that skirt. It's next on my to-do list now. thanks for the inspiration!

    13. Mike and Dejah Morris said… June 4, 2010 2:17 pm

      That is so cute! Too bad my hips are too large to wear that style. Any tips for a straight skirt/pencil skirt?

    14. michelle said… June 4, 2010 1:06 pm

      CUTE.p.s. loved your outfit the other night at dinner, especially the blazer and locket.

    15. julia said… June 4, 2010 12:58 pm

      hmmm. that's kind of awesome.

    16. liz stanley said… June 4, 2010 12:53 pm

      melissa, how funny! hank lost my zipper foot too and i had to go buy another one. arg. i'm not good at hiding important tools like that

    17. {what is bird in a cage bride?} said… June 4, 2010 12:43 pm

      oh come on, your undies are totally cuter. haha :)

    18. D&D said… June 4, 2010 12:31 pm

      UGH! how are you so gooooooood?

    19. Melissa said… June 4, 2010 11:50 am

      Looks like we're on the same wavelength! I made a skirt this last week using a very similar approach.I'm sure your zipper looks a million times better than mine does; I didn't have an invisible zipper or a zipper foot. I need to find that blasted thing!! I had to make do with a button-hole foot.

    20. everyday katie said… June 4, 2010 10:56 am

      I'm jumping on board. I love it too. I saw a skirt with and exposed zipper recently and I want to try it. I've heard it's easier and it looks really cool. This looks like the perfect skirt to try it on. http://sewnbyellen.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-can-get-distracted-pretty-easily.htmlAnd the tutorial:http://www.craftstylish.com/item/49907/how-to-sew-an-exposed-zipper

    21. Madeline P said… June 4, 2010 10:43 am

      Love it! I am so impressed you took this on and did such a great job. Makes me want a horizontally striped skirt. My next project is chambray hidden elastic waist skirt.

    22. heidi adnum said… June 4, 2010 9:40 am

      Really nice, Liz. Well done!

    23. Katie said… June 4, 2010 9:27 am

      I love it! The shape is lovely. I usually tend to go for vertical stripes, but I really like the horizontal stripes. Very nautical- feeling.

    24. liz stanley said… June 4, 2010 9:08 am

      Ha, of course. Parent Trap. What was I thinking? I think the stripes on this skirt are making me dizzy

    25. Kariane said… June 4, 2010 9:04 am

      Very cute skirt. Love the wide waist band. Good job!By the way, it's not Pollyanna where that scene happens; it's the Parent Trap. You're talking to a serious HM fan here! :)

    26. Honora said… June 4, 2010 8:36 am

      It looks amazing! Esp. on you:) I'm so impressed.

    27. liz stanley said… June 4, 2010 8:25 am

      AnnieR- it's an ikea fabric! It is a bit of a medium weight cotton. That's what gives it the body. Thanks for all the nice comments everyone!

    28. [AnnieR] said… June 4, 2010 8:01 am

      Love your skirt.Love your blog.Love it all.Do you mind me asking what material you used? It looks thick but not heavy and has some body to it. I keep enlarging the picture and sticking my nose up to the screen to get a good look but it's giving me a headache.

    29. Susan said… June 4, 2010 7:09 am

      liz you are genius with needle + thread. what a perfect skirt + a perfect photo as well. i love it.

    30. the southern hostess said… June 4, 2010 6:48 am

      It's super cute!

    31. Miggy said… June 4, 2010 6:43 am

      Yeah I LOVE this skirt. I want one…taking any orders?

    32. britt said… June 4, 2010 6:37 am

      i like it! very eye catching!

    33. {lovely little things} said… June 4, 2010 6:16 am

      Beautiful skirt! Looks great with that green top too.

    34. Whatever Dee-Dee wants said… June 4, 2010 5:50 am

      Such a darling skirt! Love the stripes.

    35. teenfashionista said… June 4, 2010 5:45 am

      Just gorgeous!

    36. LLK said… June 4, 2010 5:27 am

      This is exactly the type of skirt I've been dreaming about! Woohoo!

    37. sippy said… June 4, 2010 4:44 am

      The skirt is adorable. I love to sew but the waistband/zipper stage is always intimidating for me. It looks like you did a fine job.

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