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!


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?

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!

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

oh come on, your undies are totally cuter. haha 🙂

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.

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.

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.

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

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! 🙂

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!

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.

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

Beautiful skirt! Looks great with that green top too.

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

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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