This skirt was a favourite of our youngest daughter the moment she got it, and it showed in the wear! She was able to wear it longer than typical because it has inner adjustable elastic in the waistband, but the lightweight bottom fabric finally disintegrated.
Since the Jean yoke was still in great shape, and she could still fit into it for several months, I decided to give it a facelift. First, I removed the bottom.
Then I made new lining using measurements from the original skirt. I did make the mistake of not cutting the top and bottom in a curve though. Simple process, but I forgot at the time. I will make another post on changing a straight skirt into an A-Line, or flared skirt soon.
Sew the side seams of the lining together and set aside.
- Taking mesurements from the original skirt, cut out a new lining.
I did forget to take pics of the peasant skirt cutting and assembly, but it is very simple:
1. Determine the overall length of the skirt.
2. Decide how many layers you want and split the overall length by the number of layers. Add seam allowances to the top and bottom of each piece, and a hem allowance for the bottom piece.
3. Cut lengths of fabric 1.5 to 3 times the width of the bottom of yoke. I usually cut twice as much as needed.
4. Making the front and back separate, and using your preferred method of gathering, gather the lengths the desired amount to fit the yoke or lining, plus seam allowances. Build the skirt one layer at a time, then once the front/back is done, attach the side seams.
5. Attach peasant skirt bottom to lining, then attach to skirt with preferred method.
This final assembly of this skirt was just top-stitched from the outside to keep the fluffy Jean unfinished hem of the yoke, but could easily have been attached right sides together, then top stitched for a less casual look. As long as the little darling is happy, which she is!
For those of us with limited time (which is most of us), here’s a very practical & easy way to make skirts in a jiffy. Simply use a pair of jeans or pants that fit at the waist & cut them off about a 1/2″ below where the crotch line starts to curve. This allows for a 1/2″ seam allowance. You now have a ready made yoke to add any skirt bottom you choose.
I have some other convert candidates on my sewing bench that I can’t wait to tackle, but it will have to wait till I’m out of the hospital reccuping from a tonsilectomy, and a month or so as I wrap my head around home schooling for the year. When I do them I will put up a full fledge tutorial.
This one was simply a front and back panel, hemmed at the bottom, gathered to fit at the top, and stitched with a 1/2″ seam, then top stitched to keep the seam flat.
After I had done this myself, I was given this link where the lady actually used the cut off pant legs to create ruffles. I’d say it turned out very cute too as well.
Really, how you add the skirt is up to your imagination! A-line, ruffle, 1/2 circle for huge flair, or simply gathered or pleated. Have fun!