Friday, March 1, 2013

MAKE A SKIRT FROM A DRESS IN 15 MINUTES

If something doesn't fit perfectly, it just hangs in the closet. That was the case with the orange knit dress. The fabric is good, it washes well, doesn't need pressing [glory!!]. It fit just a little more snug through the shoulders than I like, though, so it mostly hung there. 

It was going into the give aways but I could use some everyday skirts so decided to refashion the dress into a skirt. It wouldn't take long. 

The elastic was found, laid one of my favorite skirts onto the dress to get the right length, cut off the dress top leaving enough fabric for the elastic casing, serge the edge of the waistband, sew casing, insert elastic. Done. Didn't have to hem or anything-it was already in the dress. My kind of project. It might have taken 15 minutes start to finish. [There is enough fabric in the cut off top for a doll something-can't throw away perfectly good fabric, can I?]

Here is a video tutorial for the skirt:


Have you been over to www.Craftsy.com? 
If I didn't have to pick and choose, I would take almost every quilting, sewing online class offered on the site. There is only so much time in the day and money in the checkbook but eventually I may get to finesse the skills and learn new ones I have thought about over time. Being able to take a class in my own time, in my own sewing room makes it possible to achieve all I want to learn. 

Design It, Quilt It by Cindy Needham

this class is free so I am going to download it as soon as I get done with this article-if I just didn't have to sleep, I could maybe get it all in:

Pictures to Pixel Quilts by Caro Sheridan

I don't know what it is all about but I love photo quilts. Just going to check it out. 

Did you know you can upload your original patterns in pdf form to www.Craftsy.com in your own pattern store? Check it out. I have. Here is my link:
http://www.craftsy.com/user/43851/pattern-store

God bless you and thanks for stopping by
Carolyn Wainscott