How to Dress myself {Basics: Navy Blue Skirt}

19 Dec

Phew! I’m finally finished with the pjs, and I got to sew something for myself! A while back I started to realize I need to revamp my wardrobe. I have a lot of clothes that simply don’t fit. partly because I have had them since high school, and partly because my body has changed in the last 4 years. I also took a pledge not to buy ready-to-wear clothing along with a bunch of other fantastic ladies!

So I started with a simple cotton, very light weight fabric that my husband bought a long time ago as a photo backdrop in high school. It’s still on the bolt. It’s a beautiful navy blue and the perfect color and texture for a staple A-line skirt. I didn’t use a pattern at all. It’s a square front panel and a square back panel. the top is gathered over the elastic. the only measurement I took was the elastic around my waist, and I used the actual elastic, not a measuring tape! Then I eyeballed the hem as the last step.

I used some no twist elastic for the waistband, and some hemming lace to make a wide hem just below the knee. I’m really excited about the versetility of this skirt, as I can wear it with boot ans tights for winter, or just a slip in the summer. I cardigan in the fall and just a tank if it’s warm. I can wear it with a simple tee, or a light sweater, and if I add a sparkly top, I feel it would transition nicely to a semi dress up.

Cost: 100% free, thanks to my stash.

ALSO, I am sooo sorry the mirror I used was gross. When you have toddlers running around, you tend to sneak in photo opportunities, and that sneak didn’t include walking past them watching Veggie Tales, increasing my chances of the distraction not working, just to get windex. Please look past the fingerprints.

Makes a beautiful wide hem. And a touch of surprise underneath.

Makes a beautiful wide hem. And a touch of surprise underneath.

Hemming Lace

basic staple, in navy

basic staple, in navy

My serger broke a thread, and I got annoyed, so I took a different approach.

My serger broke a thread, and I got annoyed, so I took a different approach.


23 Responses to “How to Dress myself {Basics: Navy Blue Skirt}”

  1. sewbusylizzy December 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    The simple things in life are often the best!


  2. Kat H December 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Gotta love being able to whip something up quick-and-easy (and free!) like that! 🙂 It looks great, and I love the fun of the lace on the inside of the hem.


  3. Laura December 20, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    What a great basic skirt for your wardrobe!


  4. twotoast December 20, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    Very pretty! I love adding lace to the lining – makes me feel special! Oh, and welcome to the (RTW Fasters) club!


    • sew20something December 20, 2012 at 12:49 am #

      Thank you! I have actually been a part of it since the start, and have kept to it by not buying anything new, but with all the gifts I was sewing for Christmas, this is the first chance I had to add to my wardrobe! It feels good, and thanks for the welcome!


  5. Cul de Sac December 20, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    Beautiful! It looks so nice and drapy! I wish i could do elastic waist sometimes… So easy! But unfortunately it’s not for my body type as i end up with the elastic just under my bust if i wear those lol!


    • sew20something December 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

      I have such an incredibly short torso, I have limited options of how to wear skirts as well! So funny trying to figure out how garments work and how they don’t work. So much guessing, but once we learn what works and what doesn’t, it’s a bit “easier” hahah. ok, sometimes it’s easier 🙂


      • Cul de Sac December 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

        Yep, short torso and way too wide hip compare to my waist… So for me, what is working is a waist band with a curve so it stays on my hip nicely 😉


      • sew20something December 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

        Oh, I feel ya! I’m going to be working on a pencil skirt here soon, and I think that waistband is going to be key to the success!


      • Cul de Sac December 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

        I’m sure it will!! Can’t wait to see it 🙂


  6. stirandstitch December 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    i love the secret yellow lace hem and the purple topstitching – it looks great!


    • sew20something December 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      thank you! The purple thread was because I was lazy, but I ended up loving it, a contrast with it still fitting into the basic staple category!


  7. Excerpts of Awkwardness December 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    That’s really cute, and a good use of fabric you’ve got hanging around. Skirts are awesome for that 🙂


  8. craftysuburbmomma December 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Veggie Tales is on very often in my home to keep the little ones busy so I can finish a project! Glad to know I am not the only one


    • sew20something December 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

      haha! More than I care to admit, Bob and Larry help me out a lot! lol


  9. Carola December 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Love the skirt and the lace makes it so special… something only YOU (and us now that you’ve shared it) know about! I’ll be getting onto that drafting your own skirt block VERY soon… Will keep you posted and if you’re interested you can be one of my trial drafters (from my excel spreadsheet). Let me know.


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