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Top to Skirt : Mini Tutorial

As promised here’s the tutorial for making a skirt from a top. I’m sorry it’s not the most detailed tutorial ever, i kept getting too engrossed in actually making the item and forgot to take as many pictures as i’d have liked, but for what I lack in images, i will try to make up in words. Luckily this is a very simple tutorial so you shouldn’t get too lost (hopefully). 🙂

As you can tell in the ‘before’ photos, this top was a pretty bad fit. Even my boyfriend agreed that it made me look pregnant (Such a charmer!). It was also rather uncomfortable around the arm holes. But i loved the fabric and so couldn’t just throw it away!

The first step was to unpick all the seams. I removed the straps and the band around the middle. This middle band also kept the top attached to the bottom which was useful as I only needed the bottom to make the skirt. I also removed the zip. I left the seams around the edges to save having to hem them later and wasting time and thread. I also left the seams down either side so the skirt was practically made already! (I did tell you this was very easy right?)

Luckily I happened to already have a zip that fitted the, now shorter, zip space.

So these are the only two parts I really needed. The bottom half of the top and a zip.

Next I used a zig zag stitch over the top edge of the skirt (where you’ve just unpicked) to help stop the fraying. For this part I had to use an overcasting foot, if your machine isn’t able to change feet (like my old one) or you don’t have an overcasting foot you will have to do this bit by hand.

Next you have to create a hem. I did this by folding the edge of the fabric over twice to give a nice clean finish and to also help against the material fraying again. At this point I also folded a little handmade label into the top ready to be stitched along with the hem. I ironed the folds before sewing just to make it easier. Unfortunately I found that this fabric was still a little uncooperative and the top of my skirt has come out a little wonky, something I am working on fixing at the moment (but again work has got in the way)

I actually did too rows of stitching just for a little extra strength.

Hopefully you haven’t touched the bottom of the shirt/skirt and so nothing needs doing to it. This means that all that’s left to do is insert the zip. Unfortunately I completely forgot to take any pictures of this part as I was far too excited about being able to sew my first zip with a machine.  Again this part is one where you need a good sewing machine and a zipper foot or else you’ll have to sew it in my hand (i really do hate hand sewing, especially zips)

Tada! A simple skirt finished and ready to wear!

As I said before, the top is very uneven on mine as the fabric was rather difficult to work with. I am planning on neatening this up soon though and will post the results.

Till next time!

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Too Busy Serving Pints

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, i’ve been busy working and not the good ‘Penguin Theory’ work, my normal day job work. Don’t get me wrong, I do quite enjoy being a barmaid, but the shifts are so irregular that it’s really screwing with my body clock. One day i’ll be working until close (which means we don’t get out until about 2am) another i’ll be opening at 8am. This leaves me pretty tired a lot of the time and is quite draining, especially when i’m working so much at the moment and continue to work when I get home!

Lots of staff are calling in sick at the moment as well and a few have just left meaning that there’s lots of hours for the rest of us. Good for paying my bills (which i’m struggling with enough at the moment), bad for The Penguin Theory.

I promise I have been working though! I have a project which is almost finished!  (and it’s my first clothing piece!) I was hoping to get it finished today whilst it was still light but then I had to stay at work a little longer to cover an absentee and just haven’t quite got round to the last details. I should definitely have it finished and some photo’s taken tomorrow as long as I don’t mess around too much during the day.

I’ve even taken pictures all the way through the process so that I can do a sort of mini tutorial for you 🙂

For now though i’ll just leave you with a picture of the label ready to be sewn together before being attached to the garment. I’m rather proud of it! 🙂

Unfinished label, ready for the sewing machine