i always want to sew myself more clothing, and i always agonize over it. it needs to be “just right.” i think i’ll get the fit wrong, pick the wrong fabric, whatever, and then i just overthink myself into inaction. but inspired by ladies that just go for it and make/refashion themselves awesome clothes like it ain’t no thang (i’m talking kate, melissa, and liz specifically), i went ahead and did it! behold, the semi-handmade maxi skirt.
so this was barely any work. i bought an XL maxi dress off the old navy clearance rack for $17, which i figured was cheaper than buying enough yardage to sew it from scratch. as a dress it’s not a style that would flatter me, but i liked the bright color block skirt and the lightweight flowy fabric (100% polyester, baby!).
i chopped it off about 3″ below the chest seam, serged the top, folded it down, and stitched a casing. i added elastic (about 5″ less than my measurement after some trial and error). added a little ribbon tag in the back, and it was ready to wear!
now instead of changing into pajamas after a long day at work, i change into my comfy and bright maxi skirt. it’s even pretty enough to wear out of the house on a date (we saw moonrise kingdom last weekend – SO great)! the lightweight material is nice and cool, and it’s super friendly to the typical mama lifestyle of bending down, picking kids up, and sitting on the floor with them. only downside is Em likes to try to hide under it constantly, which is a little annoying.
quick and easy confidence-building maxi skirt for summertime. done.
ps – thanks so much for your response to my first confession sunday post! wow! i felt a bit vulnerable hitting publish on that one, so i really appreciated that so many played along and commented. looking forward to more random sunday discussions! 🙂