I’m not sure how much longer I can possibly drag out Alt Summit, but here we are over a month later and I’m still bringing it up. The last night was the mini parties, and for this night I wanted an outfit that was fun. I don’t know where the idea came from, but suddenly a graphic top and a pleated striped skirt was stuck in my brain and not going anywhere.
I searched high and low for some good fabric, until one day I ran across the perfect striped fabric at IKEA of all places. I know! It’s a home decor fabric so it’s a super heavy weight cotton, but since I wanted something full and poofy, it did the trick. I’m not wearing it these photos, but for the parties I threw my tulle skirt on underneath it and it became a big, huge bell, swinging around all night. I loved it.
The zebra sweater, glitter pumps, and big, colorful statement necklace were the perfect finishing touches, and made an unbelievably fun night even better. Before we get to the outfit and tutorial, I had to share a few quick photos from the party night…
|kissing booth with Leanne and Ryan // chatting with the gorgeous Whippy Cake & Bella the Blog
Ok, on to the main event.
|photos by Jylare Smith
sweater: old navy
necklace: c/o lulu*s
skirt: made by me (similar)
shoes: made by me
nails: c/o cult cosmetics “los feliz”
watch: michael kors
sunglasses: c/o lulu*s
Click through for the full tutorial!
- 2 yards (more or less depending on your size) fabric — I used this heavy weight cotton from IKEA which is stiffer than anything I normally sew with, but it works for this skirt.
- matching thread
- zipper (I used invisible)
- clasp closure
1 // Measure from your waist to your knee-cap and cut your fabric accordingly. Now it should be 2 yards wide and [your measurement] tall.
2 // Pin 3″ wide box pleats across the entire 2 yards and then use a basting stitch to hold it in place (after I pleated the whole thing I measured it around my waist and ended up cutting off a few pleats. You may need to adjust the width of your pleats a little so the two ends connect perfectly at the zipper).
3 // With right sides together (R.S.T.), sew up the skirt, inserting a zipper at the top of the seam, as shown. Zigzag or serge the raw edge.
4 // Measure your natural waist and then cut a 3″ tall strip of fabric in that length, adding one inch for your seam allowance.
Fold in the short ends and hem, as shown.
Then fold the whole strip in half, length-wise, as shown.
5 // With right sides together, pin the waistband to the skirt, making sure to line up the open end of the waistband with the zippered side of the skirt. Attach the waistband with a straight stitch, making sure to sew slightly below your basting stitch to cover it up. Zigzag or serge the raw edge, and press the waistband up and flat.
Add a clasp closure to the waistband so the open ends overlap and close on your waist.
6 // Hem your skirt to your desired length, and you’re done!