Paper bag waist skirts.
I started with this dress from the last bag sale at my local thrift store. When you divide all the things I stuffed into the bag for two dollars, this dress most likely cost around a quarter.
The dress did no favors for my shape. But I loved the tribal looking motif on the bottom.
It unknowingly became my next victim.
So before you could say, “Costco Jumper”,
I leaped into action.
First cutting away the skirt from the bodice.
I wanted to keep the existing hem, so I measured and cut from the top. I measured how long I wanted the skirt then added three and a quarter inches for the paper bag waist.
I also cut away about twenty four inches from the sides of the skirt. There was sooooo much material there. Much more fullness than even MY hips need to feel comfortable.
I next made a quarter inch hem in the top.
I then folded over another three inches at the top and sewed another hem.
Set the elastic next to the stitching and measure how far from the top to sew the next stitching line to create a casing for the elastic.
Use a safety pin to guide the elastic through the casing.
Just a note about this pink elastic:
Yep, you guessed it, it started out as a twenty five cent belt from the thrift store. When I saw this I knew I’d never wear it as a belt but it was a perfect piece of elastic for some day. Well, today was the day! I took off the interlocking butterflies (which actually have some possibilities for a future project, just not sure what yet) and since the elastic is hidden within the casing, the pink isn’t an issue.
Before I sewed the side seam, I adjusted the elastic within the casing and tried it on to see if the fullness was appropriate.
Then last, but certainly not least, I sewed up the side seam, put on some seriously fun shoes, and I’m now ready for a date with that ruggedly handsome husband of mine….Now where is he?
Any thoughts on changing my blog’s name to The Renegade Seamstress? I kinda like it…..
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