I just grabbed this skirt at the local thrift shop for $1.25, and I love the fabric, but the length was all weird. Kind of cute in a farm-charm, chicken-feeding kind of way. But...I don't have any chickens. We're not zoned for them. :o)
What to do??
I was going to just hem it, but then I noticed the liner and thought: "Hey! An under-layer! Why not make it a bubble skirt?". This thought really excited me, because I really enjoy a bubble skirt, but they're always too short for my taste. Now the power of length was in my hands. Yes!
So, I went for it.
It was so easy, you guys!
Let's make one together now. Yay!
1. Try your new thrift-store-skirt-with-a-lining on and pin the hem to the lining underneath at desired length.
2. Cut off the excess lining, about 1" from where you pinned. (Save it, 'cause crafters hoard things, and, you know, you could make a rosette or something later.)
3. Hem your lining by rolling over twice. It'll look bumpy, that's ok.
4.Gather your skirt layer slightly to match lining.
(To gather, sew all the way around with a long stitch, and pull top thread gently.)
5. Sew the gathered edge to your lining edge. The back of your skirt layer will face the front of the lining layer. (Instead of matching the side seams of the skirt to those of the liner, off-set them by a few inches to get a nicer bubble effect. And go ahead and sew pretty close to the edge!)
Ta-da! New skirt!
Ok, they're not white tights. They're just my legs. :o)