May 18, 2011

Ruffle Waist Skirt Refashion (and Tutorial!)



I'm a little self-concious about the fact that I'm doing another skirt. How many skirts have I made?? Goodness! But I've always wanted to try the paper bag waist skirt, and as long as I'm making it, I may as well share it with my dear friends, right?

So, this is pretty easy in concept. 
Shorten a long skirt and use the excess fabric to make a ruffle and a sash! 
See? 
That is probably all the instructions many of you will need. 


I started with this vintage polka-dotted skirt that I've had for a while. It was an awkward length (and a size 20), but for some reason I needed it. I guess it was the polka-dots.

(You can see that I got ahead of myself and whacked the bottom off before the photo...oops!)

  • Just cut your skirt off an inch or two longer than you'd like it, fold the bottom over twice and hem.

  • From the skirt's old hemline, cut a 2.5" strip that is twice the length of your skirt's waistband. (Be sure that you have the hemmed edge.)

  • You'll want to serge or zig-zag the raw edge of your strip to prevent fraying. 

(The machine I was using yesterday didn't have a zigzag, so I folded my edge over, thinking for some reason that would do something. It didn't.)
  • Ruffle the serged edge by stitching with a long, straight stitch, then pulling one thread to gather. 

  • Once gathered, pin and sew your ruffles to the inside of your skirt waistband. If you can match up your seams with an existing seam it will look nice and tidy. :o)


Then you'll just need to make a few belt loops. 
  • Sew a 1.5"x 15" strip in half, right sides together. 

  • Turn it right side out and cut into 5 even pieces.

  • Fold the tops and bottoms in, and sew to the skirt.

  • I didn't get a photo of the sash (sorry), but all I did was hem all four sides of a 5"x66" strip of fabric!  

And there it is!

So, my heart is just bursting today. I am so happy! Not for any particular reason. I just feel like running out into the street and hugging someone! Of course it's after midnight as I write this, so I'm thinking that if I found anyone, they would be more than a little frightened by that. But do you ever have happy days like that? When you just want to literally skip along? I hope so. In fact, I hope that's today for you!

Love,
-Disney

55 comments:

  1. Turned out way cute! I'll have to find a skirt similar and try it someday.

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  2. I would be willing to bet money that your awesome feeling is based on the fact that your pictures look SO UNREASONABLY AWESOME!! You're really putting that how-to-take-suh-weet-pictures book to use, girl! Honestly, the photography here is making me feel halfway like running into the street for some hug giveaways, too!

    Another possible cause: the skirt. It has come out looking AWFULLY nice. Yay you!

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  3. I love these paper bag skirts. Thank you so much for this tutorial.. Definitely making one for me and my little girl!

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  4. just beautiful disney! You're always so inspiring. :) and I'm so happy that you're happy, I could use a little cheering up today.

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  5. When I first saw this, it reminded me of another skirt I had seen lately, the Cloudless Skies Paperbag skirt from Anthropologie! I was actually thinking about trying to re-make it myself, and therefore trying to figure out how to make it. But you did all the work for me! Thanks!

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  6. Wow, that is so cute! You are so creative!

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  7. Disney, you should feel AWESOME! you are AWESOME...I love this tutorial and the skirt. You have inspired me to run out to my local thirft store and find a polka dot skirt like yours! Love this!! I hope you have a fabulous week!!!!

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  8. I love this skirt! So beautiful! Thanks for the instructions, and I'm always so glad when I see a new post from you! :-)

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  9. You are so creative! You turned something really homely into something really cute!

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  10. I absolutely love it! It's so cute. Thanks for sharing it with us ^_^

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  11. So cute! I now want to go find a skirt at a thrift store to make a cute ruffle skirt! Thanks, Disney!

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  12. So adorable--and I just love your pictures!!! I'm happy that you are happy!

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  13. That's really, Disney. I've never seen that done.

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  14. What an adorable transformation!! You look so darling in this polka dot skirt

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  15. Too cute! Great work & thanks for the tutorial!

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  16. what a transformation ! the photos are gorgeous !!!

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  17. I've been so glad to see more posts from your blog pop up in my google reader lately. I love your blog, I love this skirt (especially the polka dots), and I love your photographs! So pretty, simple, and creative.

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  18. Thank you for this tutorial, it looks so pretty.

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  19. I just love your stuff! I can't wait to get my sewing room ready because I'm going to using a lot of your tutorials as a guide!

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  20. About the "wanting to run in the street and hug someone," you remind me of my sister! She gets all giddy like that too. so cute!

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  21. Aah this is so cute! I gotta try it :)

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  22. You have such beautiful hair!

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  23. Hey, thanks back! Birks are a real wardrobe staple in the hippie town where I come from. Glad to know they don't make me look ridiculous to everyone else. : P

    I wondered if you'd be willing to make another quick visit to my blog? I have a conundrum that I've posted to get some help from readers. I can't choose between some skirts that I bought, but can't keep them all. Help?

    Also, I just thought I'd let you know that I pinned this tutorial on my Pinterest board. If you don't know what that is, it's basically just like an online inspiration board. If you would like an invitation to become part of it, I would love to invite you!

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  24. this is perfect
    http://urbanprettygirl.blogspot.com/

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  25. Oh my hannah! I purchased a bunch of skirts just like that at the thrift store to do something similar to... but I've been wanting to make a paper bag skirt and THIS is just about the easiest tutorial I've found for it! Yea!! Thanks!

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  26. I just love your ruffles and stuff Disney. Thank you for coming back to my computer world. It wasn´t the same without you. Now things are finally normal again when I go on my weekly blog round. You know what? You are the best. -Greetings from Iceland.

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  27. I love happy days like that! Great tutorial, I don't think I could pull off the paper bag skirt, but you look lovely!

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  28. Yes! I'm so happy your back! I didn't even know it. I haven't posted on my blog in a loong time.

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  29. This one sort of reminds me of the blue button-down skirt from your last post...
    I told you you could make it!
    (Yes, I am that anonymous that mentioned the skirt.)

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  30. I love how the skirt turned out and your pictures are so beautiful!! :)

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  31. Thank you mucho for your vote, Disney! Your visit means a lot to me. : P

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  32. Love it!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-ruffled-waist-skirt-refashion/2011/05/18/

    --Anne

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  33. That's a gorgeous skirt! Polka dots and buttons and ruffles and a bow! I want one! ;) Great job!

    -Ponytails

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  34. Love, love, love this and cannot wait to make tons of lovely summer skirts!! Thanks for the brilliant tutorial, complete with gorgeous photos! :)

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  35. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [19 May 02:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  36. Reading your posts make me insanely happy! I've always wanted to buy a skirt like this but they're either too expensive or too formal! Now I can make one myself ! Thank you D :D

    www.arty-heart.blogspot.com

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  37. Cute skirt and great pictures!

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  38. Love the skirt! I am going to check out the thrift stores to try this! :-)

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  39. What a great skirt! Thanks for sharing!
    Isn't it great when you feel happy for no reason?

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  40. your simply awesome Disney :-D

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  41. Adorable!! Every time I read your tutorials you make me smile. You could make a skirt every day and you would still have a captive audience.

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  42. Great skirt! The ruffle and sash compliment the sweetness of the polka dots. I know what I'm trying to make this long weekend!

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  43. I just want to say how much that I love
    1) you are blogging again
    2)polka dots AND a skirt refashion in one post
    & 3)how gorgeous the last photo of you is in this post.

    ...and that is all :)
    xx

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  44. Wow! Whosoever clicked those photographs - I guess your dear husband - is a really good photographer! Very pretty pictures Disney!!

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  45. Who takes your wonderful pics???! They are fab!

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  46. I love this skirt. And I love the pics of you - especially with the sun shining in the back. Beautiful, lovely, wonderful pics.

    shalom,
    Gail

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  47. Thank you so much, everyone! Yes, my darling husband took the photos, bless his heart. I'm so lucky! :o)

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  48. That is so gorgeous! You can never have too many skirts so don't worry about that. :) I adore polka dots too and line most of my purses with dots!
    Fab idea, thank you for your inspiration. x

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  49. I LOVE this idea! I can't wait to get over to the thrift store and pick out my new vintage size 20 skirt for the summer!

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  50. The photos are beautiful. And the skirt is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.
    I am dying to make one like it!!
    You did a great job and thanks for sharing a how-to-do!!!

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  51. Too cool. The vintage look is <3.

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  52. Oh, I TOTALLY know what you mean! I'm having a happy day right now!!!!!! (Can you tell?) AWSOME blog by the way!!!!!

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  53. This is so lovely! I am very new to sewing, so forgive me if this is a silly question, but I noticed that you mentioned the original skirt was about a size 20. Did you have to do something special to take in the waistband, or is cinching the oversize waistband with a sash what creates the paper bag effect? Thanks!

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  54. so beautiful~~~ and Love your website :)

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