Subtle High-Low Skirt Tutorial-from Skirt or from Scratch!
Hi! Good morning to you!
So I've been trying to post this tutorial for simply. ages. But as most of us mommy bloggers understand, it sometimes takes a lot to get pictures of ourselves. I so envy those bloggers whose husbands are photographers! Even with a tripod and a timed shot setting it is really difficult. My house is really dark so it's tough to get a good photo in there and the "neighborhood" I live in is remarkably unphotogenic. Pair that with the fact that I watch two extra kids every day and the fact that I never have makeup on...and you see why Paige's perfectly dimpled face graces the blog a lot more than my own. :o) And then of course there is the whole "Ugh! My nose! Do my hips really look that wide?? Why is my hairline crooked?" and the list goes on.
But my husband snapped a few shots of me last night and I said "Good enough!" because I'd really like to share the tutorial with you before this trend goes out of style. :o)
The high-low skirt, sometimes referred to as a "mermaid" skirt, "asymmetrical" skirt or unflatteringly as the "mullet" skirt is just simply a skirt that is longer in the back than the front. Many of them you see are super-short mini in the front and maxi in the back, but that's not how I roll. So I whipped up a church-going, toddler-toting version. :O)
It's really easy! And you can make it from scratch, or skip the first 6 steps and make it from an existing skirt by simply altering the hemline.
- Start with a big piece of fabric that is 1.5-2x as wide and your hip measurement and the length you'd like the back to be + 1 inch. My skirt piece was 60"x30" and I'm 5'8". Then fold it in half with right sides together. (And if you're thinking it looks like right sides out in the photo...you're right. Oops!)
- Sew along the edges to make one big tube-shaped piece. If you're using "super-frayish" fabric, like me, sew a zigzag stitch just to the right of your straight stitch.
- Wrap 3" wide elastic around your waist to measure, add 1" and cut. Sew ends together as pictured:
- (Not Pictured) Sew a straight stitch on the longest stitch length along the top of the skirt, then pull the top thread gently to gather the top of the skirt piece to about half its size.
- Pin elastic to the skirt in four (or more) equal places. The elastic seam and skirt seam should match up, with right sides facing.
- Sew the elastic on along the top of the skirt piece, stretching it a little as you go to match the length of the skirt piece.
At this point you will have an unhemmed skirt!
- Lay the skirt flat and on its side with the seam on the left side:
- Find out how much you want to trim off the top (I did 8") and subtract 1 inch for a small hem. Cut a 2-3" slit in the front(right side) of the skirt. (This keeps the hemline from coming to a peak in the front.)
- Use a measuring tape to cut a diagonal line from the slit to 2-3" from the back seam. (Again, to avoid a peak in hemline.)
- Fold under twice and sew to create a tiny hem. This is a little tricky as your skirt is cut in a slight curve now, but don't worry, just take your time and do your best!
The lighter and more drape to your fabric, the better. This look is definitely better with a fabric that moves well and it's too stiff or heavy.
And if you do prefer a more dramatic high-low skirt, you use the same technique, but with more of a "U" shape in your hemline. Here is little tutorial for that!
Have a good start to your week!