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Vintage Curtain Maxi Skirt (Simple Sewing)

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 Do you love maxi skirts? Do you love DIY maxi skirts?  And are you a fabric hoarder? Do you have stacks and stacks of lovely fabrics but find yourself compelled to keep buying?  Do you go to the thrift store and buy clothes to use as fabric because you just can't get enough?? If so, come sit by me. 

 I bought a vintage curtain at the thrift store for $2 and turned it into the cutest ruffled little girl's maxi skirt!   Molly loves wearing homemade clothes like the 4th of July pillowcase dresses I made and now she  loves her twirly maxi skirt with the tiers of eyelet ruffles.

It started out as a simple white curtain with an eyelet ruffle. But what I loved about it was just how wide the ruffle was. It was in great shape too, no fraying or holes.

I started by measuring Molly's waist and her length from waist to ankle. I added 2 inches for the waistband casing since my elastic was an inch wide.

Once I had her measurements I doubled the waist (SHOULD HAVE TRIPLED IT!!) measurement and cut out a large rectangle, leaving a bottom ruffle attached (waist x3 by length).

I then cut the remaining ruffles off the curtain and measured two strips of ruffles for the tiers. I pinned and sewed them to the rectangle.

Right sides together, I sewed the long seam together to form a tube of fabric with the ruffles on the bottom. To create the waistband I folded the top fabric down 1/2 inch, ironed it, and then folded it down an inch and a half and ironed it. I then sewed the seam leaving a one inch opening.

Using a safety pin attached to the elastic I inserted it in the waistband casing. I sewed the two ends of elastic together when the elastic was completely through to the opening. Then I stitched the opening closed and that's it. It took me 20 minutes.

The ruffles are finished already since they were on the curtain top stitched on. I didn't even have to finish anything!

The only thing I would change is to triple the waist measurement since it's a little narrow for her. She can walk but needs to pick it up to run.

Cicada exoskeleton shells were freaking her out, as they should since they are yucky.

This is the pose she chose to be included in the blog post.
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  1. Sooo pretty! The ruffle falls in exactly the right spot. Awesome repurpose~

  2. Wow, how adorable! You have such good ideas! And Molly is a real stunner....

  3. Adorable! I love repurposed things like this. I've been working on several repurposing projects lately!

  4. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!


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