Tonight after exactly one week of working on my JCrew skirt I have finished. In total it cost about $18 and it took me about 8 hours to complete. I'll admit that I probably jumped the gun with this project but I think it's better to try and fail then to not try at all.
When I started last Sunday I sat down with 3 1/2 yards of fabric and I just stared at them. I honestly didn't know where to begin. I was trying to figure out how I was going to make one very long roll of fabric look like a cute skirt. The first thing I did was measure myself. If you can avoid measuring the size of you ass, do it at all costs. My ass seems so much bigger now that I know its size in inches.
After measuring twice I got ready to cut 2 rectangles to make the skirt. But I had a feeling I should google "how to make a skirt" to see if anyone had any tips before I started cutting. I stumbled upon a YouTube that had step by step instructions about how to make a skirt. Guess what...if you cut a rectangle skirt you will end up with...a rectangle skirt with no shape. Apparently you are supposed to cut skirts as trapezoids so they flare at the end. So I redrew my cutting lines and started over. After cutting out the skirt shape I cut out the 3 panels for the ruffles.
I won't bore you with all the details but after lots of pinning and modeling and sewing, I ended up with what I consider a great finished piece. I'm proud of myself for doing something like this without a pattern and I definitely think it is something I can improve upon if I try it again.
So what do you think?