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Ten Minute Skirt (Almost)

Rhonda, of Rhonda’s Creative Life, posts a free pattern — instructions, really — nearly every Friday.  In the midst of making my Minoru, I wanted something I could knock off fast, and call “finished”.  This skirt was perfect:  It’s made of eight bandanas sewn together, and required no hemming at all.

(If buying really cheap bandanas, as I did, check the hems carefully.  Many will be sewn badly, but you’ll be able to find eight that are fine.  Trust me.)  Here’s a (lopsided) close up of the lower skirt:

It’s pinned to my duct tape dummy; unfortunately, it and I are no longer the same size.  Or maybe that’s a good thing?  Anyway, there’s a new DDD in my future — just not now.

Stitch the bandanas according to Rhonda’s instructions, add a casing for elastic, and wear it.  What could be easier? And what could be better for those long hot days of summer than a weightless, airy skirt?

Rhonda’s skirt is stunning — she found, and used, much more wonderful bandanas than I turned up:

Kind of puts mine to shame, doesn’t it?  There’s the rub:  I had a terrible time trying to find bandanas that 1) didn’t scream “bandana” and 2) weren’t pink camo or covered in skulls.  Also, I was only willing to spend one dollar each for this trial run.

With Rhonda’s eye, though, and a little more dedication to finding the right thing, just imagine what you could do!

Shams, of Communing With Fabric, has a tablecloth skirt tutorial that is similarly wonderful, though different.  It’s on my list, too, but finding an appropriate tablecloth has proven difficult.  I want a plaid, and I’m picky about my plaids.

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  1. March 10th, 2012 at 08:20 | #1

    Oh my, what a lovely surprise. Your skirt is fantastic! Love it!! A huge thank you for the lovely review. I’m so happy that you like the skirt.

    • March 10th, 2012 at 11:40 | #2

      Thanks for a great pattern, Rhonda! I love your Free Pattern Fridays — they’re always so creative!

  2. Shams
    March 9th, 2012 at 16:08 | #3

    Really cute, Noile! You know, I am very sorry I named mine the Tablecloth skirt. Too many people believe you sew it *with* a tablecloth. But the name is because it *mimics* a square fitted tablecloth. sigh.

    • March 9th, 2012 at 16:24 | #4

      Wait a minute, Shams — I see your point, but I could make it from a tablecloth, right? Because I think that would be so kewl! (I do see your point, but, on the bright side, it’s a memorable name, and that counts for a lot.)

  3. March 9th, 2012 at 11:20 | #5

    How clever! Looks like the perfect airy skirt for summer.

    • March 9th, 2012 at 12:49 | #6

      Not to mention a perfect skirt for a summer day when you’d rather be outside! Thanks for your comment, Trena.

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