June 27 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

on June 27 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 52 Comments

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Sewn by Amanda, little cumulus

Pattern: 20-Minute Skirt Tutorial
Notes: Amanda writes, “I cut the fabric to be about twice my waist measurement; with 1.5x it doesn’t allow for as much movement as I would like towards the knees. So far I like the 2x a lot. I also zigzagged the fabric to the elastic right sides together, instead of the way suggested in the tutorial– I found it easier that way. I used the existing hem of the sheet, which made the whole thing that much faster (yay, I hate hemming!).”
Fabric: Amanda continues, “The skirt is made from a vintage sheet (I have a ginormous stash of them that I use to make clothes for my Etsy shop… I keep them all in our walk-in closet, which my husband only half-jokingly calls my ‘office’). I love sewing with vintage sheets; they’re soft, bright, cheap, funky, and never shrink or wrinkle.”

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52 Responses to June 27 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

  1. Trish B. says:

    that sounds easy and fun…

  2. ~Helena~ says:

    Lovely skirt.

  3. corinnea says:

    Very pretty!

  4. Sandy Narayan says:

    Love this!

  5. Kelli says:

    I could tell it was a vintage sheet. I love it! It looks cute, easy, summery…what more could you ask for??

  6. Rochelle says:

    What has taken me so long to tackle this 20 minute skirt?? This version is motivating me!

  7. Dalyn says:

    This is great! I have been so inspired by the challenge this month. I LOVE Make It,Wear It.

  8. wendy says:

    I just got a sewing machine for my birthday, so this looks like a great beginning project. I love it!

  9. Maria says:

    love the yellow! I wish I wore more skirts- just can’t do it- they are always so pretty and feminine.

  10. Desiree says:

    I love the fabric you used. It’s so light and summery, perfect!

  11. PeachRainbow says:

    Beautiful fabric and easy to make!

  12. katevet says:

    So cute! I love it!

  13. Siobhan says:

    Love it! Wish my op shop had nice sheets 🙁

  14. Kate says:

    What a lovely skirt for spring!

  15. Mindy says:

    cute skirt, and great idea! I’m gonna have to try that. I have recently started a vintage sheet stash myself.

  16. Jess says:

    Love the skirt and definitely love to avoid hemming at all costs! I definitely need to make something for myself as most of my sewing creations go to my little one… 😉

  17. Millie says:

    That skirt is really sweet, and it is always fun to make things from sheets! Thanks for the easy tutorial.

  18. Mary says:

    So cute! Would never of thought about using old sheets to make dresses and skirts. I hate to admit this but I just cleaned out my father in law’s linen closet and got rid of those sheets that would of been just perfect 🙁

  19. Cheryl says:

    Oh, I adore Amanda’s stuff!

  20. Sonya says:

    I’m going to make a variety of these this week.

  21. Deece says:

    Very cute. I just taught my niece how to sew an elastic waist skirt and then made one for my daughter for hula class. Now I think I need a couple for myself. 🙂 See my niece here: http://www.ayorata.com/2010/06/protege.html

  22. Maya says:

    This is a great tutorial. I think I might try this one.

  23. Leah says:

    Very cute skirt! I have some vintage sheets that I think I’ll try using for one of these.

  24. Alisha says:

    That’s it! I’ve got to start shopping for vintage sheets! And make a skirt with this tutorial!

  25. Ginger says:

    cute skirt

  26. Andi says:

    Great use of a vintage sheet! I’d love to make a skirt in 20 minutes – even the 1 hour ones always seem to take me longer than they should. This is a beuatiful piece of clothing for such a small output of time.

  27. Elaine Barnett says:

    Smart girl-cute idea-love the fabric!

    I want to make this!!!


  28. Rachel says:

    congrats, Amanda! Beautiful as always.

  29. annie says:

    Lovely! I love the yellow! I might have to make a couple copies of this myself.

  30. Tammy says:

    When refashioning something I love to use any existing features I can, such as hems, to save time! The skirt is lovely!

  31. Joke says:

    Oooooh you remind me of those pillowcases I should use up to make skirts of.. Thanks for the hints! The flowers on your sheet are sweeter though 🙂

  32. susan hwang says:

    thanks for the very helpful tutorial 🙂

  33. Marci Girl says:

    It’s so cute! I think my mom still has bedsheets like your new skirt!

  34. Wendy D. P. says:

    so pretty!

  35. Christine says:

    Cute skirt. Thanks!

  36. DebbieKL says:

    Great skirt! I love the bright colors – it looks great with the yellow top! Thanks for the tips.

  37. Carol Harlow says:

    What a cute skirt!
    I’ve got some vintage sheets, I might have to make one!

  38. Laurel says:


  39. Marcia W. says:

    This is a quick and different approach to sewing.

  40. sy says:

    the skirt is so cute 😀 i love the print. i want to try the tutorial too.

  41. Very cute! Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! 🙂

  42. Jenny says:

    That is SO beautiful!!!

  43. Unity says:

    Love it! Good job. 🙂

  44. Ramona says:

    I love the use of the vintage sheets for this skirt. So beautiful.

  45. QSOgirl says:

    sunshine-y! perfect for summer.

  46. Wendy says:

    I thought I spied a vintage sheet! So lovely as a sirt!

  47. Sade says:

    Great idea using the hem to avoid hemming 🙂

  48. Rebecca says:

    i love vintage sheets too.

  49. Sara says:

    Was just admiring Amanda’s store and everything in it I would love to own myself. The sheets she sews with are so Pretty!!!

  50. Joanna says:

    I love the colors and print in that vintage sheet. It’s a beautiful skirt.

  51. Tong Yu says:

    Love the vintage sheet used! So perfectly bright and cheerful!

  52. Monika says:

    20-minute-skirt is a great thing, especially with vintage fabric. I love it, the fabric and the quick making.

    That’s how I make most of my skirts and dresses: quick measure, quick simple cut and elastic. Haven’t got the peace and patience for real patterns… unfortunatly, because there are lots of nice ones I would like to sew.

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