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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Inspired by... DIY


I'm so excited to share with you the result of a project I've been working on for the last couple of months. (You could actually do this in a day or two, I just worked on it slowly, as I had the time)

I saw this skirt in a catalog a while back and absolutely loved it!


But at over $100, I knew it wasn't going to happen!  My friend, M.E. is a quilter and is addicted to goes to Joann's quite a bit.  After longing for this skirt every time a copy of the catalog came in the mail, I finally decided, "You know what! I can make this!"  The next time my friend went to Joann's, I tagged along. Since I was determined to purchase only fabric that was inexpensive or on sale, I expected this to be one of many trips over the next few months. As it turned out, we were there for 3 hours picking out fabric!!! (Don't feel sorry for her, she was having as much fun as I was!)

Bottom line?  I got everything I needed to make this skirt for under $50! Score! I couldn't believe it either!

We picked out a Burda skirt pattern that was designed with one tier to use as our guide. M.E. helped me figure out how to cut the pattern (yes the pattern!) to make a pattern for the other tiers. Once we figured that out, it was a cake walk.  Well, sort-a.

Are you excited to see how it turned out?

Okay, but before I show you, I think I should mention that I haven't sewn since I was in the 8th grade. (like 100 years ago)



I am SO pleased with how it turned out...


I just love it!


Yes, all five tiers are gathered... wasn't that fun! Not!


But worth every minute! 

I just love the feminine touch the lace adds at the bottom of the skirt.

So, what do you think of my version?

Have you created a knock-off lately? (doesn't have to be clothing) that you're excited about sharing?

Post your link in the comments section, I'd love to hear about it!





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  1. I think it looks wonderful! You did an amazing job!

  2. I love the different shades of purple! You did a fabulous job!

    I would love if you would come share with my week long link party at The Crafty Blog Stalker! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-stalking-thursday-4.html

  3. Your skirt turned out beautifully! I really love all of those shades of purple together. I'm just starting out with sewing and have attempted a few skirts, but none have turned out yet. Seeing yours makes me want to keep trying. Thanks!



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