Monday, April 21, 2014

Marvelous Monday - Review of DIY Skirt

Hello hon,

Today's MM is a review of the bed sheet full circle skirt by Nadira037 on her YouTube channel, she also has a blog site (check it out)!  Nadira's instructions on this dreamy skirt are easy to follow.  I made the first skirt with intensions of making it in a high low format.  Well, yeah, that didn't go so well and I had to cut the skirt to be a short circle skirt.  The skirt came out great but I was set on making the animal print one that Nadira made in her video.  Let me tell you I am soooo happy that I did.  It came out great and one of my favorite things about this tutorial is that she shows you how to make a wide band for the skirt and an elastic waistband if you prefer that instead.  With the wide waistband she shows you how to simply add a zipper.  I LOVE and made wide waistbands for both skirts.  I am so pleased with the outcome and intend to make several in different colors.  I also plan to use one for part of a belly dance costume in the future!! 

List of supplies I used for this video is a king size flat bed sheet (she got a microfiber set from Wal-Mart for $23.00.  The first skirt I made was short and that was a regular full size new sheet set I bought from a flea market.  The second skirt is the same set she used in the video [cheetah, oooohhhhhhh]), scissors, a 22 inch zipper (or whatever you have on hand, for the short one I only had one on hand and it was a different color and super long, lol), pellon (or stitchwitchery, that's what she had on hand at the time of the video), matching thread, pins, ruler, iron and board, pressing cloth, spray bottle with water.

Problems I had with the making this skirt: NONE!  It really was easy, I think a great beginner's project if you want to do a waistband other than elastic.  I love that I could make my band as large as a wanted to so I didn't get little (not-so) love handles (I'm working on 'em!) on the side from the elastic, lol.  Awesome sauce!!

Tutorial Review:

Pattern Description: Bed Sheet Full Circle Skirt from Nadira037 YouTube tutorial

Sheet Set Size: Full size flat sheet for the short one and King size flat sheet for the maxi one.  Like this one, there were cheetah and zebra print (I bought the zebra print after the cheetah print one came out so great) on the shelves of one of our local Wal-Marts, this is Main Stay (their brand I believe).

Did it look like the photo on the tutorial once you were done with it? Yes, perfect!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very clear and I was able to follow along with no problems.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved using the sheet set: 1) is was microfiber so very soft and flowy; 2) I got a lot more fabric than I ever could have if I had gone to the fabric store (I love you Jo-Anne's, really), especially for that cheetah print; 3) I now have the fitted sheet to  experiment on this design idea I have for a dress that is ruched on one side using the already gathered part of the fitted sheet; 4) I have a large pillow case which may be used later for a pencil skirt or clutch or tote bag; and finally, 5) a cute little carrying pouch to put other stuff in.  Score!!!!!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not change the pattern but I did do my zipper differently.  I did it as an invisible zipper, because, well, I kinda ripped it out of some store bought garment and had refashioned the rest of the garment.  Only when I did the short version as it was all I had on hand, never mind it was a completely different color, lol, hence doing the invisible zipper technique.  For the maxi length I did do as she did in the video.

Would you sew it again? Already have plans to and the sheet set to do so!  Woot-Woot!!

Would you recommend it to others? I most certainly have and will continue to do so!!

I had planned to give you step by step pictures of how I did it.  But since I did not change anything I thought why read me doing it when you can do as I did and watch her in the part 1 and part 2 videos on her YouTube Channel

I will leave you with some great pictures of my prep and how I rocked my skirt in OOTD photo's below (again I took step by step pictures but will only show you a few since I am not doing a written explanation of what I did.  But I wanted you to see just how easy it was for me a novice to do it with no problems.)

These are the supplies that I used!

This sheet was HUGE, I had to take it off my cutting table and bring it into the kitchen.  If I had put it on the floor my doggie would have thought I was make him a wonderful new bed.

These are my dimensions for the skirt.

Yes I can see it now, woo-hoo!!

I had to cut the waist in inches and hold it up to me because  I din't want to end up cutting it too big since I was not using the elastic waistband.  Bad experience with something else so I was very parinoid, lol.

Folding and ironing the hem.

Waistband, I love the flat waistband!!

Zipper foot

This is what you have to work around and over when you cute the zipper too short, ugh!

Finished zipper!


The shorter version using a full size flat sheet 
 I MADE this white circle top (also super easy, I may post a video on that if requested)

I created a matching pendant and earring set for the cheetah maxi version and a cameo pendant to match the short version.
Super easy, took like 5 minutes to put the pieces together!

 Let me leave you with my favorite picture.

 The wind just happened to pick up at that moment, as if the say, "I agree, this is beautiful, let me help lift it up for you for all to see.  Steph you Rock (thanks to Nadira037's great tut)!

Love and Shimmies, 

P.S.  I also went over my seam allowance area with my serger because the fabric did like to fray way too much for my comfort, lol.  (next time I will do that before I sew the pieces together!!)


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  3. OMG I LOVE this idea. I just took a ripped sheet off my bed last night. I was thinking of making pajama pants for the boys with it. Now I know EXACTLY that i'm going to make from it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi KL, Thank you for reading this post and leaving a comment! I am super excited that you are now going to try it. Ii now have several colors of sheet set to remske this skirt. I just love it! If you blog about it please share, I would love to see it. Good luck.