Sunday, 14 July 2013

D.I.Y Scallop Skirt

This summer I am going to aim to get a few DIYs under my belt, and to use my sewing machine as I've barely had time to use it since getting it for Christmas. For this skirt, I spotted an adorable floral print in my local fabric shop, but there was only a small amount of it. As it was so cheap, I thought I'd be daring and try to make a skirt from it, so that if it didn't work out it wouldn't have been much of a waste.
I wanted to try to make a scallop hem as it's something a bit different and I like how it adds a feminine touch (not that a floral skirt isn't feminine enough already!) and so I searched for tutorials. The best one I found was from a blog called Extra Petite, and has an extremely useful step by step animation. 

I also have step by step photos to show you how I did it, and how simple it was, although it is also quite time consuming.

Looking back, I could have done with more fabric (I prefer skater skirts to tight pencil skirts) so that the skirt could have been more gathered. However, it's a lovely lightweight skirt and I'm really happy with the scallops, and worth the time it took (I had to turn the machine by hand when sewing along the scallops so that I could get a smooth curved line).

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, let me know if you try it out, I'd love to see what you create!

P.s. It's my birthday and blog birthday in 2 days! Eeek!


  1. cute diy, the skirt turned out so nice. thank you for sharing.


  2. Gorgeous! Love this little D.I.Y and I will definitely try it out at some point.
    Georgia xx

    1. Woohoo! Thanks, be sure to post a photo when you do :) xx

  3. Cute!

    1. Thanks, and your flower crowns are so beautiful! x

  4. Very cute. Makes me want to have a go. Thankyou for sharing ):

  5. oh my god this is so cute! definitely going to give this a go ... happy birthday (s)! in two days!! x

  6. This is so simple yet such a super cute idea. Will definitely be giving this a go.

  7. The scallops are so pretty, I've been on the hunt for a simple(ish) sewing pattern for a while- think I may have to try this soon! Thank you:)
    Emma x Little Duckling Blog

  8. Such a pretty diy, I love the floral fabric you have used.
    I really need to buy a sewing machine!


  9. I wish I knew how to sew! Really love the fabric you chose,

    Isabella x

  10. It is great to be able to sew and create beautiful items

  11. Happy birthday to youu ! :) <3 Really amazing DIY! :) Love this blog <3
    . . .
    Dreamer Clara^^

    1. Thanks very much, very sweet of you :) xx

  12. It looks amazing! I really need to sew more :)

    Water Painted Dreams

  13. Aww, this is adorable! Well done, you! :)

    Sophie | onetenzeroseven

  14. That material is beautiful! I've been meaning to use my sewing machine more, so I'll have to give this a go!

  15. Hi Georgina (what a beautiful name by the way!), I just found your blog and have been strolling around for about 30 minutes, seriously! I didn't want to freak you out or anything by saying that, it's just ... your blog, it's so interesting! Absolutely loove your sense of style, really, gorgeous outfits! I'm also very short (even shorter than you I'm afraid) so that's really interesting too, it makes me like you even more, if that's even a proper reason. You look like such a lovely girl too!
    Anyway, this skirt is so adorable, I love the scallops and the fabric is really pretty too! You explain everything so well. For ages, I'm trying to make myself a skirt but for some reason I never manage to get my sewing machine downstairs. I'm sure your blog can motivate me and will get me into sewing! I follow you now, how couldn't I :)
    Woops, I didn't know this comment was going to be that long, I'm sorry!



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