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I Like My Skirts Fast and Cheap, 2.0

I Like My Skirts Fast and Cheap, a vintage sheet upcycling project @lclarke522

I finally, finally checked off an item that has been on my to-do list for the last two years: re-write, re-photograph, and re-package my most popular blog post into a handy-dandy ebook tutorial.

(Those of you with short attention spans can click here for the good stuff. The rest of you who like back story and details, read on!)

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Yep, 2008’s I like my skirts fast and cheap: a tutorial post easily gets the most page views every month, even now, five years later. I wrote it before I really had much sewing or photography experience under my belt, and every time I look back at it, I think of ways it could be better: it needs in-progress photos, better descriptions, and more discussion of possible variations.

So, on a whim last week, I made myself a new skirt from one of the sheet remnants I still had left from last year’s swap, and I photographed the whole process.

A few days later, I had a shiny new PDF to be proud of. Yay!

If you’ve got some vintage sheets hanging around your linen closet, now’s a great time of year to turn them into easy skirts. This ebook is totally beginner-friendly. All you need to know how to do is sew a straight line. (You technically don’t even need to use a machine, if you don’t want to.) All of the steps are explained in plain English, so you don’t need a degree in sewing terminology to get through it.

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Here’s a fun idea: grab a few friends, hit the thrift shops together, and have a skirt-making party! You can easily get more than one skirt out of a given sheet, so there’s plenty of potential for swapping leftover remnants. (The more I think about it, the more I love this idea – I need to find out if any of my friends can sew a straight line…)

If I haven’t sold you on this ebook yet, or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Happy sewing!

Oh! and if you can’t find a decently awesome sheet at your local thrift shop, try eBay. I’ve put together this custom search for you.

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4 thoughts on “I Like My Skirts Fast and Cheap, 2.0

  1. Great project for beginning sewers. I can see why it is popular

    1. Thanks, Yvonne. It’s also good for those with more experience, because it is super instant-gratification. When you know your way around a sewing machine, you can do it in half an hour!

  2. Absolutely adorable! Love the floral prints too! 🙂

  3. […] Downloads Shop newsletter (aka “eBook News”) goes out on July 1st, it will include the announcement from two weeks ago regarding the new Fast and Cheap skirt […]

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