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!)
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.
(Want to buy a copy, but don’t see an Add to Cart button? Click here.)
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.
4 thoughts on “I Like My Skirts Fast and Cheap, 2.0”
Great project for beginning sewers. I can see why it is popular
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!
Absolutely adorable! Love the floral prints too! 🙂
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