Prairie Skirt DIY

Friday

I've developed quite a fondness for prairie skirts of all sorts. This project only took me about 15 minutes, and I was very pleased with the results.
 Take a look at how to make your own..


Supplies: Jean shorts or skirt, very thin, cotton fabric. 
Pantry Supplies: Scissors, sewing pins, sewing machine or needle & thread.

Begin by cutting the shorts/mini skirt into a sort of waistband. As you can see, I cut around the back pockets so that they would still be intact for the finished product, but this part is optional. Next, take the cotton fabric, and cut out the bottom part of the skirt. The width should be your waist measurement x2. This way the bottom of the skirt will be very loose. Add a few inches to the length to make up for the folds you will be making in the waistband. Once you've cut out the bottom of the skirt, fold it over at the waistline at least six inches and pin it in place. This way you won't have to sew the two sides together, and it makes a nice split at the bottom! Next, begin creating small folds along the waistline and pin them in place. Once you've pinned the entire waistline together, complete with folds all along the top, hold it up to your hips to make sure it will fit. Once you're sure it's the correct size, stitch across the folds, securing them in place. Last, sew the two pieces together by sewing the cotton bottom underneath the jean waistband.


p.s. Congratulations, Elise!
You're the winner of the SwimSpot Giveaway! Please email me at sincerelykinsey@yahoo.com to claim your gift.  

***Since so many of you have kindly asked; my top is from Forever 21. :)

38 comments:

  1. I LOVE this - it's just lovely. I also read the instructions (which sound so simple) but I just. don't. get it. Time for a sewing e-course methinks!!

    Sarah
    http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk/#

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  2. eek, that skirt is gorgeous! you are so talented.

    congrats, elise!

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  3. oh, your style and talent are to die for! love.
    xo. blog.tarapolly.com

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  4. that is so adorable! i would have never thought of that!

    <3 Sharmaine Ruth
    underpeachtrees.blogspot.com

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  5. Wow, I love this! Sweet idea!

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  6. What a great idea! I have the perfect pair of shorts for this too!

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  7. Your DIYs are seriously amazing, Kinsey! That's such a lovely skirt!

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  8. So cute!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  9. THIS IS AWESOME, SO WISH I COULD DO IT.

    xo, adropofbliss.blogspot.com

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  10. You look absolutely stunning, this D.I.Y. is so cute. I love long, flowy skirts as well so I'll definitely be trying to put this together!

    mylifeinlavender.blogspot.com

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  11. This is genius! I love it and have a pair of pants in mind already to refashion!

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  12. That adorable! x

    http://stainsofpaint.blogspot.com/

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  13. you always have the best DIY's , this looks great!
    xo

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  14. Yes! I really like it! Nice outfit :)

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  15. So pretty! Would love to see how it looked from the back with the pockets there. I've been meaning to do this too but I need to find some jeans first :)

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  17. This is awesome. So lovely! :)

    http://faultymemories.wordpress.com

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  18. Very cool! I have just the jeans and just the fabric to use for this.

    Talia Christine
    http://taliachristine.blogspot.com

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  19. wow great DIY!! wanna try this soon :)

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  20. LOVE THIS!! I have a cute piece of vintage quilt that was never finished... now I can use it!!!

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  21. Your top is so beautiful!!! Do you crochet it by yourself?

    http://latenightkitty.blogspot.sk/

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  22. It's adorable, I love it! And looks so perfect with your crocheted tank.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  23. Please tell us how to make the top too :)

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  24. Such a great and easy idea!!!!
    Thank you so much for your time.

    Eva

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  25. This is great! But I'm having a hard time picturing how the back looks with the pockets! Or how you sewed the skirt on with the pockets left on?

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    1. For the pockets, it's simply sewn around the edge of the skirt, just like in the front! If you're thinking of doing the project you can try it with the pockets and if you aren't too keen on the look you can easily cut them off before stitching them on! Hope this helps a bit. :)

      Kinsey

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  26. You are so creative! Love this! It's adorable!

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  27. This is absolutely beautiful and I came across this with perfect timing because my favorite pair of jeans is almost threadbare at the inseam. Where did you find this gorgeous fabric...and I'd love to see the back of it with the pockets before I start the project.

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  28. Love this skirt and would really like to know where you got the shirt or if you made it. It looks crocheted. Thanks!

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  29. Love this idea. Just bought some material to make a prairie skirt of my own. One question...did you buy or make the shirt? It looks crocheted. Thanks!

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  30. Stayed up until 0200 piecing strips to make the skirt, so excited to get this done! Thanks so much for the idea, I'm going to try a shorter version next!

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  31. Thanks for the great idea! I stayed up after my 2nd shift job until 2am last night piecing strips for the skirt, can't wait to get home & finish it tonight. I heart the interwebs & the creative, generous folks on it.

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  32. love this!! i am SO making it! :) lisa

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  33. I have been searching for the original link of this skirt on Pintrest just to find every link only shows a picture no intructions, I finally found it! I don't understand how the back is sewn so that the pockets are completely visiable. Is there any way we could see the back of this gorgeous skirt?

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