Thursday, April 28, 2011

Reversible Skirt Tutorial with Guest Disney of Ruffles and Stuff

i'm super excited to have one of the sweetest bloggers i know, disney of the blog "ruffles and stuff" join us today with a pretty cool reversible skirt tutorial! i love this tute! it's timeless, adaptable and so much fun! i'm definitely going to have to try my hand at making one of these.

disney's blog has been one of my favorites for a very long time. her photography, styling, fun personality and adorable daughter make it an irresistible place to visit.

you can find tutorials galore for ladies, little girls and for your home. you can even fancy up a pretty snazzy accessory as well! you ready to get inspired? get your fabrics ready & your machines warmed up to get working on any number of disney's tutorials.

now let's hear from disney...

Oh! I'm so excited to be part of Versus, I don't even know what to do with myself. What an honor! Thank you, Shannon!

And I'm extra-excited to be in sewing's corner of the ring. Sewing is such an open field for creativity. I don't want to make the knitting ladies feel bad, knitting is so lovely, and you can make some very lovely things. But, seriously, with sewing, what can't you do? If the choice comes between the two, for me, it's sewing-hands down.

And to help state my case, here's a lovely little sewing tutorial from me to you!

A reversible skirt.

One skirt, two looks! With simple, beginner-type directions.

All the benefits of two distinct skirts, with the effort of only one! Hot dog!

Got a split personality? No problem. Let both sides shine!

One side of mine (I call her Poppy) loves little country florals, picket fences and wearing rain boots whenever possible.

The other half of me likes to plays it pretty safe. All matchy-matchy and "normal" looking.

But, if you flip your skirt, won't one side have a seam showing?

We can't have that....

And what about where the elastic is closed?

It's no problem! Let's see how it's done...

1. First we'll need a nice elastic waistband for our skirt. Wrap some 2"-3" elastic around your waist until it's comfortable, add an inch and sew ends together, leaving about an inch on one end. (Photo a) Then fold the extra bit over twice, open up the waistband and sew the folded bit down. (Photo b)

2. Next cut two lengths of fabric for your skirt pieces. 2x your widest hip/waist measurement and 28" long for your main fabric, 18" for your accent fabric.

3. Turn each piece into a tube by sewing the sides together with right sides facing. Hem the bottom of the 18" piece.

4. To hem the longer piece, turn under the edge once and fold up the bottom about 7", pin well. Then use chalk or a sewing pen to mark 1" lines all the way up. Sew along each line with matching thread.

5. You'll need to gather the top of each skirt piece slightly until it's a little larger than your elastic band. To gather, sew along the top with a long straight stitch and pull one of the threads as you slide the fabric down.

6.Then pin the elastic band to the top of the skirt pieces in four equally spaces places. As you can see in the photo, the right sides of the skirt pieces should be facing each other, with elastic sandwiched in between, and all layers flush on top.

6. Gently stretch the elastic band as you sew the three layers together with a zigzag stitch.

All done!

Now you can have fun thinking of fun color combinations. :o)

But be sure that neither of your fabric choices show through to the other side.

And if you want to practice a little before making your own, this pattern works for little punkin's, too!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

Thank you again so much for having me Shannon.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!! :O)



thanks so much for being part of comfy sews VS cozy knits disney! love this skirt! remember what i told you...i will email you daily..wink wink :P if you all want to see more of disney's work pop on over to her fab blog - ruffles and stuff.

are you planning on making this skirt? don't you just love the fact that it's reversible too? so fun!


  1. This is such a pretty skirt for spring!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  2. I love this! Thanks for the tip with the elastic. I love how all the horizontal lines look on the bottom of the skirt. Great pictures too!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! I made this skirt this weekend. The only issue I had was that I don't really like the elastic I used: it's really stiff and doesn't form to me very well. Any tips for that?

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  4. WOW I can't wait to try this!!!!! Thank you!!!

  5. Hi!

    I just wanted to let you know I referenced your DIY in my blog post today! Here's the link:


  6. Apsolutly lovely...Thanks for tut : )

  7. Creative ideas, my daughter will have it. thanks


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