Tutorial Preview: DIY A-Line Skirt w/ Pockets

equestrian print skirt

Ann Taylor blouse, DIY skirt (tutorial coming soon), J.Crew Factory belt, H&M; blazer
J.Crew Mona pumps (only cap toe colors left – use LOVEJCREW for 25% off $150+), Prada tote

A few weeks ago, I saw a swatch of fabric posted by the talented SewPetiteGal, and immediately caught equestrian print fever. A big thank you to my friend Ping (another DIY extraordinaire) who scored the last bits of the material for me at Fabrix for $3 / yard. I haven’t made clothes from scratch in years, and wanted to re-learn by starting as simple as possible. I know a proper zipper looks best on a skirt, but you can’t beat the ease of an elastic waistband. I’ve heard from many of you who are interested in trying sewing (or have already started lessons!), and thought this would be a great beginner’s project to share.
equestrian print skirt2
I’m not entirely pleased with the results or with this outfit, but one of the best things about sewing is that you can tweak everything to your own preferences and learn from mistakes. Self-notes for next time: try a heavier, less wrinkle-prone fabric, blind hem the bottom, and pair full skirts with more fitted tops. And eventually, attempt to learn zipper insertion. I’m already eying fun printed fabrics in more season-appropriate colors for skirt # 2.
equestrian print skirt1
Please check back next week for a tutorial on the basic process for this easy skirt, which you can tailor to any length or fullness, and of course use any fabric that you want. And for anyone who tried marking this DIY clutch, I’d absolutely love to see any photos of your creations via Facebook or Twitter!

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  1. Niamh wrote:

    HI Jean,
    Just wondering if you'll be posting the tutorial soon. Absolutely LOVE your blog! Although my body type is opposite, I'm quite tall and find it impossible to find clothes that fit right. I'd love to wear skirts but unfortunately the vast majority sold in stores are too short and end up looking… slightly trashy… :/
    Looking forward to the tutorial!!!

    Posted 4.5.13 Reply
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  4. Prisca wrote:

    I love the skirt, with it's classic yet fun print, and the whole production (blouse, shoes and bag) is super super! 🙂 And you're so beautiful, I wish I had your hair (mine is very thin and grows not fast!). Go on with your sewing projects, it inspires me to go back to mine too (I sew too, but my machine has been in the closet for a while now…). Bye!

    Posted 3.31.13 Reply
  5. Min wrote:

    This outfit is beautiful on you! I love how you put the colors together 🙂
    Have a great weekend!


    Posted 3.29.13 Reply
  6. trulyou wrote:

    The blouse still looks great with the skirt!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply

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