The “Anyone Can Sew It” Quick and Easy Linen Skirt

I loved how much you all loved my post about my $1, two hour dress!  I’m obsessed with learning new ways to make life’s necessities in quick, easy, and super affordable ways.  So, I’ve decided to continue posting sewing tutorials and techniques from time to time.

Today’s tutorial is probably one of the first clothing items I ever made for myself….

The Quick and Super Easy to Sew Linen Mini Skirt!

These skirts have become a staple in my wardrobe.  Throw them on with a pair of leggings and you’re good to go!  Here is how it’s done…

1. To get started, you’ll need:

  • Linen or Linen Blend Fabric ( To figure out how much fabric you need, take your waist measurement and multiply it by 1.5 then divide by 2 (since fabric is folded in half when you buy it).  This is a VERY rough estimate.  As long as it goes around your waist with room for a little gather, you’re good.)
  • Strong elastic – I used the 3/4 inch, no roll kind.
  • Sewing essentials (scissors, matching thread, sewing machine, etc.)

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2. Lay your fabric out, folded, and cut off the rough edges.  Figure out how long you want your skirt to be, add about 3 inches for the waistband and bottom hem, then cut.  I actually ended up cutting this much short than the pictures shows, so just know that you can easily adjust the length later on.

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In this picture, the fold is at the bottom.  Be sure to leave your fold intact when you cut!

3. Pin and sew along one edge (opposite to the fold) to make a tube.

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4.  Take the elastic and “measure” it by stretching it around your waist.  When it is snug enough to hold up your skirt (but not too tight that it’s uncomfortable!), overlap by about 1 inch and cut.

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5.  Now, back to the skirt.  Starting at the top, fold down the top edge about 1/2 inch and iron.  Then, fold again, but this time about 1.5 inches or enough to incase the waistband elastic (as pictured on the right).

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6. Straight stitch along the bottom of your waistband fold, leaving about 3 inches open to insert the elastic later on.

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7. Back to the ironing board – Fold the bottom edge up about 1/2 inch, iron, then fold the same amount again and iron.

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8. Straight stitch along the bottom fold to finish your hem.

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9.  Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic and insert into the waistband opening you left earlier.  Guide the elastic all the way around, but be sure to leave both ends out for the next step.

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10.  MAKE SURE YOUR ELASTIC IS NOT TWISTED IN THE WAIST BAND!  I’m type-yelling because I seem to do this EVERYTIME.  I even double check.  So, just know that it’s easy to twist the elastic as you guide it through.  With both ends of the elastic in hand, overlap by about 1 inch and zig zag stitch 2 or 3 times vertically.

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11. Let the elastic fall back into the waistband, close the opening with a straight stitch, and you’re done!

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If you’re like me, these things get addictive.  The more you make them, the faster you go.  All those gorgeous linen summer prints I fawn over every time I’m at the fabric store now have a purpose!  You can make it any length (although, I feel like they look the best short) and in any pattern, fabric weight, or blend that you want!  Experiment and have fun!  I’ve even added some cotton lace and ribbon to the bottom for some extra embellishment.

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Snapshot Sunday

It’s time for Snapshot Sunday!  If you missed last week, I’m trying out a new thing where I take all those pictures that would normally live the rest of their days on a memory card and sharing them here.

What a wonderful week it has been.  Summer means things slow down a bit for WildFire to a easy going, fairly steady pace.  I tried out a new Farmer’s Market, spent some quality time with the fur-babies, and took another mini vacation over the holiday.  After a few days of eating, drinking, movies, and projects, I’m at a bit of a loss for words… So, without further adieu – here are my Sunday snapshots!

I woke up two hours late this morning... But, the weather for the Lincoln Heights Village Farmer's Market was beautiful anyways.

I may have woken up two hours late this morning… But, the weather for the Lincoln Heights Village Farmer’s Market was beautiful anyways.

Cleo soaking up the summer sun.

Cleo soaking up the summer sun.

Before leaving for three days to Lebo, KS, we took Marty to the "birdy hotel," a.k.a. the Birds of Paradise store and boarding services here in town.  He isn't so fond of his carrier...

Before leaving for three days to Lebo, KS, we took Marty to the “birdy hotel,” a.k.a. the Birds of Paradise store and boarding services here in town. He isn’t so fond of his carrier…

We went to the Lebo Independence Day parade...

We went to the Lebo Independence Day parade…

Ended up on someone's gorgeous property that evening for some relaxation and lemonade...

Ended up on someone’s gorgeous property that evening for some relaxation and lemonade…

And, of course, the fireworks!  This is the best my phone could do.  You know, I think each year I try to get those amazing fireworks shots but it just never happens!

And, of course, the fireworks! This is the best my phone could do. You know, I think each year I try to get those amazing fireworks shots but it just never happens!

We spent the rest of the weekend with family, relaxing, eating, and drinking.  We also build a board game!  Michael recreated his favorite childhood game, Wahoo, with a sheet of plywood, a drill press, and some spray paint!

We spent the rest of the weekend with family, relaxing, eating, and drinking. We also built a board game! Michael recreated his favorite childhood game, Wahoo, with a sheet of plywood, a drill press, and some spray paint!

That’s it!  I’m off for some dinner and a nap.  :)  I hope you all had a lovely holiday!

 

Foam on the Range Party

You may have remembered me talking about a Foam on the Range Soap Party a little while ago.  Well, it happened!  And, it was a lot of fun!

Amy, the owner of Foam on the Range, brought over a selection of soaps (including her beer soap line!), shampoo bars, lotions, perfumes, lip balms, body washes, and nail polish.

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But, she wasn’t just setting everything out for us to shop.  We got to choose and mix our own scents for the perfumes, body washes, and lotions!  I made a coconut ginger lotion.  :)

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The perfumes were wonderful!  I ended up deciding on the “Teakwood Cardamom.”

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The most exciting part of the gathering, and I’m sure most would agree, would be the nail polish mixing!  Amy brought along every color you could think of and we got to create our own color combinations.

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The Mister even joined in….  :)

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Christie was the polish tester… :)

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Visit Foam on the Range’s website or Etsy shop to learn more about her products or to contact her and book a party of your own!

Upcoming Events for July

Need your penny jewelry fix?  There are lots of opportunities to shop my full inventory in person this month!

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Wednesday, July 9th – Lincoln Heights Village Farmer’s Market
A mid-week farmer’s market held every Wednesday morning in the Lincoln Heights Village parking at Douglas and Oliver.  Support your community and stop in for some fresh, local produce, canned jams, and lots of other great products!  But don’t wait too long!  They’re only open from 7am – 11am.

 

Saturday, July 12th – The Workroom Artisan Market
The Workroom is hosting their second Artisan Market this month!  Stop by and support your local artists while grabbing a bite to eat.  They often have live music as well!  Click here to view the event page on Facebook.

Saturday, July 26th – Craftapalooza!
WildFire Accessories will be participating in the July Craftapalooza show at Century II!  This show always promises to have a HUGE collection of local talent and exciting vendors.  Click here to visit their Facebook page for more information.

Snapshot Sunday

I’ve decided to start a new thing.  I take hundreds of pictures with my phone just to have them tucked away, deemed unworthy for a blog post.  So, when I came across this post by one of my favorite blog authors, Jess of The Militant baker, I decided to give it a try as well!  I am copying her idea but it is such a good one!  I hope she won’t mind.

Here are some of my snapshots from this past week…

Playing cards and drinking a glass of wine with our doors open to the thunderstorm.  Absolute bliss.

Playing cards and drinking a glass of wine with our doors open to the thunderstorm. Absolute bliss.

I took a mini vacation to Kansas City.  Whoever says Kansas is boring has never driven down the highway on a sunny, early summer afternoon.

I took a mini vacation to Kansas City. Whoever says Kansas is boring has never driven down the highway on a sunny, early summer afternoon.

Same view, more cows.

Same view, more cows.

Me doing something....  At Waldo's Pizza!  I haven't talked about it but I've been on a gluten free diet for a few weeks; This place had AWESOME gluten free pizza and deserts... AND BEER!

Me doing something…. At Waldo’s Pizza in KC! I haven’t talked about it but I’ve been on a gluten free diet for a few weeks; This place had AWESOME gluten free pizza and deserts… AND BEER!

More rain?  Or did the mister just turn on the wiper fluid for the effect?  Either way I like it.

More rain? Or did the mister just turn on the wiper fluid for the effect? Either way I like it.

Definitely more rain...  WildFire Accessories was at this past Saturday's Village Flea Market Craft and Car show for a few hours before we got rained out.  :(

Definitely more rain… WildFire Accessories was at this past Saturday’s Village Flea Market Craft and Car show for a few hours before we got rained out. :(

So often we forget to enjoy the little things in life.  This is my way of “stopping to smell the roses.”  Check back next Sunday for more!

Vintage Market Days & A Little Bit of Shopping

Last weekend at the Vintage Market Days may have been a bit on the warm side but we had a lot of fun!  So many amazing vendors all in one place; Who could ask for anything more.  :)

I wanted to send out a special THANK YOU to everyone who attended in support of this event and an even more special THANK YOU to those that stopped by my booth.

It was because of you guys that I got to do a little shopping for myself!  Here is what I found…

A vintage saree from Auction House 160

I am so excited about this find!  I have almost purchased vintage saris online, in the past, but I finally got to hold one in my hands, making it impossible to say no.  I mean, that’s FIVE YARDS of gorgeous silk fabric just begging to be made into something amazing…

What shall I make with it??

What shall I make with it??

Some absolutely AMAZING BBQ sauce from Kansas Cabin BBQ & Rubs…

They had samples out and flavors ranging from mild to hot.  There were even a couple unique sauce flavors I had never seen before, like ginger and wasabi.  I had such a hard time deciding but I ended up with the Honey Chipotle (which I had to wait until the next day to buy because she sold out!) and Wasabi.  OH, MAN.  They are good.  I even put some of the honey chipotle in my chili last night!

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And, last, but definitely not least, was my doll from Salvaged Souls…

I spent the whole weekend staring at this women’s booth.  It was packed full with these amazing dolls, all with a unique story.  The picture really does not do it justice.  Soon, I’ll be setting up a little “art gallery” space in my studio to display my collection and she is going to be there, front and center.

Meet Beatrix…

"This is Beatrix... She thinks as long as everything is exactly the way she wants it... She is totally flexible."

“This is Beatrix… She thinks as long as everything is exactly the way she wants it… She is totally flexible.”

Be sure to check out my events page to see where you’ll be able to do a little shopping of your own next!