Hello!

Well, what a crazy 6weeks! Start my new job here at Minerva beginning of October, asked to be part of the legendary Blogger network Mid-November. It's like a fairy tale, my own personal crafty fairy tale.

Anyway, enough gushing, let's get down to business! Now, to say I love bargains is a tad of an understatement. I LOVE getting something with a little knocked off. However, thrift and frugality are more than just getting 25% off in a sale. It's not so much getting something for nothing, but more getting something from nothing! Which leads nicely to my style of blogging for the network. Helping you all to get a bit of something for almost nothing. My first project is testament to that, the Katie Betty Liberty Skater Skirt in this bargain clearance jersey fabric! I know what you're thinking, "A skirt? In December?!", but shorties like me will live in thick tights and skirts throughout Autumn and Winter, and with this skirt you can rock it right through Spring into Summer!

This really is all you need!

The longest edge of the material will be the waist, so measure down from there how long you want your skirt, I just folded it in half and cut along the crease. (Apologies for the state of my ironing board. It doubles up as my sewing/painting/crafting/ironing board, much to my partner's dismay!)

Measure down from the longest edge the width of your elastic plus a little more for safety, for me this is 55-60mm. Measure your hem allowance at the bottom, I usually do 10mm.

As this is aimed at beginners, I advise to sew the hems first. It will become apparent later.

Pinned and ready to go!

Once you've sewn your hems, fold the skirt in half and pin the edge seam. This will create the circle and your project now starts to resemble a skirt!

Remember: leave your waistband unpinned for now, as you'll need this gap to push through the elastic later.

Now it's time to push through the elastic. How much you'll need depends on your own measurements, and the kind of elastic you use. With the elastic shown here I used my waist measurement minus an inch.

An old trick is to attach a safety pin, the bigger the better, to the end to help you guide it through. As you can see I fold the corners in like the beginnings of a paper aeroplane to help the elastic glide through.

As you can see here, all you do is push the pin and elastic through the waistband, ruffle the material then pull it down the elastic.

Your elastic is going to be shorter than the total circumference of your skirt waist at this point, and you want it to ruche up, and a little trick I learnt the hard way is when all of the elastic is inside the waistband, pin the end! Then you can continue to ruche your waistband without losing your elastic.

Now it's time to kick it old school with a bit of hand sewing. What you want to do here is sew the elastic together at the end. I incorporate this into sewing the waistband shut, but you can do these separately if you want.

Then you turn the skirt the right way out and boom! You have your skirt.

This is so easy, and a great beginner project if you're learning or teaching someone else as you can make it up in a morning, and it can be worn in the afternoon

Depending on how long you make the skirt, you'll have enough leftovers to make two skirts, or as I did, a matching clutch! But that's a story for another time. If you want some ideas on what to do with the leftovers, visit my blog and squeeze everything you can out of your craft materials in my materials list!

Craft or Glory!

Katie Betty x