tutorial: how to sew a high-waist tabbed skirt

There’s nothing like waking up very early on a Monday and getting work out of the way before lunchtime. It’s the best feeling in the world, especially if you also happen to be running on strong coffee.

Now that I’ve gotten work out of the way, let’s get some sewing done! I give you here the tutorial for my birthday skirt. This DIY skirt, like I said, is inspired by a Burberry Prorsum piece. Hope you like it!


A – Half of desired width. Mine was 50″ in total. I like full skirts. I stand at 5 feet and has a 34-inch hip.
B – Desired length. Measure from the true waist or where you want your waistline to lie. Measure from the true waist if you want a high-waist tabbed skirt.
A1 = A / B1 = B
C – Hip measurement + 4 inches.
D – Waistline width x 2. Mine was 4 inches in total.
E = D

Your tab can be longer or shorter. The length is up to you. Or your waist measurement.

Note: Do not forget allowances for all pieces. 

You will also need elastic (must fit your desired waistline width), two buttons, & matching thread.



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i made a birthday skirt

…and started a new tradition.

I mentioned a few weeks back on Pinterest that the next tutorial to be posted here on my blog will be on a beautiful tabbed skirt similar to those from Burberry Prorsum SS2012. Here is the skirt (in fab colors, yes?) from the collection:

And here is the one I made:

I am really proud of this skirt. I am aware that I should have used heavier fabric but I could not say no to this sea foam goodness. I also could not say to to the fact that this fabric cost me only a little less than $2. You will notice that I didn’t do pleats. In order to make my skirt not very uniform-like, I went with shirring. At this point, I should mention that I live in a Catholic country and almost every school (from elementary to college) require their students to wear uniforms. Most of these uniforms have pleated skirts.

And so I shirred. The back of the waistband is also elasticized. Because the thought of sewing a zipper is enough to shut my brain down.

Why is this a birthday skirt? Because I made it on the eve of my birthday and wore it to birthday dinner. And because I wasn’t planning on sewing the skirt that night, I wasn’t able to take photos for the tutorial. Let’s blame excitement.

No worries, though, I will push through with the tutorial. I am still trying to decide what bed sheet to murder so that I can make another skirt. This is no sacrifice, by the way; we have unused bed sheets because we bought a bigger bed.

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tutorial: how to sew a reversible scalloped hem skirt

So the plan is to post a tutorial every month. And now that I’ve put that out there, I will be sure to jinx myself. Such is life.

Today, we shall make this DIY reversible scalloped skirt:

To make your scalloped hem skirt, you will need: Plain fabric, printed fabric, matching thread, elastic, sewing machine.


Cut two of the following:

NOTE: The length of the back pieces should match that of the curved length (along the sides) of your front pieces. Take your measuring tape and measure the length of the front pieces, from the waist, following the curve of the hips to the endpoint by the scalloped hem. My back pieces were an inch longer than my front pieces. 

Use a bowl or anything round to make your scallops. 

One is plain and the other is printed.

Okidokes, let’s sew!


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