Anyways, I did manage to find a nice looking jean dress that I thought would make a nice skirt. And I was right!
Once I found the motivation to cut up the dress, the whole thing took me less than 20 minutes!
First, I cut the dress right where the bottom half started and laid it on the bed inside out.
Then I folded it up and if I had any pins that would have been great, but I did not. Lucky for me, it pretty much stayed where I folded it. I folded it up all the way around which is probably what helped it. (the seam, I mean)
Normally when I've bought elastic in the past, I buy the narrow kind and it always manages to get all twisted inside the casing, so this time I bought the wider style. It was $.97 at Walmart and said on the package (non-roll) The elastic is slightly bit narrower than the part that is folded up.
Then right before I sewed along the cut edge, I folded it under about 1/8 inch. If you're careful, when you're sewing it, it will catch the frayed part and will be sewed over it. I didn't. and I had to sew it twice. I didn't figure I'd take the first part out since my shirt always covers the top anyway. I didn't sew it completely closed, obviously so the elastic has someplace to go.
Then, I put a safety pin on both ends of my elastic pieces. The package of elastic was almost the size of my waist but I just stretched the elastic where I wanted it. (I don't like things too tight) and made a mark where I would cut later. Then, I just slid the elastic through the opening and the reason I put a safety pin on the other side was so that I wouldn't lose the other half. I went all the way around it and when it came out the other end, I just sewed it back and forth on the machine. (At this point, I was so excited to get it done this quick, that I forgot about taking pictures. LOL)
After the elastic was sewn in place, (and by the way, the non-roll elastic was totally worth it! The skirt has a nice gathered look to it as well. Then, I just sewed up the hole.
And that's all! A finished skirt.
It was so easy!
Update! I found the blog I was referring to at the beginning of this post!! I had the page saved as a pdf and found it recently. Yay!
here it is.