Shiny Black Skirt and DIY Fray Check
Originally, the fabric for this skirt was intended to be the lining for the Lime Green Tutu I made, but when I got to the point to sew it in, I realized that all the layers of tulle obscured the shininess of the fabric. I decided to make it into a skirt instead!
- Pattern: Simplicity 2067
- Fabric: Polyester “Satinette”
- Notions: 3/4″ Elastic
- Time to complete: 7 hours?
- Make again: Hmm, it was really just 4 rectangles, and I think it’s a bit too much fabric for the style of skirts I prefer, so probably not.
- Total cost: I bought 3 yards of the fabric for $3, and probably about $1 for the elastic, so $4
The fabric I used frayed a consderable amount. To cut down on that, I tried a “DIY Fray Check” which was a mixture of white glue and water in a plastic ziploc bag with a corner cut off. It made the fabric stiff, and was a bit time consuming, but it did stop the edges from fraying. As soon as possible, I sewed the side seams with french seams (since I don’t have a serger) to fully enclose raw edges. After I washed the skirt, I haven’t noticed any stiffness, so I assume my mixture came out in the wash.
I like how shiny the skirt is, and I like to wear this skirt to dress up outfits alongside t-shirts. If I made it again, I would add pockets in the side seams, but since I was originally making this as a lining, I had already sewn the sides up by the time I realized this was going to be a skirt.