Skirt + Skirt=Ruffled Gypsy Maxi

Hey!

We’ve had some pretty chilly temps in central Florida this week: Here, in Apopka, FL, we had two nights in a row of about 31 degrees F, with heavy white frost on the ground and rooftops—only warming into the low 50s. That’s COLD for us Floridians!

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, this 6-inch snowman was made in St. Petersburg, FL!

I heard reports of snow and a 6-inch snowman! When I looked it up online, I saw that St Pete and near Titusville—both in central Florida, had a little snow!

Thank God, in Florida, it doesn’t stay cold! Today it’s in the low 70s and “sprinkley.” It’s forecast for 80 degrees tomorrow with the weekend back to 40 for the low. That’s the way it is in winter, here.

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Around Christmastime, I was pleased to make these photos of fog as I had early morning runs to feed a horse (Cindy’s Critter Care).

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Teddy in a bag.

My kitty Teddy says, “hey!”

Any “kitty people” out there  know how they love bags! 😀

 

 

 

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This tut, in a way,  is a continuation of Create a Renaissance Top from a blouse and a vest! because  I made them at the same time and they make an outfit. 

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I started with two skirts made in India …one short, one long.

Both are of very thin fabric. The short one has a lining.

I was elated that they went so well together, color-wise! —with several color matches.  😀

I’d seen on Pinterest—and pinned them on my skirts board—this idea of what I call “horizontal tucks.” I really liked the look—all ruffled and puffy! I envisioned putting the two together, and shortening the long skirt by sewing many randomly-placed horizontal tucks, accomplishing two things at the same time: shortening the skirt and adding all those wonderful puffs! 🙂

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Remove the waistband from the long skirt:

The first thing is to cut off the long skirt’s waistband. Mine was very large with a drawstring waist, so it had lots of gather. After the  band was off, it needed to be gathered a lot to fit the width of the bottom of the lining of the short skirt.

Start pinning the two skirts together:

Pin the top of the long skirt to the bottom of the short skirt lining, starting with the sides: I matched the left side seams, pinned, and, then, matched  the right side seams, and pinned.

Pin together the center point between those pins on the one skirt to the center point between the pins on the other skirt. Keep pinning the center points together until the pins are fairly close together.

Then, as you are sewing the one onto the bottom of the other, gather it in between the pins as you sew.

I sewed around twice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, for the fun part:

Lay out the combined skirt.

By this point, it is very long. Start making random horizontal tucks—that is, parallel to the bottom of the skirt. But, you can make some of them  diagonal. It’s not scientific—you don’t need to measure or pin. Just grab some skirt and sew across it…but don’t let it bunch up…be smooth.

Make different-sized tucks. Large tucks make it “poofier” and takes up more length. Just keep at it. You can start near the top of the bottom skirt. Make your tucks several inches long. Then, grab a tuck in a new spot and sew across several inches.

Lay it out each time to gauge where it needs another tuck.

That’s it. Just keep tucking until your length is right and you like the big poofs of skirt ballooning out randomly.

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