The Mummy Skirt

This skirt was inspired by Katy’s bias skirt tutorial over at No Big Dill. I can’t wait to make one for myself (a bias skirt, not a mummy skirt). And you should click right over and check out her blog immediately! Those girls, those clothes, those photographs!

Katy’s tutorial is great, and I followed it pretty closely for the strips of mummy cloth and for the waistband construction. I used Dana‘s circle skirt tutorial for the skirt construction and added an additional 1.5 inches to the length to account for the elastic waistband.  My heart skips a beat whenever my Reader shows a new post next to Dana’s MADE. The kids, those clothes, those photographs! Visit Dana immediately after visiting Katy!

The Mummy Skirt

Dig through the rag stash for once white t-shirts. Or, if you are like me, ask your husband since it is his rag stash. I started with four (a men’s XL undershirt, 2 women’s Med tee’s, and a long sleeve women’s Med) and some 1/2 inch wide elastic. I ended up using one more men’s XL undershirt for all Mila’s mummy pieces.

The t-shirts were perfect because they weren’t perfectly white, provided exactly the right mummy look I was after and won’t fray (thus no hemming).

This project could have been done more simply by sewing strips of t-shirt material on top of clothes I already had, but part of the fun for me was constructing the clothes as well. I went back and forth between a skirt and leg warmers or just pants. I decided I wanted to try a skirt and leg warmers first, so next week I’ll probably make Mila a cute pair of pants to try that.

I used a t-shirt to construct the skirt itself. I sewed the two pieces together.

I folded the waist portion down 3/4 inches to create the elastic casing and remembered to leave a good 2-3 inches open to get the elastic in later. The casing is at the very right below.

Using a sewing marker, I created marks starting at 1.5 inches from the bottom edge (so the bottom cloth strip hung slightly over the hem), then 1 inch up until I reached the waistband (so 1 inch of each cloth strip showed). (The picture above shows the bottom edge on the left and the waistband on the right.) I did this in several spots around the skirt to make sure that I would stay relatively even. This wouldn’t be necessary if you were really good at eyeballing which, as it turns out, you will be very good at once you’ve sewn this entire outfit!

The t-shirts and scraps were cut into 2 inch length pieces to create the strips of cloth. After cutting the t-shirt into large loops essentially, I cut each loop at the seam to open the loops into one long strip that was easy to sew on.

Starting with the bottom of the skirt and laying toward the waistband, I zigzagged the cloth strips on, overlapping them about 1/2 inch. After a complete pass around the skirt, I angled the cloth gently upwards until the next inch “marker” was reached and sewed straight. My very first cloth strip(s) was/were the bottom 2 inches of a t-shirt so I could use the hemmed edge.

Initially, I was worried about the warmth since the t-shirt isn’t warm enough for Halloween in Iowa, but it became clear pretty quickly that all the layers would provide adequate warmth for the 60 degree weather we had, especially with the leg warmers added in.

Some of the strips didn’t lay flat, so I snipped where necessary. In this picture you can see where the uncut seam of the t-shirt appears, but it doesn’t present a problem either in style or function.

Added elastic and stitched the casing shut.

Lastly, I tried it on my little mummy! I think this would be cute done in two tones of the same color t-shirt. Though it took longer than I thought (2.5 hours), you could make one long enough initially so it would grow with your child to make it worth the effort. Add a pair of leg warmers underneath, it could work in Iowa for 3 of the 4 seasons!

Next time, the leg warmers!


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