(tutorial) Ruffle in Descent

I love the color mustard.  
I am always on the lookout for cute mustard fabric, but I am always a SERIOUS discount shopper, too. 
I found this fabric in the discount flat fold section in my independent local fabric store and it has been sitting in my stash for a while.  I really need some more skirts and dresses, 
(well, shirts too, to be honest…ok and shoes) 
so I thought I would whip up a quick skirt from this fabric.

So, I really like my concept, colors and trim, but I think it could be better.
If I was making it all over again, I would definitely change a few things. 
(With my awesome editing skills, I managed to make my skin look both sickly and pale, sorry!)

Below, I created a tutorial for you, and I will tell you what I would do differently to make it better.


About 1 1/2 yards fabric
About 3 yards trim
Matching Thread
Waistband Elastic
Here is where I would make the change.  If I were to make this skirt all over again, I would not do a full skirt. I would do a modified A-line, with the top width one inch smaller than the final hip measurement, and the bottom one inch larger:
This step would remain the same, except you would be cutting one of your A-line pieces.
On the top, I would measure in about 4″ from the top-right edge. (Sorry for the wonky picture) On the bottom, cut it about 2 1/2″ from the bottom edge.

Do this with your A-line pieces, instead of with rectangles.

For this step, you can do one of two things.  You can do this exposed elastic waistband with 2-3″ wide elastic. Here, here and here are some tutorials. I dyed my elastic using this tutorial.  Or, you can do a cased elastic waistband. Here is a tutorial.

To get an idea what the shape of the A-line skirt will look like, you can see here on my Valentine’s day pink ruffled skirt.  That skirt has cased elastic waistband, using 1″ elastic.

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