Monday, October 18, 2010

Charlotte Russe Inspired Skirt

I fell in love with this skirt from Charlotte Russe: However, it was a little too short for my taste. I figured I could make one myself, so I did.
I know I don't quite have the legs of the 5'11" model. I'm stuck with my 5'2" legs and a crappy camera, but I'm still happy with how the skirt turned out. Do you want to make one for yourself, as well?

Materials needed:
- 2 1/4 yds cargo/khaki fabric
- 1/2 yd tulle
- Invisible zipper
- Coordinating thread
- Upholstery thread (optional)

* All seams allowances 5/8" unless otherwise noted.

1. Measure where you want the top of your skirt to rest. I like mine on my hips, so I measured there, which happened to be 31". Then I grabbed one of my favorite skirts, and measured the bottom. It happened to be 50", so that's what I decided to go with. You'll also need to measure how long you want the skirt. I wanted mine 22".

2. Going from there I cut* the following (numbers in red relate to measurements above):
- skirt (3 pieces) 16 3/4" x 26 1/4" (length of skirt - 5 1/4" seam allowances, waistband, and ruffle; bottom of skirt divided by 2 + 1 1/4" seam allowances)
- waistband (2 pieces) 6 1/4" x 17 3/4" (hip measurement divided by 2 + 2 1/4" seam allowances and waistband angle)
- ruffle (3 pieces) 9 1/4" strips fabric, (3 pieces) 5 1/8" tulle

* Cut the skirt pieces first, then the waistband, then the ruffle pieces. For my third ruffle piece, I had to sew two pieces of fabric together to get a 9 1/4" x 44" strip.
3. Take the 2 waistband pieces and press each one WST (wrong sides together) lengthwise. Lay both pieces on top of each other with the folded edge along the 2 1/2" line on a cutting mat. Angle a ruler down 1" to the 0" line on the cutting mat and cut. Set aside.

4. Lay 3 skirt pieces on top of each other. Take your waistband cut measurement and skirt cut measurement and subtract them from each other. (Ex: mine was 26 1/4" - 17 3/4", see step 2 above.) Then divide that number by 2. I ended up with 4 1 /4", so I'm going to mark 4 1/4" in from each side of my skirt with a pin. Then angle the ruler from each pin down to the bottom and cut.

This will leave me with my skirt pieces so the top edges measure 17 3/4" and the bottom edges are 26 1/4", and the are 16 3/4" tall. Use your measurements accordingly.

5. Take one of your skirt pieces and draw the angle you want your ruffle to go on the skirt front.

Then cut along the drawn line. This piece will now be front piece A.

6. Press fabric ruffle strips WST lengthwise. Lay strip of tulle on top of one of the ruffle pieces and a piece of upholstery thread just along the raw edges. Sew a zig-zag stitch over the upholstery thread.

This is my favorite way to gather, but if you would rather, you can simply sew a gathering stitch instead. Repeat on the other two ruffle pieces.

7. Then I like to divide my ruffle into fourths and mark with pins, then do the same with my skirt.

Gather each strip. If you used upholstery thread, you can simply slide the fabric along the upholstery thread to gather. Super quick and you don't risk breaking a gathering thread!

Once all three strips are gathered, you can pin RST (right sides together) along the bottom edges of all three skirt pieces. If you used pins to divide the pieces into fourths, match those pins up on each ruffle/skirt, then distribute the gathers evenly and pin frequently.

Stitch together and finish seam with either a serger or zig-zag stitch. Press and topstitch.

Repeat with all three skirt pieces.

8. Next let's sew our waistband pieces to our skirt pieces. Layer skirt front piece B on the bottom, then skirt front piece A, then one of the waistband pieces, lining up all the raw edges.

Stitch, finish seam, press, and topstitch. Repeat with the back piece. You should now have two pieces: the front and the back of your skirt.

9. For the invisible zipper, I used this tutorial to shorten mine to 7", then this tutorial for actually sewing it. After following those, I was to this point.

I sewed the other side seam together. Serged and pressed, and my skirt was finished!

I love it! I especially love the little bit of character the tulle adds to it!!!

77 comments:

  1. I cannot properly describe how much I adore this. WILL be attempting it someday soon!!!

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  2. I sew all the time for my daughter and nephew so I can whip up a toddler outfit in an instant haha. So I am always on the look out for something for me and I think this might be it!! Thanks for posting this for us all. :) Quick question though, what do you think about something similar to this, except using a lighter weight knit? Well, its pretty heavy for a knit, but lighter then khaki. Like I said, I'm new. :P

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  3. That is a crazy cute skirt! Well done and thanks for the tutorial!

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  4. Very cute - might have to make me one of those - thank you for the tutorial.

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  5. Agreed. And you got the length just right for my taste as well. So lovely!

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  6. I made a similar skirt , a mock wrap with ruffles at hem as a gift for her , on her first day to pre-school that was 2 years back and i din't even update my blog regularly then, so here the link to it that i had posted on craftster, kids section

    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=273035.0

    This brought back those sweet memories, how time flies and now my daughter has already been to montessori school for more than an year now....

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  7. Love it! This is going on my project list pronto! Thanks for figuring it all out.

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  8. A "little short"? I'm not sure it's even legal to wear the Charlotte Russe version in some states. Ha ha ha!

    Love it!

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  9. I'm bookmarking this in hopes of making one for myself ~ thanks so much ~ I LOVE it!

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  10. Very Cute Skirt Tam! I might have to attempt to make this! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  11. Adorable!Just a beautiful skirt!!
    -Kendall
    {songbirdsandbuttons.blogspot.com}

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  12. I am so excited to make this!!!! I want to make one for me AND my little sister (for Christmas maybe). I'm thinking this color fabric you chose is exactly down my alley. Would you share where you purchased it or even the designer, style, whatever you have. I am not finding a "cargo" fabric anywhere, is there another name?

    Thank you Thank you Thank you! I LOVE this skirt!

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  13. i keep coming back to this again and again! SO GORG! This will definitely be one of my first after-baby projects for myself. Once I have established what size I can wear.

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  14. We are so on the same wavelength! I saw the same skirt and thought "so cute but so short!" I saved the pic and figured I could make one myself. You beat me to it. Thanks for doing the hard part of figuring it out! This is definitely next on my list (after all the halloween costumes are done).

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  15. First, Thank you so much for your blog! I love it and it gives me ideas of wonderful things to make my home cozy! My name is Carli, and one of the reasons I am writing you is because I am also starting my own blog. Its call Just for You!(justforyouwomen.blogspot.com) For all women out there! I am just begining and its just for fun! I want to spotlight your ideas on my blog and wanted to ask you for your permission! If I ever spotlight your blog I will let you know! I want to spotlight yours and other blogs for your incredible creativity! Check it out and let me know if you would love to be apart of a wonderful place to come be you!

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  16. This is SO cute! Thanks so much for the tute - I can't wait to make one!

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  17. Thanks everyone!

    Rhianna- I'm sure you could use knit. I think any type of fabric would work fine.

    Milkshake Baby- I bought my fabric at JoAnns. I asked an employee where a "khaki" fabric was, and she directed me. The name of it is charcoal gray rodeo, and it was next to the denims.

    Carli- Of course you can spotlight any of my ideas. I just ask that you please give credit where credit is due and link back to my site.

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  18. I thought I left a comment, but maybe I didn't. I love this knock=off! Very cute! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  19. Thanks so much! I'm excited!
    If I actually get this completed I'll put pics/story on my blog and DEFINITELY reference this super fun blog!

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  20. I love it and am featuring you for sure! Come on over and grab my button, you'll find it in a tab underneath my blog title! :)

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  21. I love this!!! I always sew for my girls but never for myself, I am totally going to try this! I am pretty sure that my legs wont look as hawt as yours though....

    love your guts
    mandi

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  22. Adorable skirt. I love yours even more than the original. Much better length for sure. Very, very cute!

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  23. This skirt is SO cute! Thanks so much for the tutorial. It's long enough for many of us to wear!

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  24. Thank you for sharing how you made that beautiful skirt...maybe I will be brave enough to try it! :) By the way, I thought the picture made you look like you were tall! I am also 5'2", so I totally understand! :)
    Have a wonderful day!

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  25. I love that! I can't wait to make one! Thank you!

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  26. I love your version even more than the original. I love that store but I'm to big to fit in any of their clothes. It is my goal to change that but you have just inspired me to try recreating them as well! Just found your blog, sew love it LOL.

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  27. Ooooh, I am SO loving this. I have been looking for an idea/ pattern for a skirt for myself for ages. But all seemed kinda boring. I do not want to spend alot of time sewing something that I could just as well buy ... But this is gorgous! I will have to make one! LOVING it!!!!
    Thanks for sharing! Honestly, you made my day! Just the fact that I found this ... well, I shut up now ...

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  28. great! I think I want to make such a skirt for myself too :)
    thank you very much! :)

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  29. Gorgeous skirt, Tam! And I never would have known you were 5'2 if you hadn't pointed it out - you look like you have really long legs, actually! :) Fab job! I wanted to tell you that I forgot to send you the link for the project I made with that newsprint Moda fabric I bought from you! Here's the link: http://pursuitofscrappyness.blogspot.com/2010/10/pile-o-crap-turned-necklace-organizer.html It's not a lampshade like I had originally planned - I decided to go another direction and I love the end result! Thanks for the great deal on this gorgeous fabric!

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  30. love love love this!!! thank you so much for posting the tutorial!

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  31. Oh! I just love this. I bet it would be great as a pencil skirt too. Kind of sexy secretary meets pretty skirt look. I may have to make one of these myself.

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  32. This is darling! I'm bookmarking this NOW to make for myself! What a versatile design. Love it!

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  33. This is SO fricking awesome! I am 5' tall so I am loving this skirt, will make one for sure!

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  34. Love the skirt...if only my sewing machine didn't bite my thumb a year ago, I might be more brave to make it.

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  35. Great JOB!!! I love it especially in the grey color. I might have to make myself one, when I have some free time in between sewing for clients.

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  36. Wow! I agree with you, I could not wear that shorter one, but this is awesome. I love the ruffle and I love the color you chose.

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  37. I love this skirt! It is sooo much better than the original

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  38. I am so in love with this skirt!! Thanks for posting about it! We should all schedule a date and wear them at the same time!! :)

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  39. This is adorable and so are your shoes! Someday I will learn to sew well enough to make me one. ;)

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  40. This is soooo cute!!! I am not a seamstress but I would love to give this a try. Patterns usually just confuse me but you did a pretty good job of describing...I think I can...I think I can...

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  41. Tam!!!
    So proud of you...this is the 2nd time I've been to other sites that have referenced to your site!!!! Keep going, and by the way, your legs look awesome!

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  42. Newest follower!! Love this skirt-can't wait to make my own!

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  43. This is fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing and it looks great on ya!

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  44. I really want to make this skirt - it is a lot cuter than the original! My measurements are different than yours & I'm trying to calculate my own, but I'm confused on your measurements to cut the 3 skirt pieces...can you re-explain the calculations please??

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  45. Just this last weekend, my husband and I decided to do some wardrobe shopping for ourselves. I am not sure why I thought this time would be any different from any other time, but I was sure I would find some great things. Well, I didn't. It was either too short, too loose, too whatever.....and I said to him, "I am determined to learn how to sew my own clothes!"

    Then this skirt tutorial comes along! :)

    I am saving it and doing it SOON! (Now if only I lived near a fabric store!)

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  46. So cute! I think my girls and I each need one of these - love it!

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  47. Claire-
    Shoot me an email with your measurements and I can help you out!

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  48. That is so cute! I love the extra length. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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  49. thanks, what a great tutorial - I adore your skirt!

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  50. I have a question, since I really am excited to make this skirt! Your ruffle is 44" long. What numbers did you use to calculate to get 44"? I am using bigger numbers than yours, so I am wondering how long to make the ruffles. I am tempted to stay up and start cutting it out--but then my girlie probably wouldn't get to school in time....Thanks!

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  51. Jennifer-
    Generally, a ruffle or gathered piece is double the measurement of what you are attaching it to, so I should have cut strips about 52" (26 bottom of skirt x 2). However, since the width of the fabric is 44", I just went with ease and did that. If you want your ruffles more full and gathered, you will need to lengthen your strips. Good luck!

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  52. I just wanted to tell you that I made this skirt last week and seriously it's the cutest thing EVER!!!!!!!! Lucky for me you and I are like the EXACT same size, so I just made it to your dimensions. I made it with a Navy blue fabric. It sewed up pretty quick and easy. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I meant to take a picture of me in it yesterday, but then forgot.

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  53. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I just went ahead and tried it. I love the result! http://kindershoponline.blogspot.com/2010/12/ruffle-skirt.html

    Happy Holidays.

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  54. What a cute skirt!!! Love it!!! Very nice blog!!!

    newest follower, Rita :)

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  55. GREAT skirt! I just started following you! I would love to link up some time! Kristy at www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com my crafty healty creative blog

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  56. I've now made five of these skirts (for my five teen/ya daughters) and they've turned out great! Thanks for the tutorial. I was also glad to learn about upholstery thread. I'm not a confident seamstress, but these were a success.

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  57. Wow I'm not a seamstress...I've only ever sewed hems on curtains but I would lovveee to try this in a month or two once I can get to a fabric store! I'm quite nervous though bout the measurements (I'm tall 5'8 lol) and also a little confused about how you sewed on the waistband but I'm willing to give it a shot!

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  58. I just made 2!! I love it thanks for the tutorial!!

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  59. I think your skirt is so much cuter! I will be making a skirt like this for myself soon!

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  60. Yes you DID make one yourself, and it IS sew dang cute (couldn't resist!). I like your longer version better, by the way.

    I would be thrilled if you would link this up at my very first Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL...going on right now (250 + links and growing...can you tell I'm excited??! : ))

    http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/01/feature-friday-free-for-all-1.html
    P.S. I'm your newest follower. : )

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

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  61. Your skirt is SOOO much cuter than that short one, I cannot wait to try this; thank you so much!

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  62. I am IN LOVE with this skirt! I just sat down to figure out my cutting measurements but I am having a tough time.....I am ashamed to admit that since I am usually really good at that :( Anyway, I am going to try and send you an email....if you have some time could you help me a little? I'd really appreciate it!!
    Thanks!
    Shannon

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  63. Love this!!! Thanks for sharing!! I didn't see where you added the tulle...maybe I overlooked it? Did you just sew it to the ruffle at the bottom?

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    1. Please refer step 6. "6. Press fabric ruffle strips WST lengthwise. Lay strip of tulle on top of one of the ruffle pieces and a piece of upholstery thread just along the raw edges. Sew a zig-zag stitch over the upholstery thread."

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  64. This is a fabulous tutorial and the skirt looks just amazing on you! Better than the original inspiration, in my opinion!

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  65. Tam - I love this skirt and just had to include it today as part of my Skirt Week Series. Great job as always!

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  66. I'm not sure where to find "cargo/khaki" fabric, any tips?

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  67. I was looking for something just like this! I'm so making this after I move! Thank you!

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  68. Beautiful! I have some homemade blue jean skirts that I made from two pairs of jeans... I would love to shorten the skirt and add denim ruffles like this. Any suggestions? Thanks and I love your blog!

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  69. Tam, I just finished my skirt in black! I love it! It's my first creation, so it took me a while to get it done, including some mistakes and redos. I can't wait to make more!!! Thank you!

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  70. I don't have cargo/khaki material, but I do have some spring suiting in a nice gray. Would that work just as well do you think?

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  71. You are talented!! So cute, thanks for sharing!!

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  72. Thanks so much! Your tutorial is excellent. I just completed a skirt using these steps in a patterned corduroy. It is great, thanks so much!!!

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