Tutorial: DIY Striped Skirt from Lindsay at Southern Lovely

Hooray, it’s Thurday!  Today Lindsay from Southern Lovely is our guest!  Southern Lovely is a, well, lovely blog!  Lindsay possesses a wealth of talent and hosts a really great linky party on Monday’s called Show and Share.  Many of you probably already link up, but if you don’t, please add it to your linky party list!  She has a loyal following, and well-deserved, might I add.  Please welcome Lindsay today!
Hello friends of Jenny’s lovely blog!  I am very happy to be sharing here today!

My name is Lindsay, and I am the blog author over at Southern Lovely.  It’s my outlet & my creative space.  Over at my place you will find a variety of projects–sewing, painting, stenciling, I like it all. :)  I’m also the mother of three children who make my life so sweet, and oh-so busy.  :)

Today I am going to share my version of a striped skirt.

A few months ago I purchased a knit skirt from H & M.  It was very inexpensive, I absolutely love the way it fits and the bold stripes.  I would have bought it in every color–but it only came in two.

You can see where I am going with this…I decided to make my own. :)

The original skirt has navy and tan stripes.

For this one, I decided to go with deep purple and white.

**In order to get the correct measurements for yourself,
you will need to use your own personal skirt as your guide.
 You will only need 1/2 yard of a stretchy knit material in each color to make this skirt.
I also used a 3-inch elastic band.
 I measured the width of the stripe on my H&M skirt, to give me an idea of how much fabric to cut.  Those stripes were two inches wide.  In order to get that size once sewn, I knew I had to cut 3 inch wide strips–1/2 inch seam allowance on top & bottom.
I also measured my waist, then added an extra inch and cut the elastic band.

You will need to fold you fabric in half, so it is doubled up.
Then cut 3 inch strips.  Don’t worry about the length of them yet.

Now that all of my strips were cut, it was time to figure out how long I needed them to be.  I used the original skirt as my guide.

 I gave an inch seam allowance on each strip, to account for stitching them together.

It’s very convenient to have the skirt below your fabric as a guide while cutting.

Now it’s time to create the stripes.  
You know the drill–right sides together and stitch a straight line.

Line your pressure foot up with the edge of your fabric to get the correct spacing
(as shown above). 

 It should look similar to the picture below when turned inside out.
 Get your iron warmed up and press your seams open
 With your elastic band–place right sides together and use a zigzag stitch.
Once that is sewn together, turn right side out & pin to the top of your skirt.
I stitched two lines, to make it more secure–and I liked the way it looked.

To hem the bottom, I turned it under 1/2 inch and stitched.

Iron out all your seams for a crisp look.

And now you have a pretty little striped skirt!

Total cost: $5.  Can’t beat that price. :)

Anyone planning on making something fun and bold for Spring??

I must admit, I have fallen victim to the colored jean fad. :)

Thanks for having me here today!

I enjoy meeting new friends, so feel free to stop by anytime!
Thank you so much, Lindsay!  You never fail to impress me with your creativity.  We’ve enjoyed having you today!

Please go by Lindsay’s blog, say hello, and check out the adorable petal shirt she posted on Monday!  So sweet!


  1. Lindsay says:

    I am so happy to be here Thanks again Jenny for the wonderful opportunity!

  2. Katherine says:

    Very cute! Great job!

  3. Caroline says:

    SUCH a great tutorial. Love this.

  4. Another BEAUTIFUL piece of art from Lindsay! Love it!!! Xo, Aimee

  5. Amberkellie says:

    where did you get the yellow sweater?! my wedding colors are exactly what your wearing i’ve been looking for something just like this to make!

  6. Amberkellie says:

    where did you get the yellow sweater?! my wedding colors are exactly what your wearing i’ve been looking for something just like this to make!

  7. Georgia says:

    Very nice! I have to ask, though, why a straight stitch? Did you not use stretchy fabric? I’d think your seams would pop every time you moved unless you used a zigzag or stretch stitch to sew your stripes together.

    • Jenny Yarbrough says:

      That’s a great question! I’m not sure why she chose a straight stitch there. I’m sure you could use a zig zag or straight stitch just as easily if you’re worried about puckering. :) Thanks for the comment!

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