The 5-Minute Skirt / Halter


photos by True

Wow, it's been an exciting week while I've been away!  While D's been driving me up & down the California Coast, to our old stomping grounds in West Hollywood to my new love, Santa Barbara (oh, the mountains!  the white adobe + wood beams + tile roofs! the ocean!! and of course, the menu at Sojourner...), some of y'all have been having a crafta-linka-thon with our little tutorials!  It's very gratifying, thank you, to be a part of the reciprocal crafting community.  We use so many of your ideas, it's nice to know you like ours, too.


So as a thank you to Fancy Handy (Italian!), The Long Thread, One Crafty Place, The Crafty Crow, Craft Gossip, & some Netvibes, Digg + Stumble angels for sharing the UO love, here's my most-used-very-unpattern: A Halter & A Skirt You Can Make in 5 Minutes.


I have no less than 28 of these.  Yes, 28 shirts /skirts at my beck & call.  They use very little fabric & can be made for free-$20 max if you use something fancy like Japanese linen.  I have several extra-long ones made of raw dupioni silk in crazy colors like Emperor Red & Peacock for special occasions when I need to pretend I'm dressing up but really don't want to.  (Which is every time I need to dress up)  


It will fit in a very loose/comfy way & have a bit of built-in bias from the wonky instructions, hopefully making you feel barefoot & on vacation.


The 5-Minute Skirt / Halter


Set Up:



A Perfect-Fit A-Line Skirt

Enough fabric to wrap around you 2 times

Cording or Elastic to wrap around your bust 3 times

Sewing Machine

Sewing Shears

Seam Threader or Safety Pin






-Take your fabric & lay it out with the selvedge towards you.  Fold the top of the fabric down, so that top length of the selvedge is directly on top of the bottom length.  


-Line up the hem of your own skirt with the selvedge. 


-Leaving a width of 2 fingers around the outside for a seam allowance, cut along the sides of your skirt.  When you get to the top, cut your fabric 4 finger-widths away from your skirt-top.


Sides & No Hem!


-Starting from the bottom, sew up each side of the skirt, about 1 finger-width in.




-With the wrong-side out, fold the top down about an inch.  Fold over once more.  I use a bone folder or a spoon (a little backstage trick for last-minute alterations) to crease instead of an iron.  


-Find the middle of the skirt front, & moving over 1 finger length, sew a straight stitch along the bottom of that fold, backstitch to start.  Leave a 2-finger-width opening & backstitch to finish. 

- Thread your cording or elastic onto your threader or safety pin.  Insert into the front, pull through casing & back out the other end. Make the ends even.  





-Put on your skirt.  Tie or leave.


-As a halter, just tie behind your neck.  You can also tie a bow in the front, but if you do this, remember to know it, or it will come undone while you wear it.






And to sweet Noddyboom, who gave us the lovely blog award, which she received from akazukin.  From Japan to SF, with instructions to spread the love.  Pretty cool.


I'd like to pass it on to these lovely blogs, which I love to look at & make me think:


Marvelous Kiddo

The Toby Show

The Little Travelers

read aloud

the peace of wild things



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please forward this award along, if you'd like, to those you admire, and spread a little sunshine.