I'm Trisha, 31 years old from Germany. I love to sew cute things with a punkrock attitude. Vegan. Feminist. Socially akward. I love my pet rats. Oh, and I am also a Zombie ... Guarr Argh Guh!
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How-To: Sew a “Have You Seen My Eyeball?”Skirt

Remember the skirt I made for anti.mensch for the zombie swap? Well, I documented the whole process and I will share it with you in this weeks DIY Friday. Awesome? Awesome! (especially with Halloween coming up ;))

This skirt is super easy. Really good for beginners since it is made only from 4 pieces and no zipper, no darts. But let’s not get ahead of ourselfs. First here is what we need:

*cotton fabric
*elastic band
*bias tape
*embroidery floss
*sewing machine, thread, needle etc

This is the basic pattern. Don’t forget to add seam allowance and DON’T FORGET to add about 10-15 cm to your total hip measurement since we’ll use elastics in the waistband and no other closure and you  want to be able to get into the skirt after all ;D Choose your length of the skirt after your liking, but keep in mind, that this pattern is for a short skirt (I made mine about 40 cm in length)

Measure yourself and copy the pattern with your individual measurements (DON’T FORGET to add about 10-15 cm to your total hip measurement) on a piece of paper (use tracing paper is you’re fancy or if you’re more the trash-queen eco friendly girl like me, just use old newspaper). We need 4 pieces (hence the hip measurement divided by 4 , d’uh), so trace the pattern 4x to your fabric and cut out.

(sorry for the bad picture. blame the bad bad sun ;) )

Sew all the pieces together and serge the raw edges.

Fold over the waistband part and iron where you folded it. The Elastic is getting under this fold (in the back of your skirt)

Sew the elastic band at one end to the inside of the waistband you just folded over (so the stitching won’t show from the outside of your skirt). Then stretch it to its maximum length (try out how long of a band you need. it should cover about 30-35% of your whole hip measurement when stretched to the max) and sew the other end to the waistband, too.

Now “finish” the waistband by sewing just above and below the elastic band. Make sure not to sew on the elastic band. It may be a huge pain in the behind to do so, but just hold it tight and stretched out while sewing and you’ll manage :)

Now finish the hem by sewing bias tape to it (or just fold it over and sew with a straight stitch)

That’s about it, you should have a skirt now! Tadaa :D Now let’s make it even more pretty. Get out your felt out and download and print the PDF Pattern

Trace the pattern and cut out from felt.

Sew the eyeball together by hand

Now stitch on the the veins (I used regular sewing thread)…

… and sew the finished eyeball to the skirt.

Now we need red embroidery floss

Stitch on the optic nerve and maybe some blood or whatever you like to make it more creepy :)

That’s it! Perfect for Halloween, or just everyday.

I hope you liked my tutorial. Let me know if there is anything you don’t understand.

Liebe Grüße, TrishArgh


Comment from Alexandra Mason
Time October 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Fantastic detailed tutorial…love the skirt. Have a great weekend xx

Comment from anti.mensch
Time October 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm

*yay* sehr cool….;)ich liebe diesen rock und wäre er nicht in der wäsche gewesen hätte das auge auch asp gesehen*damn*
ladies…sew this skirt…it is perfect!^^

Comment from Mella
Time October 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm

that’s really awesome!! thanks! the skirt sounds quick and easy YAY

Comment from Claire
Time October 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm

looks fabulous!! Like the felt eyeball idea! i might make a few of those to contribute to halloween decor :)

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Comment from TKindchen
Time February 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm

MUSS ich unbedingt nachmachen! Danke dafür :)

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