Hobble Skirt?


It looks a bit like a hobble-skirt, but it isn´t….It´s just a kind of  elastic in the middle and the skirt is an overlong tube, fold up and fixed with some ribbons and buttons on the waistband. A fine project for scraps, as you can see. The ribbons can be crossed, which gives a further decoration effect.

But there is one thing, you should be aware of: The skirt must be worked in two sections and than joined. Otherwise if you fold the lower part up, you  see the the inner seam on the outside.


Simple Over-Skirt

If you have some scraps, big enough for patchwork and matching somehow, you can try a simple wrapping over-skirt like this. WP_20151008_11_54_23_Pro WP_20151008_11_54_35_Pro WP_20151008_11_54_54_Pro







I used some vintage curtain-pieces, old lace and parts of antique bed-clothing. A rubber band at the waist, a button on the inside and a braid on the front for closure- Ready. (Ok, first I had to dye it all….) It won´t take some time, but it looks nice and you can wear it over skirts, trousers, leggins or a swimsuit in summer.

You can use many kinds of fabric and lace (but it works better, if the material is non-stretchable) Just follow your own taste and possibilitys.

Sew yourself a sari-skirt

WP_20151008_10_32_02_Pro WP_20151008_10_32_17_ProI had a vintage brocade-silk-sari. One half was rotten, but the other half with the show-piece, called “pallu”, was in good condition. I wanted to save as much as possible of the precious fabric, so I made a simple wrapping-skirt  with lining .

The fabric is heavy and I have to be careful if I sit down but it´s worth the attention. You can use every kind of sari or something in that direction. But the fabric should be not to airy.

A piece like that might be fine for a Christmas-Party.



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Some long, small rags and pieces from old clothing in different colours and textures can make an asymmetrical overskirt with an included  bag on one side. I didn´t use a pattern, I took the scraps as they came and just made some small shape-corrections.


WP_20151008_11_14_39_Pro WP_20151008_11_14_50_ProA tablecloth, missing one third should go to the trash can, right?

I think, it would be a shame and a waste. I prefer to make a skirt from.

In this case, the tablecloth was antique, but you can also use modern pieces for this Project. All you need else are some long ribbons of cotton or silk and some scraps of lace for the eyelets.

Japanese Inspiration

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Two skirts I made from many different scraps and pieces. The inspiration came from antique japanese fisherman´s jackets. Some of them were so often repaired and supplemented, that the original texture and colour can´t be seen anymore. They look like a conglomeration of scraps in every shade of Indigo, embellished with sashiko embroidery. That´s REAL recycling to me! And an art of it´s own.