When you layer, stitch, cut, and wash rayon fabric and mix colors, weaves, and prints to create unusual colorations, you need a coordinating piece of clothing that will enhance and blend with your finished new texture. If you use one of the layers from your chenille stack for a matching skirt you will have an elegant ensemble! This skirt is not only fast and simple to make, it moves beautifully after it is texturized because you use the same soft rayon that you used in your chenille!
This size will fit MOST. Please adjust the width of the top panels for smaller or larger sizes and the length of the bottom panels for the desired finished length.
Top layer: Cut two panels 33 inches wide and 26 inches long. Sew the 26 inch panels together on each side forming a tube. Serge both seams.
Bottom layer: Cut three panels 60 inches wide and 15 inches long. Seam the three panels together forming a tube and serge the seams.
Run a row of gathering stitches on one edge of the bottom tube and gather up the stitches until the bottom layer fits the bottom of the top tube. Pin in place and stitch in a ½ inch seam and serge.
Serge the remaining raw edge of the bottom layer and turn up ½ inch for hem. Stitch hem in place by machine.
Serge the raw edge of the top tube and press toward the inside of the skirt 1 ¼ inch. Stitch in place close to surged edged leaving 2 inches open for elastic. Measure non roll elastic 2 inches shorter than waist measurement and insert into casing. Secure ends of elastic by overlapping and stitching securely. Stitch the final two inches of the casing in place.
To texturize skirt: Get skirt completely wet in cold water and wring out excess water. Note: you may run skirt through short cycle in washer with cold water and spin cycle. Cut off one leg of and old pair of panty hose as close to the top as possible. Accordian pleat the waistband of your skirt in about two inch pleats and keep it as flat and even on top as possible. With the other hand take the panty hose leg and place the toe of the stocking over the pleated end of the skirt and pull the stocking down over the skirt until it is completely encased in the stocking leg. Tie the end of the stocking in a knot and find a place to hand the stocking to dry for about two days. You can take the skirt out of the stocking before it is completely dry (but ALMOST dry!) and let it finish drying on a skirt hanger.
Try this soft skirt look with your next chenille jacket or vest! You’ll love the result!