Here’s my completed project for the Made Up Initiative: a handkerchief-hem skirt! It’s made of supercomfy black cotton gauze with two rows of elastic for the waistband. I was originally planning to make just a big square, but that ended up limp and uninteresting. So I rounded it off to a big circle skirt. Then, uh, that was still kinda limp and uninteresting! So I added six pick-ups and topped them with little purple ribbon bows. (That is, I pinched up some fabric from lower down on the skirt and tacked it to higher spots. These are sewn down, which makes me a little nervous about whether they might get ripped out if I accidentally step on the hem . . . we shall see, I suppose!)
And check out the cute hem!
Overall, the skirt is light and airy (despite being pitch black and therefore difficult to photograph), very comfortable on a hot day. Crinkle gauze is kind of a pain to work with since you can’t press it flat and therefore it’s impossible to get it very precise (or so I’ve found, at any rate). The key, I suppose, is making something like this–loose fitting with a deliberately uneven hem.