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{Bias Cut} Fabric Strip Detail for Skirts and Dresses


Sometimes I look in my closet and get a little bored.  Do you have that problem?
If so, sometimes a little pick-me-up can help with that.
Try adding a little fabric strip detail to the bottom of a skirt/dress……and you’ll love that item again.
Or make a skirt or dress from scratch…..and add this simple detail to the bottom.
It gives it a great pop.
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A few layers of bias-cut fabric strips adds great texture. 
(Fabric cut on the bias keeps it from fraying.)
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And it’s a great look for your spring wardrobe.
I actually added this fabric strip detail to a skirt that I whipped up………using my Lily Skirt pattern, found here.
(The stretchy smocking at the top is great for all waistlines…….especially my unpredictable post-baby waistline.)
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You can hide the smocking at the top, or show it off.
Either way looks great with the added fabric strips along the bottom.
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Would you like to add some fabric strips to your skirt or dress?

First, cut up some 1 inch wide fabric strips, on the bias.  (Need help with cutting on the bias? Click here.)  Cutting things on the bias keeps your fabric from fraying.  The edges will soften up a bit and will get a fuzzier look to them after washing/drying, but you won’t have long strands of the fabric coming off the strips.  **If you don’t like the raw edge, hem under each edge.
I guessed how much I needed and then got to work.  (And then had to cut more later on.)
Begin by laying your first (and bottom) strip down near the bottom of your skirt.  (I placed mine about 2.5 inches from the bottom.) Measure all the way around, making sure that it’s the same distance from the base of the skirt, all the way around.  Pin in place.  Also, you may have to sew some strips together to have one strip long enough to make it all the way around the skirt.
Sew your strip down all the way around (near the top of the strip), leaving a tail of fabric at each end.
Then lay your two ends down flat and pin the two ends together where it needs to be sewn together.
Then flip the two ends with right sides together, and sew right where you had it pinned in the previous step.
Trim off the excess fabric, lay the fabric flat, and then sew it in place.  Now you should have one complete strip along the bottom of your skirt.
Then repeat with several more strips.  I did 5 strips total.
Then, iron if desired (or leave the strips wrinkly….).
And you’re done.
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This post is sponsored by:
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Janet Rhea says:

    What method did you use for smocking your skirt? Did you hand smock or machine smock? Did you use elastic thread and shir it? Or did you use the traditional smocking method?

    Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to get started.

  2. Deanna says:

    I love this – I didn't know that by cutting on the bias it would not unravel but will only fuzz – which is the shabby chic look I love. Thank you

  3. Ashley says:

    Meg, no you don't need to sew the pieces together on an angle. Just sew the strips together along their straight ends. Bias tape is sewn together at an angle mostly because when it's being folded over multiple times, the angled seam spreads out the bulk of the seam, so that you can sew over it more easily. But since this is just a single layer and we're not folding it over (like to use for edge binding) it's not a big deal and you can just sew it on the straight end.

    hope that helps…..and great question!

  4. Rosalind says:

    lovely detail! nice work

  5. Jami says:

    I finished the Lily skirt last night! :D.. what do you think?

  6. A Scrap of Time says:

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  7. Shanna-Banana says:

    This is a great way to update a skirt you already own too!!

  8. fuzzysmom says:

    beautiful fabric, love the colors!

  9. Angela says:

    Now I know how all those unfinished ruffles stay nice

  10. Nicole says:

    Very beautiful! :)

  11. Ana @ Don't Fear the Ripper says:

    I´ve been reading your blog for quite a while now, but I don´t remember ever leaving a comment. Just wanted to tell you that I love it and love all your tutorials! I will definitely try this. Thank you!

  12. meg talbot says:

    a question for you: you mentioned that you may need to sew some of the strips together. i loved your post about how to cut the bias strips, but i'm not sure how to sew them together: do you use the diagonally cut ends (because i have a hard time sewing angles like that — doesn't make sense in my head), or do you square up the ends and sew them straight? sewing them straight, no problem. but i noticed the bias strips you buy at the fabric store are sewn on the angle and i would love for you to show us eager readers how to do that, please, please, please… :)

  13. Daffy's Dream says:

    Beautifully done. I love the print on the skirt.

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  14. Lauren Odell Usher says:

    Great design always seems to be in the details. I am imagining that skirt without the bias fabric addition and it is just not nearly as cute. Great idea and thanks for including the tutorial to boot!

  15. bethanndodd says:

    Simple and sweet…thanks :)

  16. Jessica Stoker says:

    Love it, so easy and clever.

  17. feelincrafty says:

    how funny! You know there are things you know to do, but the real reason behind doing them you might not have realized??? Well, you're comment about cutting on the bias prevents fraying was one of those moments. I know to do it, but I just realized that I didn't really know exactly why to do it that way! :) Thanks! Cute skirt!

  18. tinajo says:

    Great looking skirt! :-)

  19. Annie @ Crafty Mommy says:

    I LOVE this skirt!!! Very light weight and springy looking! Love this.

  20. Kate says:

    I love this! What a great detail… bet this would look gorgeous on a solid colored skirt too as a real focal point. Fun!

  21. Ellen says:

    Very pretty! Will the bias stips fray after you wash skirt?

  22. Emreen says:

    The skirt is so beautiful… I simply love it…

  23. tracyp says:

    Guess I won't be donating those skirts just yet!

  24. Sharon says:

    very pretty! I will have to give this a try. :)

  25. Mindy says:

    Thanks so much. Don't know how you have the time with a new little one.

  26. Betsy says:

    The more I read your blog… the more I think "I should just make all my own clothes" lol!

  27. Sailing with bare feet says:

    Love it !! It turned out great!

  28. Jami says:

    This is an adorable skirt and the detail is just so simple, but gives it a great wow factor! I love it! :D Thanks for the idea!

  29. Kitty says:

    So cute! I love to final look!

  30. Amanda says:

    So clever you are!

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