Hot! The Superfast “Out to Sea” Skirt | Adey Lim

The Facts

Fabric: 1 metre blue fabric from stash and red/ white stripe remnant fabrics
Pattern: None
Notions: Blue, red and white fabric paints and brushes $10, elastic for waist
Time to complete: 1.5  hours to sew, 5 hours to paint including drying & reapplying second layer of paint
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Yes

Total Cost: ~$10

It was one of those rare weeks where I had less than a day to sew (and paint for this week's challenge) as the kiddos and dear hubby were home for the long weekends and public holidays. With family time high on my priority list,  I had to resort to the most basic of skirts.

One metre of bright blue fabric was cut into two equal rectangles with right sides stitched back to back. The selvage at the bottom meant no hemming was required. The selvage of a red and white stripe fabric was cut with its "fray-able" side double pressed and stitched to the blue fabric. Thick elastic was then inserted into the stitched waistband of the skirt forming natural gathers. The sewing was completed in no time. 

I had to handpaint one side of the skirt and let it dry before painting the other side and took the opportunity to paint images across the seam line. A seam to seam matching border print never looked this easy to accomplish.  These photos were taken while I waited for layer one to dry. After applying the second layer and letting the paint dry, the colors are sealed with hot iron for 1 to 2 minutes. 


The dotted waves joins nautical artifacts to create a border hand-painted design which was easy enough to be drawn freehand. 
IMG_3020I actually loved the idea that the border looked hand-painted. It makes it all the more unique. I added the red and white fabric to the bottom of the skirt as I felt it brought out the hand painted colors and made the skirt even more interesting.

My hubby was telling me that the teachers at my kiddos' school were all looking at my skirt that morning. I hope they liked what they saw as I will definitely be wearing this casual skirt lots! 



Adey Sew Convert

A former kids' television channel manager turned stay home mum from Singapore, I hated sewing since I attended my first home economic class at the age of 14. In 2007, something miraculous happened when God blessed me with a second pregnancy. I discovered that I was expecting a baby girl. That changed everything. First I went crazy shopping for handmade clothes for her on etsy. Then I decided I needed to make something for her on my own. I was a month from my due date when I took an intensive 8-hour sewing class. In Dec 2008, I made a dress for my princess before she was born and have not stopped sewing since.


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  1. Well how cute. excellent job painting.. Love it. I bet the teachers were wanting one ,just like it.ha. Happy Sewing

  2. I love the idea of making your own border print! What a sweet skirt!

  3. That’s gorgeous! I’ve never seen textile paint being used this cleverly before.

  4. LOVE it Adey! It looks fabulous! The colours are really fantastic and I can’t believe you did that freehand! Love the trim around the bottom as well–it really makes the colours pop!

  5. Great design. I am inspired. It is so cute!

  6. Very cute skirt – I am sure the teachers are all wondering where they can get one!

  7. Ha! not only is she a total whizz on the sewing machine she can paint too. *walks off throwing her arms in the air shouting- I give up*

  8. What a fun skirt. And it showcases your talents at more then just sewing!

  9. That is one cute skirt! Well done, Adey!

  10. SO CUTE! i was staring at the skirt in the first shot, trying to figure out where you would have gotten fabric like that ;-) hahaha

  11. This is a lovely skirt. There is a strong sense of zest and fun! I can’t wait to have a go myself:-)[

  12. Maybe they were LOL. Glad you like the skirt!

  13. Thanks Melissa, I am really into the idea of fabric painting. It's so gratifying and the projects get so unique!