Hot! The “Alice the Camel (Color)” Skirt

The Facts
Fabric: Camel knit from Jo-Anns $5
Pattern: Self drafted from tutorial found on Pinterest
Year: 2012
Notions: Elastic from stash
Time to complete: 1 hour but I need to fix it (2 eps of The Daily Show)
First worn: To walk around Greenfield Village
Wear again? Oh yes!
Total price: ~$5

It is only recently that have I embraced brown as a color in my wardrobe. I’m not usually into shades of brown. But I am awfully fond of these brown Oxfords I bought at Target (probably a year ago) and I wanted to make more things to go with them.

I chose to do a skirt because I have a running tally of all the garments I’ve made for the Sew Weekly challenges and skirts are under represented at the moment. I chose this knit because genuine camel mohair was just too darn expensive! Plus, jersey! Hello, easy to fit!

I used my hip measurement, instead of my waist as suggested in the tutorial, because I didn’t want it to be super skin-tight. I tapered a little for the waist so it wouldn’t be super bunchy. It’s a tad loose so I will take it in a bit more later. I also encased the elastic waistband because I didn’t have any that would match nicely. …So I guess this was a really loose following of the tutorial… But the good news is, I finally remembered to use my stretch stitch settings instead of remembering when I’m almost finished, like I usually do.

Anyway, the tutorial says it took her 15 minutes “including a short chocolate break” so I figured I’d actually time myself. Because if anyone can have a suggested completion time and instead take, it’s me! So I thought an hour was pretty good actually. But then I realized I cut the elastic too long and should take it in a few inches. I also realized after looking at the pics that didn’t iron out the crease in the front. C’est la vie.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Really cute..Like your shoes too.

  2. Great piece to combined with many tops. Lovely!

    • Thanks, Barbara. It’s hard to get *super* excited about a basic piece but it pairs with a few “closet orphans” I’ve had trouble wearing.

  3. Cute skirt! And I also really like the title of the post! :-)

    • Thanks, Juli! I wasn’t sure if anyone else had ever sung that song as a kid, but it’s the only thing I can think of whenever camels are in question. :D

  4. Cute skirt – great effect for the time! I always have problems matching the brown shoes in my wardrobe too :-P

  5. Anything that accounts for a chocolate break is fabulous in my book : ) Love the shoes and yeah for adding to the wardrobe, even if it is “just” a basic. Without those we’d be naked!

  6. Great job Liz, looks great and goes with your shoes wonderfully. When you were timing yourself did you stop for the chocolate break? :)