I had seen one-hour skirt tutorials on the internet, and I thought that would be a good project for this piece of fabric. I love the flowers, but it was the end of the bolt, and there wasn't enough for the straight or bias-cut skirt patterns I have.
I simply took the fabric, which was about twice as long as my waist, folded it with the ends together, so the selvage was at the top and bottom, and sewed a seam.
I added a machine-stitched hem and elastic casing at the top, strung the elastic through, and tried it on. Deciding it was about 8 inches too long, I cut off six inches and then re-hemmed it using up two-inches in the hem. I decided to just go ahead and machine hem it.
No pins needed except while working with the elastic, just a good iron. Press in the hem or casing and head for the machine.
So why two hours? Well...the thread got caught in the tension thingie on my machine once, and the bobbin thread broke once, and my old eyes couldn't see what size the needle was (I'm going to buy the color-coded ones from now on!) and then I was all done and had to cut off and re-hem the bottom.
And that extra piece? I am going to use it for a ruffle for a skirt or dress for my grand-daughter! It's already hemmed; I just have to gather it and sew it on!
Does the skirt make me look fat? No, I already am. I actually got tons of compliments on it!