Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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How to Wear DIY: Simple gathered stripe skirt made edgy

Hope you've been enjoying the posts from my 7 Days of Holiday Party Dresses series this week! Happy Friday, and how about a How to Wear DIY post to finish off the week?

I made this brown and black striped gathered skirt last fall, and I knew it was an unconventional length. It's nice to have something longer than a flippy miniskirt, but easier to walk in than a maxi, but it's been a little tricky to wear without feeling dumpy. I've worn it to work before with something structured on top, but last weekend I wore it to the farmer's market and a date with a friend, in a little more casual/edgy way.

As I said last weekend, we picked up our last CSA box of the year. It's been so wonderful to have a big plastic tub of local, organic veggies waiting for us at the market every Saturday, all for an amazing price we paid months ago. I never thought we'd be able to afford such quality food on our budget, but I'm so glad we found our CSA this year and it was so worth it!! We're signed up for a winter CSA that starts in January, but until then I don't know what we'll do! ;) I seriously have hardly bought anything at a store all summer. We've been mostly eating CSA veggies, our cow share, our half hog, the lamb we bought, and eggs we buy from a coworker who has chickens! It's been an amazing, nutrient-dense, local food summer!

So here I am wearing the skirt picking up our last veggie box!

Surrounded by gorgeous organic, local veggies!

It's great to wear the skirt somewhere other than work!
Jacket: Ross (similar). Tee: Old Navy. Necklaces and booties: F21 (similar booties/similar).
Skirt: DIY, here!


  1. I love the mix of stripes in the skirt & the polka dots on top. Super cute!

  2. what about a waist. cinching belt A bit steampunk?

  3. This is so darn cute on you. You look marvelous girl just marvelous.

  4. I love the length of this skirt! Looks fabulous!

  5. Awesome combo! Also, I'm inspired by your veggie box, I've been considering getting one for a while so I'm going to look into it as a new year's resolution I think! The downside is, here in Edinburgh, our 'off' season lasts about 4 months instead of just one!

  6. I thought ours did, too, till I found the winter CSA! Still worth it, though, to be spoiled at least 4 months of the year! Go for it!

  7. Just a waistband of wide elastic sewn to the gathers--the easiest way to make a simple skirt!

  8. cute! love the mix prints AND the black/brown. My fav color combination :)





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