I started out with this:
I got this from my mom. She has a lot of clothes, among which a fair few weird old things... And she likes to pass them on to the kids... Anyway, I only took this because I liked the stripes at the bottom and thought I might be able to make it into something somewhat wearable.
I decided to make a skirt from it (and use this project to test the stretch stitch of my new machine and practice inserting an elastic... hey, I'm still a beginner at this sewing stuff!).
So I measured the length I wanted, added a few centimetres for the waistband and chopped the top off.
Then I marked how much I needed for the elastic waistband, folded it over and pressed it, and tried that stretch stitch on it... It worked very nicely.
I then inserted the elastic using a safety pin (I need to get bigger ones!), tried it on for size and sewed the elastic together.
(Not perfect looking, but will hold up to wear and tear)
And here's the final result:
I have a new skirt:)