DIY Tutorial: Valentine's Day Heart Cutout Skirt

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Diy heart cutout skirt

Since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I obviously had to make this week's DIY tutorial V-Day-themed! However, in my world of forever alone, Valentine's Day is more like Single's Awareness Day. To remedy that, I always dress to the nines (you know, to show the boys what they're missing out on...), and what better way to do that than by rocking an adorable skirt?

For today's DIY, I decided to make a pleather (i.e. animal-friendly "leather") gathered skirt with heart cutouts. Read on to see how to make your own:

Materials

Materials diy vday heart skirt

  • Pleather (available at craft/fabric stores) The dimensions should be how long you want the skirt x your waist measurement + 1/2 yard
  • A medium width belt
  • Scissors

Step One

Step One DIY VDay Skirt

Fold over an inch of the pleather. Cut a teeny tiny slit that is the length of the width of the belt.

Step Two

Step Two DIY VDay Skirt

Continue doing so all the way down the pleather.

Step Three

Step 3.1 DIY Vday Skirt

Thread the belt through the slits, weaving it in and out.

Step 3.2 DIY Vday Skirt

Adjust the gathers on top strategically.

Step Four

Step 4.1 DIY VDay Skirt

The next step is to cut out hearts on the bottom of the skirt. Simply fold over the pleather a couple of inches, and cut out half the heart. (The same way we were taught in elementary school!) Continue to do this down the skirt, spacing them out however you'd like.

Step 4.2 DIY VDay Skirt

Step Five

Buckle the belt. Because the skirt width should be wider than your waist size, overlap the fabrics on top of each other to form a "seam;" the pleather should be stiff enough to hold the shape, but feel free to sew up the seam if you'd like.

Finale:

How to wear diy vday skirt

Here are three ways to wear this skirt. In all the looks, I accessorized with my DIY wire heart hoops to match the theme. (Apologies for the poor lighting in my room - I know it's a little hard to see the cutouts!)

In the outfit on the left, I wore a cold shoulder bow sweater half tucked into the skirt, and embellished shoes. The bows play up the girly silhouette of the skirt, while the studded and spiked booties pair nicely with the edgy faux leather.

I went for a unconventionally preppy vibe in the center look, and contrasted the hard leather with a lightweight collared shirt. Dark burgundy tights worn with similarly-colored wedge heels are an updated take on a traditional Valentine's Day red. To continue the preppy-meets-trendy feel, I accessorized with a menswear watch.

The last look is full on rocker. I paired the skirt with a pleather moto jacket, a pleather bustier, and combat boots. The resulting ensemble is edgy, chic, and totally badass.

Feedback please:

What's your favorite part about Valentine's Day? What do you think of this DIY/would you do this DIY? Are there any other tutorials you would like to see the tutorial for? Let me know in the comments!