Monday, February 22, 2010


Skirt Tutorial time!!

Alright, I can now upload pictures!!! Here it is, if you have any questions leave a comment with your email addy and I will help. This is for a reversible skirt but I will post where you can skip if you want a single layer.

First I always draw what I am hoping to achieve and figure out the math. I was a bit off on this so it's not a true circle skirt. I need a giant protractor. LOL. I made each panel 3.5 widening to 5.5 (includes 1/4 inch for seams) and 12.5 inches long. and the waist 40 x 2.5 again including the 1/4 inch seam allowance. Click pictures for larger.

Make a template. I use white tissue for this or fliers if I have them around. Cut out 13 panels, more if you want a fuller skirt.

Sew each panel together right side facing right

Until it looks like this
then iron iron iron.
See how much nicer it looks?
I like either finishing the seams with a zigzag or a straight stitch like this. Gives it a nice french seam look, although it isn't a true one.

Now if you are making a single layer skip down to adding the waist band.
if you want reversible do all of the above steps with the lining fabric until you have this...
Then pin the 2 skirts together right sides facing
Sew them together using a 1/4 inch turn right side out.
top stitch
If you are doing a single layer turn up your hem and stitch too. :)
Now for the waist. Take your strip of 40 X 2.5 and sew the short ends together so you have a tube.

In one side to the top of your skirt. At this point you can make adjustments to make sure the tube is the same length as around the top of the skirt. I often have to shorten by 1/2 an inch for miscalculations. LOL
Sew all 3 layers together, go back over with a zigzag.
This is how it will look when you are done
To finish it and make a channel for the elastic fold it 1.4 in
then again so it lines up with the row of straight stitches you did.
Pin pin pin
Sew all the way around leaving an inch or so to feed an elastic through. Sew the elastic together and then close the seam.

Then Twirl!!

Please leave a comment telling me what you thought :)



Skooks said...

Very cute! What little girl doesn't like a twirly skirt?

The Yorgason's said...

That is so cute! I want one! Great job

Denise said...

VERY cute!! I'm your newest follower, hopping over from Tip Tuesday:)