Thursday, 29 May 2014

TUTORIAL: The Bright and Breezy Skirt (Part 1)

As promised, here is PART 1 of a tutorial for the latest skirt I have made, now named 'The Bright and Breezy Skirt'.

Part 1 will help you get your fabric cut and prepared for sewing.  Part 2 (the sewing directions) will follow tomorrow.

You will need:

- Lightweight fabric, such as seersucker
- Buttonhole elastic
- 2 buttons
- Lightweight interfacing

Cutting your fabric

You will cut 10 rectangular pieces all together:
- 2 x skirt pieces (1 front and 1 back)
- 4 x ribbon ties
- 2 x waistband pieces (1 front and 1 back)
- 2 x waistband facings (1 front and 1 back)

For the skirts cut two rectangles with the width of each being double the waist measurement (mine were 44", double the waist measurement of 22"). The length measurement should be your desired length plus a minimum 1 1/4" (I wanted a 12" skirt so cut each piece 13 1/4" long).

For the front waistband and front facing cut two rectangles with a depth of 2". The width should be [(waist measurement ÷2)+3/4"]. My calculation was [(22/2)+3/4"]=11 3/4".

For the back waistband and facing cut two rectangles that are 2 1/2" longer than the front waistbands (still 2" deep). Mine were 14 1/4" wide.

The ribbon ties should also be 2" deep. You can decide the length,  but I recommend at least 2 1/2 inches longer than the front waistband. If you want it to tie to one side, make the opposite tie longer.

*You may want to cut your waistband and ribbon ties on the bias or turn the fabric 90 degrees to get a contrasting pattern direction*

Cut the elastic at least as long as your front waistband... this is not an exact science as we're using buttonhole elastic for an adjustable waistband.

Cut a piece of iron-on interfacing slightly shorter and narrower than the frobt waistband piece, and attatch centrally to the wrong side of the front waistband piece.

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