I love skirts. Especially for Sundays. And I love all the fun styles out there- especially the cute high waisted ones with a bow. I love the flirty look, the fun ways to dress it up, all of it. I had this image for a cute skirt and a big bow rolling around in my head for awhile and I finally made it and am now kicking myself for not doing it earlier! It was so easy and I LOVE how it turned out. Would you like one? So easy to make!
Ok so I'm not exactly sure what type of material I used, I think a linen blend of some sort. I actually found this in the remnant bin at Hobby Lobby and after seeing it is when I decided to just make it already! I bought 2ish yards. To now how much you'll need, measure your waist. Now take that number and double it. That's how much you'll need! Well, my remnant was slightly over 2 yards so I just left that extra length giving my skirt a little more poof. Adjust as needed for the poof you want. Now wash and dry it and then we're ready to rock!
Ok so the first step is to cut our main skirt piece. I cut mine basically in half- 22 inches in length.
(and I serged my piece before cutting it but would recommend cutting it and then serging your edges)
So now serge both sides of your skirt. This is not essential but will clean up your insides once your done. And if you don't have a serger- zig zag your edges.
Now cut your waist band. This is the measurement around your natural waist, where you want the band to sit. Add about 3/4 inch to this measurement since you'll be turning your edges under at the seam for the zipper. Now I wanted my waistband to be about 3 inches wide finished so I cut it 7 inches wide. So at this point- you should have this:
Main skirt piece at least double the length of your waist piece.
So we're now going to make your waistband. Fold in half and iron this crease in.
Now top stitch first at the very edge of your material on the crease. Can you see that seam? Then continue to sew seams about 2 inches apart to cover the entire band. This should help so that once you wash and wear your skirt, your waist band won't fold and twist. It should retain its shape well.
Now serge your edges (again to keep those seams clean) and this is what you should have:
Now we're going to ruffle the main skirt portion. In case you haven't ruffled before, don't be scared away at this point. Ruffling is super easy! Lengthen your stitch to the longest length possible and loosen your tension. Now sew a stitch- without backstitching! Then carefully pull one thread to gather your stitch. One tip that I've learned, when ruffling this long of a piece of material- break it up into 4 sections. Start and stop at 4 different points so that the ruffling is easier and more manageable in small secitons. You can see in the picture below the break between my ruffling seams.
Now attach your waistband to your skirt. Place your right sides together like this:
Sew from one side to the other. Now iron your seam flat.
This is also a great time to check for your ruffling stitch. If a little shows through- no worries! Just carefully unpick it.
Ok so now we sew in the invisible zipper. There is a great tutorial to follow here so I didn't take any pictures. And again- don't let this zipper scare you away! I was scared of zippers but seriously they are so easy and open up a whole new world of possibilities. Check out this tutorial and then come back.
So now that your zipper is sewn in and you've finished sewing your side or back seam, iron it open.
Almost done! Hang in there. You're doing great! All we have left is to hem your skirt. You can either double roll your hem or serge your edges and then hem under. Either way- its a nice clean finish.
And when I sew my hem, I don't worry about ironing or pinning it. I take the lazy way out but after I serge my edges, I just roll it and pull tightly as I sew it. Either way you choose to do it, finish off that hem and try it on! Your skirt is done. You did it!
Now you can leave it here or stick with me a little longer and add that bow. I made mine detached so that the skirt could be worn with or without it. Just so that there's the option to mix it up as wanted.
But if you'd like to make the bow- lets get started! Basically, you're going to cut yourself another waistband except leave it the length of the material- double plus some of your waistband measurement. Did that make sense? No. Simplified: Cut a piece of material 7 inches wide the length of the material. Sew it right sides together to make a tube. I wanted angled ends so I eyeballed the first end. Then for the second end, I laid the other end on top to use as a guide.
Now snip your corners and unpick a small hole in one end of your sash (or just plan ahead and leave a gap!). Turn it inside out and push your corners out. Now iron carefully making sure to help it lay flat and your seam is straight. Now just topstitch around the entire sash and voila! You're done!
Now just dress it up however you'd like and ta-da! You've got your own brand new, custom fit party skirt.
Now get out there and enjoy it!!
And please- if you have any questions at all about any part of this tutorial, email me! And then email me too if you make one. I'd love to see your new party skirt!!