DIY Wrap Skirt
I came across this gorgeous mint-animal-jacquard fabric a few days ago and though it would be fabulous for a Kimono inspired jacket. Only me that is crazy about Kimono jackets right now? To my disappointment there was only 1/2 yard of fabric left, leaving me with rather restricted options what to make. With the Kimono idea down the drain, I remembered a DIY Wrap skirt by the gorgeous Geneva from A Pair and A Spare (Geneva is the DIY master with tons of genius ideas and a fellow Hong Kong blogger), and thought I would try it out as it requires little fabric. I followed the same steps as Geneva with the exception of using an invisible hem stitch, which is really useful for anyone changing lengths of skirts and pants on a frequent basis.
- Fabric & Thread
- Press buttons – I used 2
- Sewing Machine
1. Fabric Selection: As mentioned above, I only bought a 1/2 yard fabric with 56″ cuttable width and this was more then enough for me. When buying the fabric, you need consider how long you want the skirt to be as well as ensure that you can wrap the fabric around you to get the overlapped wrap effect.
2. Test Wrap: The skirt will be made out of one continues piece of fabric and you start by wrapping the fabric around yourself (or manikin if you have one) to figure out how much fabric you need to create a look like below picture. Having a manikin in your own size makes sewing life much much easier as it’s fast to adjust, pin and see the result. Tips; if you don’t use the manikin for any project, you can dress it up with some of your favourite accessories and fashion pieces! Mine is always dressed up in gorgeous dresses!
3. Overlock the Edges – This is optional dependent on what kind of fabric you have. However, as most fabric fray during washing, I recommend to use some kind of covering stitch over the raw edges. If you don’t have a overlock machine, a tight zig zag will do just fine.
4. Invisible Hemming – First, the invisible hem seam requires you to have sewing machine with this stitch function as well as a invisible hem press foot as below picture. Start to fold about 1 – 2 cm of all the four sides of the fabric and iron. Continue as the second picture below and make a fold from the opposite direction of the first fold and iron + pin. Use the invisible stitch stitch (my singer machine has two options; # 5 for non-stretch fabrics and # 6 for stretch fabrics). Change the press foot to the ones used for invisible hemming and start sewing by placing the to blade along the upper fold (for more details, check out this awesome sewing tutorial from Coletterie). The little extra time it takes to do this instead of a normal stitch is absolutely worth it as the garment will look more professional ( I got a lot of compliments for a jacket using same hemming technique!). If you don’t want to proceed with this step, just do a double fold of the fabric, iron and sew with a straight stitch.
5. Add the Press-Buttons: Choose good quality press buttons (this is the only thing that will the hold the design of the skirt together so of not running the chance of the skirt falling apart, put a few extra cents in and choose a good quality version). Fit the skirt again and mark the placements of the press-buttons and sew-on by hand.
6. Add Darts – Depending how much the skirt is gapping at the back , add two darts to make it more fitted to your body. The darts should be exactly mirrored, with the same measurements.
- Home Made: Wrap Skirt (smileandwave.typepad.com)