April 7, 2015
1 yd ponte or interlock knit of your choice ( I used a metallic leopard print ponte)
1 yd pattern paper
Step 1: Once you gather all your supplies the first thing you need to do is create a skirt sloper from your own measurements. Get out the tape measure and measure the following:
waist (place the tape measure around the width of the smallest part of your waist) ex. 29″
-You will divide your waist size by four. ex. 29″ divided by 4 = 7.25″ This is the measurement your will plot on your pattern
hip (measure around the widest part of your hips) ex. 40″
-Also divide your hip by four. ex. 40″ divided by four = 10″
waist to hip (measure the length between your your waist and hip) ex. 9″
waist to knee (measure the length between your waist and knee) ex. 22″
See below how to plot your measurements on the pattern paper… (the 1/2″ mark is to add a slight curve to the waist, all you need to do is measure 1/2″ above waist measurement and draw slight curved to line to connect two points.
Measure down 3.5″ from top of each side of waist and draw a curved line to connect each side and cut along line. This will create your waistband for the skirt. (see pic above)
Place straight line of pattern on center fold of fabric. If the fabric is a two way stretch like the one I picked make sure the fabric stretches in the right direction, you will want it to stretch across your hip width. Just give the fabric a quick tug and you can tell which way it stretches, which is usually from selvedge to selvedge. Only fold fabric over enough to cover pattern to make sure you have room to cut out the back of skirt too. Step 4:
Repeat step 3 and now you have the back of your skirt.
Place the straight edge of your waistband pattern on center fold. (make sure you fold the fabric so it is stretching across the width of the waistband. Trace around patttern on top and side, then flip open to other side and trace again.
This is the shape your waistband will look like after your cut it out on the fold. Take this piece and trace it on another folded piece of your fabric to make back of waistband.
To make is easy to understand here is what your two waistband pieces look like after you cut them and open them up.
Pin the front and back skirt panels to each other right sides facing. Also, pin waistband pieces to each other right sides facing and stitch closed along each side where you pinned them together.
You can use the triple stretch straight stitch (see pic) to sew the sides up or you can use your zig zag stitch if your machine does not have this stitch.
Sew along your seam with a zig zag stitch to finish seams and trim off excess seam allowance on all sewn edges.
Now that your side seams are all nicely finished fold your waistband over wrong sides touching each other.
Place waistband inside waist of skirt with all raw edges up. Pin in place and stitch.
This is what it should look like inside skirt after you sew in waistband. Finish seams with zig-zag stitch and trim excess seam allowance.
You are almost done! Just need to hem the bottom of skirt. Fold under egde twice and stitch down.
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