Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics
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zipper in the back, with a waistline facing and custom pockets. Stuff You Need Vintage tablecloth about 50” wide, or 1½ yards of fabric with a border print 1 spool of matching or contrasting thread 1 matching 7”–9” skirt zipper Iron-on interfacing (optional) 2 decorative buttons (optional) Basting glue or tape (optional) ½”-wide clear tape (optional) What You’ll Do Draft the pattern Cut out the skirt Put in the zipper Pockets with buttons Straight seams Waistline facing
in the way you will normally wash it when it becomes a skirt. Although it might be tempting to skip this preparation stage, don’t! You will be making the skirt to fit, and you surely don’t want it to shrink the first time you wash it. How Much Fabric to Buy How much fabric you need to buy depends on you and the skirt you want to make. Although we make recommendations for each skirt, your design choices can change what you need. How long do you want the skirt? How tall are you? How much
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depending on the kind of waistline you want. Add 2” for an elastic waistline; add ½” for a fitted waistline Straight Skirt, Fitted Waist Draw directly on the fabric or on a large sheet of paper (for instance, the back of wrapping paper) to make a pattern. Along the fold: 1. Near the top, mark a spot for the waistline. 2. Mark ½”–1” above the first mark (to plot the waistline curve). 3. Mark the distance from waist to hip (measurement C). 4. Mark the desired length (measurement D).
or two, you’ll gain confidence. If you already know the basics, jump on ahead and find a skirt you want to make. Refer back to this chapter as needed if you’re not sure about some of the techniques. Stitch Jargon WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT SEWING MACHINES out there, we can’t tell you how to operate yours. Your sewing-machine manual and an experienced friend or family member can get you started. The rest is just practice. Most machines have the same basic settings that can be changed by