I made a few elastic waist skirts a few years ago, but I never feel all that "me" in them like I do in fuller skirts. That's why when Skillshare asked me to make a fashion sewing class, I chose a 50s style skirt with a zipper and and hook and eye closure. It's not that much more difficult than an elastic skirt and it's much more polished.
But also sometimes I want to eat a whole pizza, you know? Full 50s-style skirts are not super amenable to gorging yourself--there's a reason they wore girdles back in the day.
If your weight fluctuates, or you feel restricted by an inelastic waistband, but you love that tiny waist, full skirt silhouette, today's tutorial is for you! (Or if you just want to try something new, it's for you too!)
We'll be making a gathered skirt with a wrap waistband, rather than a zipper and button/hook and eye or an elastic waistband. It's basically a really wide apron, one that wraps allll the way around your body--if you've ever made a ruffly 50s apron, this will feel familiar (but huge). Hop down below the jump for the tutorial!
Step 2: Sew the three waistband strips together, end to end. Longest waistband ever!
Step 8: Put a pin in the center of your waistband, then divide the number you got in the last step in half, and measure from the center to that point (for me, 20") out either way from the center.
Step 9: Pin the center of skirt panels, then pin the center of the skirt panel and the center of the waistband together (right sides together if your fabric has right sides) (I'm the worst tutorial maker ever, sorry).
You are done! Nice work. If you make one, tag me (@helloalliej) on instagram--I want to see!
ps: don't forget about the social sew! we have three participants signed up now and their creations are looking lovely... go check it out and join us!
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