Welcome back to Spring Skirts Week! Your easy-to-follow DIY guide to creating a unique Spring wardrobe!
Today’s tutorial is for The Country Club Skirt! This little skirt features a classic waistband and lots of sweet pleats! This style looks so complex, but it is really a simple way to create a skirt with lots of flair!
1 yard fabric for skirt
2/3 yard of 1/2”-wide nonroll elastic
First cut out your pieces.
|SKIRT PANELS |
|13” L x 29” W||13.5” L x 30” W||14.5” L x 31.5” W||15” L x 33” W||15.75” L x 35” W||17” L x 36.5” W||18.75” L x 38” W|
|3” x 14.5”||3” x 15”||3” x 16”||3” x 16.5”||3” x 17.5”||3” x 18”||3” x 18.5”|
Before you begin constructing a “Playground Skirt” you should have cut:
-Two Skirt Panels
-Two Waistband Pieces
-One piece of elastic
Let’s start with the waistband.
1. Take each waistband strip and press it in half, lengthwise. Then, open up each strip, and place the two waistband pieces right sides together and sew along the short sides, using a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish the seams and press. Fold the waistband in half, lengthwise. Set the band aside.
Next, you will sew together your skirt panels and hem your skirt!
2. Simply match the side edges of the skirt back to the skirt front, right sides together. Pin and sew along the short sides, using a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish the side seams in your preferred method, and set aside.
*Quick Note* I finish my seams with a serger, this is not necessary! Other options for finishing your seams are to use an inexpensive pair of pinking shears and simply cut along the raw edge, or to sew over the raw edge with a tight zigzag stitch, so the right hand swing of the needle falls JUST off the edge.
Now it’s time to create your pleats! The key to creating perfect pleats is all in the pressing! Before you start, make sure your iron is HOT! I use lots of water and lots of steam when pleating a skirt! Pleating requires a bit more precision than gathering does; but the final product looks so gorgeous, it is worth the extra effort!
Here we go!
4. Grab a ruler and piece of chalk or washable fabric marker. Starting at the left seam, make one mark. Then measure three inches and make a second mark. Then measure three inches and make a third mark. Continue marking your fabric, every three inches, across your entire skirt panel. Like this:
5. Once you have made a mark every 3 inches, across the entire skirt panel, you’re ready to start pleating!
Grab your fabric at point 1 and fold it over to the second point (ie 3 inches away). Pin the fabric in place at the 3 inch mark and press, press, press – creating a nice, crisp pleat! To continue, simply pick up your fabric at the next point (6 inches in) and fold it over the following point (9 inches in), pin the fabric in place and press. Continue the pattern of picking up fabric at one point and folding it to the next point around the panel.
7. Attach the waistband to the skirt panel. Turn waistband upside down and wrong side out. Align lower edge of the waistband with the upper edge of the skirt. Match the side seams, front center and back center; secure the waistband to the skirt panel with a few pins.
8. Beginning at one side seam, sew the waistband in place with a 1/2” seam allowance, leaving a one-inch opening for inserting the elastic.
9. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and guide it through the waistband casing. Overlap the elastic ends 1/2” and use a zigzag stitch to secure them.
10. Finish the seam using your preferred method and press the seam upwards toward the waistband. Topstitch the seam in place, give the skirt to your girl and watch the twirling begin!
This tutorial is for personal use only. Please do not sell pieces created with this tutorial for profit.
Please DO use this tutorial and make sweet skirts for your favorite girls!
If you use this tutorial to create skirts for your girl – I would LOVE to feature YOU on the blog!
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