Monday, April 16, 2012

High-Waisted Sash Skirt {Tutorial}

Ok so I'm officially on a skirt kick as this is my third one in 2 weeks. With spring in the air I just can't help but want to live in spring things!
This diy skirt is similar to the other one I did but this one has a sash and is fuller...which I think is way fun! To purchase this exact fabric go to my etsy shop! If you're not up for making it you're in luck! I now sell it on my etsy shop too!
You should also check it out on my friend over at Stylish Petite!

Hopefully I don't confuse you by bringing in some photos from my previous skirt tutorial but so many of the steps were the same that I figured I'd save myself some work...remember I am a mom of a 7 month old!
Here we go...

Here's what you'll need:
2 yards of fabric (44" stand width, you should have some leftover)
Zipper approximately 6"-10" in length
Ruler/yard stick
Fabric marker
Sewing machine
Zipper foot for sewing machine
Fabric scissors
Pins

To start cut out the following:
Main body: 22"h x 33"w (x2)
Belt: 6 1/2"h x 28"w (for a size 2)
Sash: 6"h x 38"w (x2)

TO FIND YOUR SIZE:
The general rule of thumb is to take your waist size and double it to find the main body amount.
In my case I did a little more than double, 28" waist 66" body(it depends on how full you want it).

Start by making the belt. You'll want to measure your waste to find out exactly what size is best for you. My waist is 28" around so that is where I cut the fabric. I cut it there because I intended for the zipper to show about 1/2". If you don't want it to show then you'll want to add a 1/2" to the measurement of your waist and then iron in the sides each 1/4".
Iron up the top and bottom of the belt and then the sides as shown.

Then iron it in half and set aside.

Take the two main body pieces and stitch them together with a 1/4" seam.

Iron the seam open.

Next lay out the skirt as shown so that you can mark where the zipper ends on the skirt. Make sure you tuck some of the skirt up into the belt approximately a 1/2".

Place a pin where the zipper ends.

Fold the skirt in half RIGHT sides together and pin up the skirt ending at the pin marking the zipper ending. Stitch from the bottom up to the zipper pin.

Iron the seam open and press the unstitched sides in as shown.

Next roll up the bottom 1/4-1/2" and iron in place. Roll it up once more and press again.
Stitch in place.

Next gather the top of the skirt by stitching two loose stitches next to each other along the top. DO NOT BACK STITCH!

Then pull one of the threads to gather the fabric. You will likely need to do this to the other end as well since it can get stuck or too tight on one side.

Lay out the skirt with the belt above it as shown. Note that the zipper in the sash skirt will be on the side of the skirt and not the back like the one pictured.

Put the skirt in between the belt opening and pin in place. MAKE SURE THAT IT IS TUCKED IN ALL AROUND. Stitch a seam where the skirt and the belt meet. Be sure to leave the ends where the zipper goes unsewn so you can put the zipper inside the belt flap as shown below.

Next add the zipper. Place the zipper between the belt flaps and under the skirt. Pin and stitch using a zipper  foot on your sewing machine.

The zipper foot allows you to get nice and close to the zipper.

Do the other side.


Now to add the sash. Take the two sash pieces and stitch them together with a 1/4" seam. Press the seam open.

Iron up the bottom and down the top about 1/2". Iron in the sides 1/2" then fold in half and iron.

Tuck the corners in and iron in place. Fold in half again and stitch along the seam.

To add the sash to the skirt make sure the zipper is on one side. Lay out the sash off center (unless you want the bow directly in the middle of your skirt). Pin the sash to the belt and stitch a seam straight down the back of the belt like in the little girl skirt I made below.

And that's it! You're ready to wear your skirt with pride.







Like always let me know if you have questions!

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166 comments:

  1. i love this! This is the cutest thing I'm guna have to make this eventually. Such a cute skirt!!

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  2. Super cute- I am going to add this one to my to do list :)
    Shannon

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    1. Thanks Shannon! I'd love to see how it turns out please let me know when you do it and I'll link to it on my blog and fb page!

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  3. You are too cute! What fun skirt! This is going on my must make list! Thank you :)

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    1. I wish I had a "like" button! I'm going to make a maxi skirt shortly maybe you'll want to add that one to ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. i love this! saw it on pinterest now following your blog and your pins:)

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  5. Such a cute skirt! I'm definitely adding this to my post pregnancy to do list!

    Angela

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  6. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party and would love for you to share this!
    http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/04/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_19.html

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  7. This skirt is adorable! Thanks so much for stopping by The NY Melrose Family and leaving such a sweet comment on my Maple Asian Salmon Salad. I host a weekly link party on Wednesdays and I'd love for you to add my party to your list of link parties. I'm following.

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  8. beautiful! love it!

    -Jennifer
    killthemwithcraftiness.blogspot.com

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  9. This is so adorable!! I love it!! Thanks for linking it up!

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  10. Found you on Pinterest - LOVE your tutorials! New follower : )

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  11. So glad I found your blog via Days of Chalk and Chocolate...This is a fab tutorial, especially for me...new to sewing. Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower so I don't miss any other tips. I would love if you stopped by for a visit and follow. Have a great week, Lori

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  12. Such a cute skirt! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  13. Thanks for the tutorial! I am going to have to try making this skirt! I would love for you to share this at my link party
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/04/share-it-link-party-8.html

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  14. Love it!
    I am featuring you tomorrow during Sticker Time... thank you so much for visiting my party!

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    1. Thanks so much Desiree! You are too sweet!

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  15. This is so cute! I can't wait to try this. I'm new to sewing, though... what kind of fabric did you use?

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    1. Just a cotton fabric, nothing with stretch though. Heather Bailey, Amy Butler, Joel Dewbery...they have great fabrics and they sell them via the link on my blog ;)

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  16. This skirt is crazy adorable! Love the sash especially!

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  17. Love this!!! Too cute and fun!
    Newest follower!

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  18. love this skirt tutorial! must give it a try one of these days!

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  19. This skirt is SOOOOO freaking adorable! I just love it! You are so talented... make me one please?!? haha

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    1. Hi Katie, Thanks for the sweet comments! If you are really interested in having me make you one...I'd seriously consider it! Let me know :)

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  20. I think this is totally adorable, so I linked to it on my blog :) Here's the link: http://sewalluring.com/sewing-to-enhance-your-wardrobe/

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  21. This is super cute..it has to go on my "must make this week" list! i really want to try it :) Thanks for the tutorial.

    Katie
    http://maceylou.blogspot.com

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  22. Hey, I saw this on Pinterest, but the pin lost the link back to your site. While I appreciate that you put your site's URL along the bottom, the font was really hard to read. :-( I finally found it, though - yay!

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    1. Thanks for the tip Jasmine! I hadn't really thought of the URL being used that way but it makes complete sense! I'll try to make it clearer next time!

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  23. Amy, I love this skirt! I'm horrible at sewing and was wondering if one could be made for me?

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  24. Size 2? Really? Cute skirt but I haven't been a size 2 since I was, well 2. Sigh. It's so cute though it's worth trying to convert to a 10. I'll try my hand at it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Did you manage to get this skirt made in a size 10? I was just wondering what kinda of ease you allowed on the skirt portion? It is very cute and I can certainly see myself wearing it!

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    2. Hi Sheryl, I haven't personally made this one in a 10 but if you tell me your waist size and can let you know what adjustments I'd make :)

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    3. That's funny because I said the same thing. "Size 2 WHAT?" Anyway you can post how to get our size or where to measure for what? I am confused that you have a 33W and then a 28W?

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    4. Hi! There's a section at the top that says "finding your size", did you take a look at that?

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  25. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I finished mine this morning and I'm really happy with it. You can see it on my blog... http://www.babysandwick.blogspot.ca/2012/05/high-waisted-sash-skirt.html

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    1. Thanks Kate! I put it up on my FB page! It turned out so cute...nice work!

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  26. Found this skirt on pinterest. Love it AND your blog!!!

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  27. Hey Amy, I found this on Pinterest and have fell in love with your blog!!I am a beginner at sewing, and I feel like this is a dumb question... but Imnot quite as fortunate as you with my waist size :) I need to up the size of the skirt my waist is a 35.5... how do I ajust your measurements appropriately?

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    1. Awe thanks Ashley! This is no problem! So for your waist you'll want to add an extra 1/2" to the overall belt size so cut it to 36"w x 6 1/2"h, you'll fold under and iron a 1/4" of an inch on both sides of the belt so it will end up at exactly 35.5". For the body of the fabric or skirt part I'd say you should use the full width of the fabric which is typically 42-44". So you'll cut your main pieces 44"w x 22"h unless you'd like the skirt a little longer then you'll add to the 22". For the sash I'd say cut two pieces 44"w x 6"h. I hope this helps and that your project goes well! Let me know :) Good luck!

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    2. You are a doll, and it turned out great THANK YOU DEAR!

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  28. Do you need to wear a slip with this skirt? I was just wondering because with some of my homemade skirts I need to wear one, otherwise they ride up when walking. Thank you.

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    1. Yes but not for that reason. My fabric is a bit see-through so I need the slip to prevent showing more than I care too ;)

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  29. Would your sizing would for a plus size? I love this skirt.

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    1. It definitely could. Most fabrics come in a 44" width, I only used 33" of those inches so you might be able to get away with two main body pieces that are 44" wide each. If this wouldn't provide enough gather than you may need to use the other length of the fabric but you'll want to make sure that you pick a fabric that won't look weird turned 90 degrees. Mine would look weird since the stripes look best running horizontally. If you feel comfortable giving me your waist size in inches I could try to give you an idea of how wide each main body piece would need to be. Thanks for checking out my blog!

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    2. Hi there,

      I'm also plus-sized and would like to make the skirt. Would you be able to help me out with measurements if I give you my waist size in inches?

      I found your blog off Pinterest and love all I've seen so far.

      Thanks so much! :)

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    3. Absolutely! What are we work with?

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    4. Wow, can't believe you replied so promptly. Colour me impressed! :)

      So my waist size is 45 inches. I've done some calculations and I think I'm going to need to do three panels. Can you help me out with measurements etc... so I can calculate how much fabric to buy and how to cut it?

      Again, LOVE your blog and it's nice to see you actually respond to your fans!!

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    5. Thanks Rachel! Ok so here's what I've come up with...

      Belt: 45.5" long x 6.5" high
      Main body: 50" wide x 22" high
      Sash: 55" long x 6" high

      If you like the fabric I use here it would take 1 1/2 yards since the fabric is 66" wide but the stripe runs down the width of the roll. There are fabrics that are made with 60"+ widths, you might have to do some digging to find it though. Other wise you could do the main body 44"w x 22"h it just won't be as full. If you do piece it together in three panels I would do 17"w x 22"h panels. I hope this helps. Let me know if you need more help!

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    6. You are amazing! I'm going to pick up supplies today (if all goes as planned), but I am relatively new at sewing so we'll see how long it takes to finish. I don't really have a blog, but I'll definitely post a link to some pictures when I'm done.

      Thanks again Amy! You've been so sweet and helpful, and I'm excited to see what a plus-sized version turns out like!

      Oh and thanks for the offer for the fabric. I'm going to a store today to see what I can find, but I may just buy some from you! I'll keep you posted. :)

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    7. Good luck! Definitely keep me posted :)

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  30. This is amazing!! I will try it really soon! :)

    ~Lily

    lilycarolinepohotography.blogspot.com

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  31. I found your tutorial via pinterest, and whipped one up this afternoon. I had to size it up, since I wear a 14, but is was really easy to do. This was the first time I have ever sewn anything adult sized, and the first time I have installed a zipper, and the whole thing only took a little more than an hour. Thank you so much for your wonderful directions, I am a new subscriber :)

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    1. Adrienne, Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm so glad it worked out so well and I so appreciate the feedback. I often wonder if I've been thorough enough or if anyone ever makes any of this stuff so I'm so excited you did! Thanks for checking out my blog!

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  32. I am in the making the skirt now... one thing I would recommend is telling users to cut the sash first because once you cut the rest you don't have a long enough piece of fabric. Seems obvious now that I have already done it but might help someone out! No worries though, I am just going to make a fabric flower in place of the bow.

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    1. Hey Meliss, Thanks for sharing this, I've made this skirt 4 times from 2 yards of fabric and have had leftovers everytime :/ Did you see that I make the sash from two shorter pieces seemed together? Hope it turned out cute anyway! And thanks for checking out my blog!

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  33. I made this this weekend--and it was my FIRST EVER SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED piece of apparel sewing--THANK YOU for such clear, well thought out directions, and for sharing them! Just did a post: http://stacymaried.blogspot.com/2012/06/i-made-skirt.html

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    1. Wow Stacy that's just awesome! Thanks for sharing this with me, its so encouraging :)

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  34. Hello Amy, I adore this skirt and would love to make it. I always have a hard time figuring out measurements. I was wondering if it was possible for you to tell me the measurements I would need to cut out. My waist is 35 inches. Thanks so much!
    -Kayla

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    1. Hi! I'm so sorry it's taken me a few days to get back to you! I've been moving...yuck! Ok so most fabrics come in a 44" width, I only used 33" for the main body pieces so you will want to use the full 44" width. For the waist band you can keep the width at 6 1/2" but make the length 35 1/2". The sash you'll want to do to pieces 6" x 44". I recommend 2 yards of fabric for this skirt but it usually leaves some fabric leftover. It may be just enough for these measurement or you might get a little extra to be safe. Good luck and I hope this turns out awesome for you!

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  35. Hi! You mentioned on another post that you might seriously consider making one for someone...how much would you charge? I don't have the equipment (or skills) to make this skirt, but I am IN LOVE WITH IT!!

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    1. Hey Jeska Lauren, I do make things per request :) If you could, please check out my "shop" tab at the top of the page and it will tell you how it all goes down right now. Thanks so much for your interest and checking out my blog!

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  36. I wanted to write to thank you for your tutorial. I used it as a guide to create the bottom for my first dress, and I am in love with the final product. Thank you so much! http://marriedminzilla.blogspot.com/2012/06/dress-for-3.html

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    1. Hi Min! Thanks so much for the encouraging and thoughtful words! THIS is what keeps me going! And that dress you made is sooooo cute! Nice work :)

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  37. I found this on pinterest... Defiantly glad i found it! I now know my next sewing adventure! :)

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  38. No stress sewing! Yay! And, really, really adorable.

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  39. My gathering step is not working. How is it supposed to work? Just sewing two stitch lines and pulling one of them? I'm confused!

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    1. Hi Taylor, To get the gather all you have to do is set your sewing machine to the loosest stitch possible. Stitch one line, NOT back stitching at the ends, and then another line that runs parallel to the first one. Only put them about 1/8" apart from each other. Then you'll take one of the strings and pull it tight and push the fabric down along the thread. It can get stuck but just keep working it. You will need to try the other end as well to get the other side gathered. I hope you find this helpful and good luck!

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  40. I came across this tutorial on Pinterest and it is just amazing! I can't wait to try it out, thank you!

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  41. My daughter and I made these skirts today. We had so much fun! Thank you for the wonderful instructions. I want to send you pictures, but I am not that tech savy. We had to increase the fabric amounts to accomodate our sizes and our skirts seem much fuller than your, but still cute. We added pockets too. I choose a terrible material because it kept fraying, especially when I was doing the gathering, but I love it! Thank you so much!!

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    1. Annette, Thank you so much for sharing this with me! I'm so glad you had such a good time doing it and how fun to do it with your daughter. I hope my daughter will want to do this stuff with me when she gets older :)

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  42. Almost finished making this skirt. Not sure it will look as good as yours as its only my 3rd sewing project! Loving how easy it is though! Cant wait for project #4 your other high waisted skirt! :)

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  43. What a fantastic skirt! I am so glad it has gottn so much love in the comments section! I hope you will consider uploading a photo of it into SewSet, the new on-line sewing directory so more people can find it and you as well!

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    - Jess
    SewSet.com

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  44. I love this skirt!!! Thank you so much! I just made it using an old fitted sheet in a pretty green color. One question, I had trouble with the gathering. After sewing the two lose lines are you supposed to pull just one thread of the top line or the bottom or one of each? I just pulled one thread of the top line and I guess it worked 'cause I'm now prancing around in my new skirt that only cost me the price of a zipper! THANK YOU!!!

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    1. Hi Nasim, I'm sorry I should have been clearer there! I guess you figured it out but yes you do need to pull once on one end and then once on the other end too. It gets tricky because the fabric gets stuck or too full in one spot and you have to get it unstuck. I'm glad it worked out though! Enjoy your new skirt and thanks for stopping by! Amy

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  45. How easy would it be to add pockets to this? I love the skirt, but I also love skirts with pockets. :)

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    1. Hi! The only way I've added a pocket is in the seem of the skirt. The trouble there is that with this skirt there is only one available seam since the other one has a zipper. Unless your zipper was very short and you put the pocket below the zipper. The only thing about doing it this way is that you will have to put the skirt on over your head because the zipper wouldn't have a wide enough opening. I hope this helps! I put pockets on my High Waisted Mini Skirt if you're looking for how to do it. Thanks for stopping by! Amy

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  46. hi i sewed this dress and by the way your instructions were great. i finished the dress minus the sash and the dress is too big and makes my butt look huge. how should i fix this? also, for the two body pieces i sewed another piece behind each because the fabric was too sheer. anyways.. could i just undo the side with the zipper and then just cut extra fabric off? also i dont think i did a good job of gathering. the strings kept breaking! any tips? thanks!

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    1. Hi! So when you say "it's too big" do you mean loose or too full? How did you attach the extra fabric? Is it sewn together with the outer fabric or is it separate from it? The easier way to decrease the size including the waistband would be to cut open the other seam, not the zipper side. When you go tot put it back together you'll just have a seam line in the waistband. That way the zipper side still looks finished and it will save you a lot of work. Good luck! Thanks for the feedback!

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  47. Hi, I want to make this skirt but the waist size is 50". How would I adjust the material measurements? Thanks

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    1. Hi! So sorry it's taken this long to hear back from me I was out of the country for 2 weeks! To keep the fullness of the gather you will need to add an addition piece to the body so you'll end up with three seams instead of two. The zipper will end up in the back in the center and the other seams on the sides. I'd keep the main body pieces the same size as I did just add another one. Then when you attach the sash make sure the zipper ends up in the back. I hope this helps! Good luck!

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  48. I made this skirt a few months ago, and decided to just now post it on my blog. I hope it is alright that I used your directions (I gave you complete credit) because you explained the process far better than I ever could! If you want, check it out!

    craftythriftysensible.wordpress.com

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    1. That turned out VERY cute! Nice work! Thanks for the credit AND the button! You're blog is very cute :)

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  49. Hey Amy! I just love this skirt and the others youve posted on your blog! found this on pinterest and had to figure out how to do it! I am VERY new to sewing but want to be good at it! I am a little confused on the measurements ive tried to figure it out by reading the other comments (with not much luck) My waist is 31 inches and im quite short so the height from my wasit to my desired skirt length is 16 inches. Could you help me figure out the measurements please? the exact measurements i need to cut my fabric?
    Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Lesleigh, No problem! If the waist is 31" it should be cut at 31 1/2" by 6 1/2". The waist/belt will be finished at 3" wide so if you want the whole skirt to be 16" from waist to knee than that leaves 13" plus the extra 1" on the bottom and 1/2" at the top so the body will need to be 14 1/2"h x 35" (x2 because you need two pieces) The sash just make a few inches longer. I hope this helps! Good luck :)

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  50. What a fantastic tutorial Amy! Love the fabric you chose, and woman would want to wear that!

    I hope you will consider adding this into SewSet! SewSet is a new on-line sewing pattern and tutorial search engine, where users can see, save & sew what they love. All you would need to do is add a photo and a few brief words, and everything else would link directly back to you! I would love for users to be able to find this when looking, and find you!

    Thank you so much for sharing, I love it!
    - Jessica
    http://www.sewset.com/

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  51. Hey hun,

    Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog this morning. I would love it if you could check it out and grab my button :)

    http://mammymade.blogspot.com/2012/08/mint-stuff-ive-seen-21.html

    - Adele @ Mammy Made

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  52. really cute skirt, in the process of making it, but i cut the main body with my waist measurement, and i tested it by wrapping the fabric around me but it wont close over my butt... help please! no one else seems to have had this problem!

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    1. Hi! Ok so when cutting the fabric the body needs to be at least double the waist measurement. Like for mine I did 28" waist and 66" body. Did you do something similar?

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    2. so wait, is 28" the length and 66" the width? (meaning the length you wrap around the body) i did 30" by 60" and i wrapped the 30" edge around my waist and it wouldnt close over my butt

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    3. At the top of the tutorial I have broken out the three sections that make up the skirt; the belt, the body, and the sash. The belt is going to be whatever your waist measurement is by 6 1/2" high. The body is going to be 22" high by
      your waist measurement times 2 plus a few extra inches for fullness. But you will cut the body in two pieces. Mine was 22"h x 33"w (x2) for a total width of 66".

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  53. I'm a new follower (and new to blogging) and I love your tutorials! I'm definately going to attempt to make since I am new to sewing. Thanks for the great craft idea!

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  54. Hi Amy! First of all thanks so much for the awesome tutorial! I am also a size 2 so I am so excited to have perfect measurements!! I just have two questions - one is I am just wondering how tall you are? I am only 5'2 so I am hoping the skirt will not be too long. Second, sorry if this is pretty obvious but I would love to make a skirt exactly like yours, but when I go on fabric.com I can't seem to find any like it. Is it just your basic cotton? I am planning on going to the fabric store and getting the ladies there to help me as I am new to sewing. Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi! Ok so I'm 5'5" tall so you might take an inch or so off the length. This fabric I used I got from a random shop in Arizona, I don't think its out in other shops cause I think the fabric comes from Mexico :) I have extra if you'd like to purchase it from me for $9 a yard plus $4 in shippin/handling. Let me know what you think! Good luck!

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    2. Hi Amy, would you do that?!?! That is so kind! I would love to buy some from you. How much extra do you have? Also I live in Canada, would you be able to ship here?

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    3. Of course! Let me look into the shipping price, it maybe a bit more. Can you send me your address? You can email it to amy@thisbigoaktree.com :)

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  55. HI! This was the first thing I have EVER tried to sew, and I thought it came out pretty good. Your directions were very clear and easy to follow. I used the comments from other posts to adjust the measurements for my skirt. I usually wear around a size 14, but the skirt ended up much bigger than I expected (but the sash helps make it tighter).
    Thanks for the awesome directions! I can't wait to try another project!

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    1. Hi Melissa, Thanks for trying out my tutorial! Sorry the measurements didn't turn out exactly as planned :/ If you want to make it again I can try to help, just let me know. If you want to send me a photo of it you can send it to amy@thisbigoaktree.com Thanks!

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  56. I just want to tell you how I enjoyed making this skirt. It was super easy and turned out super cute!! I blogged about it (I'm new to the blogging world) and wore it to a wedding on Saturday. Go so many compliments! Thank you for sharing!! Can't wait to make another one!!
    http://iheartmyeclecticlife.blogspot.com/

    Lynn

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  57. what kind of material did you use(referring it the black and white stripes)? is that cotton?
    I am really benefiting from the simplicity of this project.Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Lydia, The fabric is cotton with no stretch. I'm glad you like my tutorial :) Thanks for checking out my blog! Amy

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  58. I made this skirt awhile back and of course flunked on the zipper part, but now my knowledge is better and I'm ready to try again. I was wondering if you had any advice on making this floor length? I know that sometimes when you do this to skirts they come out with a funky shape... (I am working on my wedding dress!!)

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    1. I'm so glad you're back and ready to try it again! I had been sewing for 5 years before I ever even thought to put in a zipper, I commend you on your efforts! I think this could look really awesome in a floor length version. My recommendation would be to make it even fuller. If you keep it the same fullness as it currently is it will be too tight at the feet and not have any real gather there at the bottom. Other than that I think it will be great. Please let me know how it goes! Good luck :)

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  59. Thank you so much! And I hope to show you my success soon!

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  60. Thanks for this tutorial! I just bought fabric to make it today. Do you think it's possible to turn the belt into the sash by attaching a small piece of fabric for the zipper and tying it there? I think I bought too little fabric but I don't want to leave out the sash or buy a whole bunch of fabric just for that little bit... :c

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  61. I'm really excited about making this. Is the fabric you used thicker? I bought regular muslin but I'm scared it might not work the same. Thoughts?

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    1. Hi Jen, I do suppose you could replace the belt with the sash but the way I see it the bow would end up tying wear the is and then the bow ends up on your side and not your front. As for the fabric muslin is definitely thinner than what I used but could still work. It will lay flatter than mine. The fabric I used is just cotton but not as thin as muslin. I hope this goes well for you! Good luck :)

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  62. Thanks! I'm super excited... I just need to find some time now!

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  63. Such a great tutorial! Just finished mine today and love it!

    http://quartermilequilts.blogspot.com/2013/02/chevron-skirt-complete.html

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  64. 2/22/12 I literally just finished this for my daughter! This tutorial was PERFECT and very easy to follow! I've never put in a zipper, never done gathers, never put a waistband on something, never used my zipper foot on my sewing machine, never made a skirt. I will be making another one!

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    1. That is so awesome to hear! Thank you for letting me know this :)

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  65. Hello, My daughter would like for me to make this darling skirt, however as I am a fairly novice sewer, I do have a question: I can't wrap my head around how you come up with the measurements, if you were to double a 28" waist would that not be 56"? I can be a dull pin at times, but would sincerely appreciate clarification.
    Cynthia

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    1. Hi Cynthia, You are totally correct 28+28= 56. I ended up adding a few extra inches to make it fuller. The "double your waist" statement is a general guideline to help folks understand how to get their own measurements. So I recommend you take the waist measurement and double it and add a few extra inches. Does that help?

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  66. Amy,

    I did it! I made this skirt for my daughter. Thank you so much for the easy to follow tutorial!

    http://palmtreejen.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/a-skirt-oh-and-a-pillow-too/

    Jenny

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  67. FAB! I can't wait to try it and take it on my travels. Looks perfect!

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  68. I really love this skirt and can't wait to make it!!! Do you think this would be easy to make into a strapless dress? :)

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    1. Hi! I've never tried to make it into a dress so I'm not sure how you'd do it. Elastic at the top would be most comfortable and then tie the sash around the elastic part...Let me know if you do make it, I'd love to her how it goes!

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    2. decided to just try the skirt first!:) i LOVE it thank you so much for the great tutorial!!
      http://tennesseeprepster.blogspot.com/2013/04/my-first-skirt.html

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  69. Nice skirt! Never tried to create my own clothes but your tutorial is great and so easy to understand. Thanks!

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  70. Please may I pin this? It is a simple instruction for something I have done many times, but always have to work out again, 'cos I never write it down! You are wonderful, and have done my thinking for me!

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    1. Yes Please! You're too kind! Thanks so much for the thoughtful words :)

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  71. I made this last night - it was "sew" easy! Thanks for the step by step instructions for us novices out there. Can't wait to make more!

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  72. thank you!! I just finnished and it looks great (not as good as yours but still great ^.^)

    Thanks and greets from the netherlands!(sorry for the bad orthography.. ;) )

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  73. I love this skirt! I'm pregnant now, would I need to make it a little fuller to fall right? I'm trying to make clothes that can work before and after :-) super cute tutorials, by the way!

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    1. Hi Tiffany, I've never made anything for pregnancy but I know from my own pregnancy that when I tried to wear non-pregnancy dresses as my belly grew the fabric in the front began to rise. You could probably get away with the skirt as is for about 7 months but after that it will become too short in the front. If you want to be able to wear it while your at your biggest you'd need to make the fabric in the front longer...I hope you find that helpful! Good luck :)

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  74. Your skirt is super cute........ I have a waist of 31 1/2 and my fabric is 55 w, I want my skirt super full. I did not find the find my size chart. Am I to cut out 2 pieces and where would I put the zipper if that is the steps...HELP PLEASE!!!

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    1. Thanks! There is a section above that says "TO FIND YOUR SIZE: The general rule of thumb is to take your waist size and double it to find the main body amount.
      In my case I did a little more than double, 28" waist 66" body." So in your case I'd do 37" wide per panel of the "body" for a total of 74". You will have a seam on both sides of your waist with the zipper in one of the seams.

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  75. So pretty! Love the stripes!

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  76. Hi Amy! I came across your lovely blog on Pinterest. I pinned this skirt and then of course visited your site and LOVED what I saw! I made this skirt and found your instructions quite easy to follow and I am very pleased with the way my skirts turned out :) I was going to put my skirt on my blog with a link back to you for the pattern - would that be okay with you? I am not taking any credit for the pattern, just showing my skirt off and talking about your great blog.
    I will wait to hear from you to make sure it's okay and if it is than I will put my post up the first part of July.

    Now following you and I look forward to visiting again.

    Hugs,
    Stephanie
    theenchantingrose.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Stephanie, I'm flattered! So glad it was easy to follow and that you love the results! Yes please post it! I look forward to seeing the post :)

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  77. My mom and I are looking forward to to making this cute skirt. We do have a question about sewing the belt to the rest of the skirt. How do you sew those two pieces together without a big seam showing right over the top on the belt? Thanks.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/TakeaBowShop
    http://puzzle-in-progress.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Kenra, Unfortunately unless your fabric is long enough you will have to seam it together. I do my best to line up the fabric so it doesn't look like two pieces. Then when I sew it onto the skirt belt I stitch in the seam line so there isn't another line. You can always put the seam next to the zipper so that it's less obvious but you'll need to adjust the lengths of the sash to accommodate the new placement. Hope that's helpful!

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  78. The informations are so lovely and so usefull so thank you very much. Be sure i will use all of them keeping in my mind.Have a goog luck.

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  79. Really cute and simple. Thank you for the tutorial!!!

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  80. Hey Amy,

    Just wanted to let you know I put the post up on my blog about this skirt and hopefully you'll get more traffic. Feel free to stop by and see it :)
    http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com/2013/07/feminine-high-waisted-skirt.html

    Have a great weekend.

    Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! I'll check it out :)

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  81. I'm hopping over from the Enchanted Rose blog. What a pretty skirt! Thank you for the tutorial! I love wearing skirts when the temperatures are high. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  82. Hi Amy,
    Is the zipper in the side or the back?

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    1. The zipper is on the side so that seam stays on the side too. Thanks for checking out my blog!

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  83. Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial. I had just bought some fabric and was trying to decide what kind of skirt to make when I happened upon your post. Thanks for sharing your talent!! I love the skirt.

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  84. Thank you for the tutorial! I just finished my skirt in a retro print and am loving it!!!

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  85. Hi! If I wanted to do an invisible zipper - would I do the gathering and attach the belt before I sew up that side and install the zipper? And then do the hem after?? I've never done an invisible zipper, but I don't plan on adding a sash so I want to use one. Suggestions on how to modify this tutorial to accompany one?
    Thanks! :)

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    1. So I've never used an invisable zipper before so I'm not totally sure but I make the skirt now with the same zipper and I just attach the zipper with more overlap of the fabric so that the zipper doesn't show as much. I hope that's some what helpful!

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  86. Thanks for the great tutorial! Made one, and have fabric waiting to make another! :)

    http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/black-and-white-high-waisted-chevron-print-with-sash-with-tutorial-link

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  87. So cute! Too bad I can't sew...

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  88. I couldn't find this on your etsy page anymore. Do you still sell it. I would love one. Please email me at laurenmiller.wade@gmail.com

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  89. I love this! I am doing a family photo shoot in April when the Cherry Blossoms come out and this would be perfect for it.

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  90. Lovely skirt! I want one like this. Regards :)

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  91. Hi Amy,

    I made this skirt and it's so cute! Like a few others, I had problems doing the gathering part - i.e. my threads burst. So I just used elastic and then sewed the belt over it! It works, but it does make the skirt look a bit fuller.

    Thanks for the tutorial!

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  92. Made this with a vertical seersucker and it turned out adorable! thanks so much :)

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  93. Wow this is so cool. I cant wait to start making. Im a 15 yr old making skirts for a project and i think i just found the treasure. Thanks for this idea

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  94. This is super cute!! I made one and I love it! Awesome tutorial!

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  95. what a beautiful dress. Thanks for sharing...58eveningdress

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