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After making my daughter's skirt I got to thinking, "Why don't I make one for myself?!?" So that's what I did...and just in time for Easter!
This skirt is designed as a size 2 but can easily be customized to fit any size.
Here's what you'll need:
1 1/4 yards of fabric
Zipper approximately 6" in length
Zipper foot for sewing machine
To start cut out the following:
Main body: 22"h x 42"w
Belt: 6 1/2"h x 28"w (for a size 2)
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.
Next iron up the bottom of the skirt body a 1/2" and then another 1/2" as shown. Stitch a 1/4" seam.
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 open the seam.
Stitch the flaps down at the bottom.
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.
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 and your done!
Simple as that.
Now enjoy a few shots from my photo shoot ;)
(I hate modeling!)
This is my favorite one ;)
Let me know if you have ANY questions!
Happy Crafting & Happy Easter!