Thursday, 20 June 2013

DIY: 15mins Easy Peasy Wrap Skirt

6 years ago when hubby-to-be and I decided to take that bold leap, I went hunting for the right material to make a nice outfit for our *introduction program and soon made me a nice skirt and blouse for the 'do'.

Fast forwarded to 2013, my dress size understandably changed from 6 (yes I was a sz 6) to 10 and there was no other option than to give out my much loved outfit to someone who is slimmer. Only hitch being that the scarf went into hiding at the time I gave it away only to resurface last week from its hiding place deep within the closet.

Looking at the less than 1yard material, the light bulb went off in my head and I decided to make something wearable out of it.

And so my easy peasy 15mins wrap skirt was born. (Only regret was not having enough material to make a ruffle down the edge of the flap and couldn't lay my hand on a coordinating fabric)

Never knew anything could be easier to make than my Envelope clutch or a pencil skirt until I tried this.

No zip. No dart. No slit. You can even choose to do away with your measuring tape. How easy can life get? What's more, it's just the perfect project for a beginner.

You want one or two?

Materials required:
Fabric of choice
Wide elastic
Tailor's chalk
Sewing machine and / or Needle and thread

Get a fabric wide enough to go round your frame from the waist down at least one and half times and long enough to reach your knee or ankle, depending on whether you want a short or long skirt.

Wrap the fabric fully all round you once, hold the remaining fabric away from you and mark the point on the fabric. Now that is what you need for a full skirt, minus seam allowance.

Still holding the fabric with it wrapped around you, bring the remaining which you are holding away from you to the front again. That would make the ''flap''. Make sure the remaining fabric covers the one underneath at the front, then add 1'' for seam allowance and mark.

Cut off excess fabric if any. Now you have a one-piece rectangular shaped fabric on your hands.

To get a curved hem, if desired, use a plate or any round object and place it on the fabric where you want the curve. Or you can just draw a curve freestyle.

Mark round the edge of the plate, remove the plate and cut.

I got a 'sharp' curve in the end. Make yours as curved as you like.
The edge snipped off:

Turn in the hem 1/2'' and sew round 3 sides of your fabric, leaving the waist.

Fold in your fabric / band at the waist to make a casing for the elastic. Ensure the casing is wide enough for your elastic without scrunching it up.

Measure and cut out your elastic. Let the elastic be at least 2 inches shorter than your waist measurement. Wrap the fabric round your waist one more time, mark the end point on your waist band at the front. The marked point should fall on your right hip point- on the right side.
Make a cut wide enough to allow your elastic pass. I used a razor blade for this.

Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread it through the waist band from the first opening or end of the rectangle to come out through the cut opening at the right hip side.

 Hand-stitch or sew the two loose ends of the elastic together and cut off excess:

Hand stitch a press button at the left side of the waist band to keep the front flap in place.
The 'press button' at the waist / band:
Optional: add another 'press button' further down towards your knee point to protect your modesty.
The second 'press button':

The hem of the finished wrap skirt revealing my 'sharp' curve:

Tada. You are done.
Try on your skirt. Snap. Snap.
(Neither mind the 'brown theme' of the background nor the skirt)

The front flap pulled back a bit:

 Hot or Not?
Teamed with my 'matchy' Envelope clutch:

Or with a 'matchy' large, here I come (on a Friday, though)


Now go on and make one, you may add some ruffly detail to the skirt to give it life; make it long or short, make use of ribbon instead of elastic, etc, etc; and please be generous enough to share the finished project and link back.

Up Next: Tulip-Wrap skirt; stay


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At 20/06/2013, 14:44 , Blogger Stephanie said...

Wow, I LOVE it! And it looks very pretty and flattering on you :) Thanks for sharing the great tutorial - I will have to make one soon. Have a lovely day.


At 20/06/2013, 14:53 , Blogger Abiola said...

Thanks a bunch, Stephanie.

Glad you found the tut helpful and looking forward to seeing your pretty skirt (I know it would be pretty)

Do have a great day too.


At 20/06/2013, 16:42 , Blogger forgetmenots blue said...

Hello Abiola.
Thank you so much for visiting me, hope to see you again on my blog.
Your tutorial looks fab. Will be following you x

At 21/06/2013, 02:57 , Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi Abiola,

I just wanted to thank you for your sweet visit on my blog today. Your comments were a blessing :)

Hugs to you!

At 21/06/2013, 11:42 , Blogger Toinlicious said...

Wow! I didn't realise it could be this simple to make :D

At 21/06/2013, 13:11 , Blogger Abiola said...

Awww...'twas a great pleasure.

At 21/06/2013, 13:14 , Blogger Abiola said...

Hi Forgetmenots blue,

It was my pleasure visiting your site and what a lovely one you have. Already following you so be sure I'ld be popping in to check on you.


At 21/06/2013, 13:15 , Blogger Abiola said...

Very simple. Now you know abeg go make one

At 21/06/2013, 15:38 , Blogger Priscy P said...

looks very cool on yah. weldone!

At 21/06/2013, 17:30 , Blogger sykik said...

Sewing made made it look so effortlessly , if I sew this one then me sef will claim haute couture be that oh...

At 23/06/2013, 18:34 , Blogger Karen from Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi...thanks for visiting the Sew Darn Crafty Party. This tutorial is great. Love the skirt!!

At 24/06/2013, 15:08 , Blogger Abiola said...

Thank you Priscy.

At 24/06/2013, 15:10 , Blogger Abiola said...


It's very easy, really. Just try one and you sef go fit claim that title...(sha remember to share the finished project)

At 24/06/2013, 15:11 , Blogger Abiola said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks for stopping by; 'twas a great pleasure participating in the Sew Darn Crafty Party.

At 26/06/2013, 05:12 , Blogger Stephanie said...

My dear Abiola, your comment on my blog was such a comfort and blessing - thank you! It truly meant a lot to me.

Have a wonderful week and I will catch up with you when I return.


At 26/06/2013, 12:07 , Blogger Abiola said...

Hi Stephanie, your blog is so 'warm' and it's always a pleasure visiting.

Have a very safe trip and enjoy the rest of the week too.

At 26/06/2013, 15:02 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abiola- what a beautiful name! I could say it over and over again and not get tired of it!

It's so nice to "meet" you. I thank you for your visit and kind comments at my blog. You are clearly a very busy lady so I know that you don't have a lot of time to spare for visits.

May God bless you and give you the grace and strength to continue on with so many plates to juggle, dear sister!

At 27/06/2013, 08:14 , Blogger Abiola said...

Oh thank you, Leah Rose.

I am currently on leave, away from work and these past few weeks, I've really been privileged to make so many wonderful new friends, you inclusive and visiting so many blogs; something I had wished I had more time to do previously. Not to mention having time to devote to a few hobbies. It's always my pleasure visiting inspiring / resourceful blogs and leaving comments.

And thanks for your prayer, God knows I need it; may He continue to bless you and yours too.

Thanks for visiting.

At 29/06/2013, 21:40 , Blogger 'Lara said...

Wow, nice...this is interesting.

At 30/06/2013, 05:53 , Blogger Abiola said...

Thanks, 'Lara.

At 19/10/2013, 20:36 , Blogger Michelle Fourqurean said...

This looks so easy and beautifully done! I am going to make my daughter one today. Love your blog thank you!

At 06/01/2014, 09:49 , Blogger Abiola said...

Thank you Michelle and please go ahead and make some...

At 06/01/2014, 14:06 , Blogger Sarah Frederick said...

Very pretty and easy enough that I think I could do it. I'm not great at sewing but I can do a little :)

At 06/01/2014, 14:27 , Blogger Ila Adkins said...

That looks really pretty, It flatters you! The tutorial seems simple enough that even I could do it, and I'm not that great at sewing

*visiting from Gingham & Rose

At 06/01/2014, 15:25 , Blogger Abiola said...

Thank you, Sarah. I'm pretty sure you're great enough at sewing to pull this off, really easy to make.



At 06/01/2014, 15:26 , Blogger Abiola said...

Hi Ila,

Thank you for visiting and for your kind comment. I tell could do it, it's that simple.

At 04/10/2014, 11:33 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great !

I love how you were innovative with the plate to create a precise curved edge.

Please post more of your DIY sewing projects, I blog about mine :-)

At 06/01/2015, 17:24 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks amazing! I want to try it!

At 06/01/2015, 17:33 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice... and so easy to make :) mari

At 07/01/2015, 02:42 , Blogger Scrappy quilter said...

Very pretty and so chic!

At 19/01/2015, 16:53 , Blogger Abiola Olaleye said...

Thanks for visiting, nedoux. Would try and work on posting more DIY projects this year, it has been kinda tough...

At 19/01/2015, 16:54 , Blogger Abiola Olaleye said...

Hi Kira,

Thanks for stopping by. Please go on and make one for deserve it..xoxoxox

At 19/01/2015, 16:54 , Blogger Abiola Olaleye said...

Thanks, Mari.
It really is easy to make.


At 19/01/2015, 16:55 , Blogger Abiola Olaleye said...

Thanks, Scrappy quilter...and you may want to add -and so easy!



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