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?
Fabric of choice
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 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:
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 bag...work, 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 tuned..lol