SUPPLIES: Iron, charmeuse from Mood Fabrics (about 2.5 yards), 2-inch elastic band from Mood Fabrics (depending on length of waist; I used about 2.5 feet), tape measure, pen, tulle from Mood Fabrics (about 3 yards) , straight pins, scissors, cardboard, and a sewing machine.
1. Take your tape measure, pen, and card board to create your own pattern for your skirt.
2. Next, decide the length of your waist by using this equation (don’t worry…it’s simple): (waist length + 2 inches)/(6.28). Note: For example, my equation was (25 + 2)/6.28 = 4.299. Then starting at the corner of your cardboard, take that number (mine was about 4 1/3 inches) and measure it out from one edge, to the other.
3. Connect your dots.
4. Decide the length of your skirt (Mine was about 18 inches). Make sure you are cognizant of the width of your fabric, or you may wind up having to do what I did and tape some extra paper onto your cardboard to complete your pattern. Measure the 18 inch (or whatever length you decide) line like you did in Step #2, from the line you previously created.
5. Cut out your triangle.
6. Fold your fabric in half, and then in half again.
7. Place your cardboard pattern on top of your fabric (Note: in my picture, the fold is across the top, and down the left hand side).
8. Since the charmeuse is such a slippery fabric, it may help you to pin the cardboard pattern to the folded fabric.
9. Cut out the form — this is what it looks like when you are finished.
10. Now that you’ve cut your skirt out, you don’t need that original pattern, so you can now use the cardboard cut out to create the pattern for the tulle skirt. (Note: in my picture I cut off about 2 inches, but wound up only needing one. So, my tulle skirt pattern was 17 inches).
11. Fold your tulle in half, and then half again, like you did in Step #6.
12. Remember, the folds in the picture are down the left side, and across the top. Cut out the form (Remember, this time it’s 17 inches in length).
13. It will look like this once you’ve cut it out….I individually cut out 6 of them.
14. Lay all 6 forms out on top of each other, being careful to line up the middle circle as best as you can.
15. Using straight pins to secure the form at its north, south, east, and west points.
16. Lay your 6 tulle forms on the sewing machine, and sew one continuous stitch around the top of the waist.
17. It will look like this once you are done sewing.
18. Cut out a piece of elastic the length of your waist plus 2.5 inches (so you can get it over your hips).
19. I want the flat side exposed, so turn the elastic right sides together, and stitch it.
20. Iron a 1/4 seam allowance all the way around.
21. Sew the hem.
22. Now, take the waist of your skirt, and your elastic band (right sides out) and secure the skirt to the inside of the elastic. I pinned it initially in 4 spots — the north, south, east, and west points. After pinning these four points, I then added more pins all the way around the waist band.
23. Sew the band to the skirt….and you’re all set!
I seemed to have attracted a little fan in the park during my shoot who told me she really liked my skirt. Her name was Alexis, and the following day was her birthday, so I thought it only befitting to include her :)
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