A lot of blue in this post!
Today I am going to ramble on about the Wrap Skirt:
Essentially, you pretend you are making a fitted panel skirt,
but you make two panels instead of six, see? I'll include a
diagram in the cheat sheet in a later post. But here's how
this wrap skirt works:
First, you cut three identical pieces.
Then, you cut off about a quarter of the width of one
of the pieces (that's the one at the bottom), which
will be the frontmost piece. I rounded off the corner too.
Then you line them up side-by-side, and sew them together.
Then you finish the hem, add a waistband (I made some
bias tape and used that), and sew on fasteners
(hooks and eyes or snaps or buttons).
Sorry about the wonky color - took the photo in dim
light and probably overdid the editing to compensate.
I thought I'd try making a fabric button for decoration.
It turned out OK although I am suspicious about whether
I made it right because I used my, um, teeth. That was not
in the instructions on the back of the button kit.
Very easy, especially if you are sewing for children
because you won't need darts. However, because I am
so used to doing skirts for adult people with real hips,
I put a couple of tiny darts in the back waist of the skirt
(just the panel with the pockets). You don't need to.
I'm just silly fussy that way.
Here's one of my favorite wrap skirts - it is a real wrap
skirt in that it has no fasteners, just a long waistband
for tying around the waist. After a few close shaves
with windy days, I've taken to using a strategically-placed
safety pin (or two). I bought this skirt years ago and since
then have made a few for friends - Indian sari silk is so,
so lovely. And the decorative band at the bottom means
no hemming and no need to embellish!
Such a fun skirt - instant sari!
And this brings us to the end of the Summer Skirts Series -
6 skirts to take you through summer (and fall, and
halloween). I'll try and get my act together and sketch
out the cheat sheet over the next couple of days. Was toying
with the idea of doing an epilogue on how to make skorts/
scooters - you know, those mutant shorts-skirts things
that defy definition? Maybe the fashion police will come get
me but I'll confess anyway: my girls wear a lot of those
because they protect their modesty. We'll see - I'm ready
to move on to the Summer Dress series, so maybe I won't.
Especially since I haven't actually made any before!