|Second of the mini-tutes series!|
1) They are slouchy AND feminine (i.e. effortless);
2) They give you a lengthened look (instant skinny anyone?);
3) They're swishy!! (Yes! Great for practising your model walk!)
This maxi skirt is awesome because-
1) It's super-easy to make (all straight lines);
2) It's layered with chiffon (wearable for casual and dressy occasions);
3) It can be worn as a dress! (Make one, get two!!)
You'll need a cloth for the underlayer, chiffon for the top layer and elastic.
Ready? Here we go!
In this picture the pin on the left is the first pin.
In this picture the pins mark the hip/top line of the skirt.
Pin and sew down the length of the skirt, making a tube.
Important: Stop sewing 30cm before the bottom of the skirt. This split in the dress is needed 'cos you'll need room to walk :)
Fold over the raw edges, and pin down the seams. Do this for the split as well.
By the way, this is called a French seam- not only does it neaten the raw edges but the extra stitch lines share in all the pulling and tugging of the skirt with wear.
I know seams are a hassle BUT honestly, take the extra 20 minutes to do it! Your skirt will last a LOT longer for it.
Iron the hip line down about 1cm.
Important: Leave about 4 cm unstitched, we'll need this opening to put in the elastic band.
The elastic band should be a shorter length than the hip circumference of your skirt.
Pin one on the end of the elastic. Pin the other onto the opening of the skirt.
Thread the elastic through the opening, all the way around the hip casing.
Use your hands to feel the elastic through the skirt- make sure it hasn't twisted!
Hem your skirt! I hemmed my chiffon layer and cloth layers separately.
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