Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Flirty Dirndl Skirt

Hi there!
One day I was in the mood to sew but I didn't have a particular project in mind. I found an old sheet in my fabric stash and decided to work with it. I decided on a dirndl skirt because I really wanted to sew something quick and easy, this one only took me a few hours! 

You will need:
A sewing machine
A sheet or fabric
Fusible interfacing
A measuring tape and ruler
Sewing shears or a rotary cutter & mat

Step 1-
Press your fabric. Take your waist measurement. Make a band that is 2 1/2" wide and the length of your waist, plus 2 inches. This is your waistband.
There will be a 1/2" seam allowance on each side and a 1 inch overlap for a closure.

Step 2-
Next cut a piece of interfacing that is 2 inches wide and the length of your waistband. Fuse it to half of your waistband on the wrong side. Turn it right side out, fold it in half, and press. Mark where your button hole and button will go. Make sure the center of the button and the button hole match up perfectly, otherwise when you close your waistband it will be lopsided. Your button should be 1/4" away from your seam and your buttonhole should be 1/2" from your seam. Make a mark 1" from your side seam on the side with your buttonhole.

Step 3-
Cut two rectangles. I cut two rectangles that were the width of my waistband x 18 inches. This gave me a length that was above the knee plus a 1" hem. If you want a fuller skirt, add more to the width. There will be a 1/2" seam allowance on both sides.
Step 4-
Set your machine to the longest stitch. Sew a gathering stitch at 1/4" and 1/2" on the top of each of your panels. Gather so that each panel is 1/2 the length of your waistband. Leave the ends untied so that you may adjust them later.
Step 5-
Adjust your machines stitch length and sew together side seams using 1/2" inch seam allowance. On one side leave and opening that is 6-10 inches for a closure (6 inches for snaps, more for a zipper). I marked this spot with a double pin so I would know not to sew past that point.
**If you are using a zipper, add it now!**

Step 6- 
Take out your waistband. With right sides together sew the side seams shut using 1/4" seam allowance. Trim the edges close to the seam.
Step 7- 
Turn right side out and press the bottom edge 1/2" towards the inside. Adjust your gathers and sandwich your skirt in your waistband. Remember to leave 1" for your buttonhole overlap. Use your bottom basting stitch as a guide, making sure to keep the bottom (turned in) edge of your waistband even with your basting stitch. Pin it well to keep it secure. Topstitch.
Step 8-
Install your button and buttonhole. Then sew snaps or snap tape into the open seam of your skirt.

Step 9- 

Step 10-

Happy Sewing!

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