Hello friends! This is LiEr from ikatbag and I am excited to be part of Skirting the Issue. Today I am sharing links to some skirt tutorials on my blog, and showing you how to make a very simple wrap skirt out of a single piece of fabric. All of these skirts, save one (the fitted panel skirt), don’t require zippers.
First up is the Summer Skirts Series from 2009, consisting of tutorials to make six basic skirts. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ll probably know that I very, very rarely share tutorials to make specific-design garments, preferring instead to outline the conceptual construction of these garments, so that people can use that knowledge to design their own outfits. This series covered six designs common in girls’ skirts:
(click on the individual photos to take you to the specific tutorials)
Then, because my girls continued to love wearing skirts, but wanted them in fabrics other than regular cotton, I diversified to
a pleated plaid skirt:
and a knit A-line skirt (which was for me, but it works for the girls, too):
And to reassure you that even children can make skirts, here is a two-layered gathered skirt my eldest made -with some help -when she was five years old:
Once you have a basic skirt design, there is no limit to the number of ways to personalize it. Here are three links to resources on my blog I hope you will find useful:
1 Another tutorial series on 26 different pockets:
2 A tutorial on smooth knit waistbands:
I picked this skirt for various reasons, apart from it being Asian-inspired, I mean. I’m guessing that, because of the ease of fit, the majority of the patterns and actual donated skirts in Skirting The Issue will probably be for children. So I’m making one for the teens, especially teens who might want to dress up a little for a day at the mall or the beach. Second, it’s versatile -this is a dressy skirt if made in this fabric but it can also be a casual skirt if made in linen or something cottony and less shiny. Third, there are no zippers or elastic but it is still incredibly adjustable to a wide range of waists and hips. I made this skirt to fit a 26″waist but look – it still works, wrapped around my much-wider one!
- Use a sharp, fine needle because the weave is tight and often in two layers (to achieve the dual tone)
- Pull the fabric taut under the presser foot (i.e. from the front and the back) as you sew, to prevent runs in the fabric.
- Give yourself wider seam allowances than usual, because this fabric frays copiously. You can trim off fraying bits and still have a decent seam allowance to work with if you started out with wider ones in the first place.
- Press gently on the seams and avoid pulling them apart to get them to open – the fabric could rip.
Saree fabric comes with brocade motifs throughout,
- length is about 1.5 times the wearer’s hip circumference
- width is the desired length of skirt plus about an inch for the waistband hem.
- 6 waist darts
- 1 regular side dart (in lieu of a side seam) and
- 1 modified side dart with a slit opening.
This is so beauitufl! I will have to try this, thanks for shareing!
liza jane says
This is so cool. So much great information. She does the best tutorials!
Kirbie Compston says
LOVE IT! Thanks LiEr. A skirting the issue is such a WONDERFUL idea!
I agree with Liza Jane, LiEr has the best tutorials! Love Ikatbag!Great site.
Love this. I have been looking for an easy pattern to make a skirt with an awesome border print I bought. This is perfect, will show off the border print well without extra gathering at the waist or the installation of a zipper.
I just made one of these skirts out of cotton and I love it! 🙂 This tutorial was so easy to follow, thanks to clear photos and text. The drawing also made things simple. This is my new favorite skirt pattern. 🙂
Sharon Schroeter says
This is exactly what I was looking for! What a great tutorial! My only question is about how wide are the ties?
Thank you so much,
Exactly what I needed to make a nice wrap skirt from a two meter piece of batik that is made for using as a long Thai skirt! (Thai skirts don’t have a very flattering fit at the waist, though they are quite comfortable! 😉
Because I made a long skirt, I will probably end up cutting a slit on the right seam line for ease in walking. Probably would be better to actually cut and sew a seam there for ease in creating a proper walking slit, if anyone plans to make an ankle length skirt.
I had a bit of a time figuring out exactly where to place the darts on each panel, but I think I got it pretty close in the end.
I made mine 1 and 1/2 inches finished width (so strip was cut 3.5″ wide, folded in half and sewn with a 1/4″ seam.