How to Make a Skirt out of a Pile of Scraps: No Pattern Needed!comments (7) April 18th, 2009
Whenever you cut something out on the bias, you end up with a lot of large scraps. Use them up to make this easy-fit skirt! I was working with some pricey organic cotton to make a four-gore bias skirt. After I cut out all the pieces, I put them aside so I could make my "little strippy skirt" later.
The "pattern" for this strippy skirt is a rectangle of fusible interfacing that's 7 inches wide and as long as your widest hip measurement. All you have to do is sew darts along the rectangle to make the top edge equal your waist measurement (while keeping the bottom edge the same). If you don't think you have enough fabric to make enough strips to fit across your shaped interfacing, you can cut some strips out of a coordinating fabric—that looks great, too!
Here's what you'll need:
- A rectangle of fusible interfacing that's 7 inches wide and as long as your widest hip measurement (plus an inch for seam allowances)
- Scraps from which to cut out enough strips to cover the shaped interfacing (If you're not sure that you'll have enough, pick out a coordinating fabric from which you can cut more strips. This skirt looks great made from different fabrics, too.)
- A piece of fabric large enough to cut out a facing to finish the waistline (use the shaped facing as a pattern piece for the facing)
- Decorative thread to sew and topstitch with
- Optional trim to insert into the seam allowances and Fray Check
- 7-inch invisible zipper
- Thread to match fabric
- Wash-away marker to mark hem
After you cut out the rectangle of interfacing, determine the difference between your hip and waist measurement. I have a thick waist, plus I like my skirts to hang a little low, so the difference between my hip and waist measurements was 3 inches. To make the top edge of the interfacing 3 inches smaller than the bottom edge, I made five 3/8-inch darts along the rectangle (two in the front, two in the back, and one where the side seam would be). If you have a larger difference, simply sew more darts, evenly spaced, across the rectangle. Don't make any one dart larger than 1/2 inch; that way you'll end up with a nice, smooth, curved shape to your interfacing.
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