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This skirt can be worn two totally different ways - either a straight, fitted style or just attach one piece and you have a fun peplum skirt! If I had more time, I would have made another attachment with a bunch of ruffles! But for now, I love being able to take a beautiful fitted skirt, which can be worn to work or on the go and transforming it so simply by attaching the peplum!

Background: The skirt I created was made from scratch - meaning, I didn't have a store-bought pattern. It was my first time making my own pattern and if interested, you could do the same thing (I explain EXACTLY how to do it in Step 2). It wasn't difficult, but took some time and adjustments. Once done, you have your own pattern to use to create more skirts in the future. If you're not interested in making such a custom-fit skirt, you could always use a pattern from the store or use a straight skirt you already have. The skirt took the majority of the time. The peplum attachment did not take long and is very simple to make. If you just want to make some of them to attach to skirts you already have, feel free to skip to that step of this instructable! I took my time making the skirt as I wanted it to be really high-quality and fully lined on the inside. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

If you have any questions on any step of this instructable, please ask me in the comments section! I am happy to help!

Photo credits go to my 7-yr-old son Josh - thanks for taking the pics. I hope I don't look angry in the main picture as I was kind of squinting from the sun! :) And, we had a few lighting issues so if colors look a little different, that is why!
 
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Step 1: Requirements for Removable Peplum Skirt

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Requirements:
  • 2 yards of fabric (varies - depends if you're using a pattern for the straight skirt & what that pattern calls for)
  • Lining fabric - 1 yard should be enough
  • Zipper
  • Hook & Eye closures
  • Fusible Interfacing
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Newspaper or wrapping paper
  • Measuring Tape
  • Patience!

Step 2: Making the Pattern for your Straight Skirt

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If you want to make your own custom-fit straight skirt, now's your chance! I recommend that you use some old newspaper lying around, or wrapping paper to create your pattern on. If you don't have either of those, you could tape some pieces of paper together.

First, you'll need to take some measurements:
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Distance from Waist to Hips
  • Length of skirt - here you just need to figure out approximately how long you want the skirt to be
Fold the newspaper in half length-wise.
You'll first need to do some calculations, and then you'll be plotting some spots on the newspaper to make your pattern. The seam allowances & ease are specific to this type of straight fitted skirt. They won't work with other types or styles of skirts.

Please refer to the very detailed image for specific instructions on what you need to do to create your pattern. I put each step on the image, so you could easily understand. Once done, cut out your newspaper pattern. Then layout your material, and use the newspaper pattern to cut out your material - one front and one back (and one front and back in your lining material as well, if you choose to line it).

Note: In the pic you can see how the top of my pattern looks - well, I ended up trimming some of it down so it had more of a straight edge on the top. I added that extra flare because I wanted to add deep darts in the front (4 of them) and two in the back.

After cutting the pieces out - pin one side together and wrap it around you, pinning on the other side. Do this to be sure it will fit alright and to take it in if you need to in any areas. Most likely that will not be necessary.

Very Important: If you plan on having darts in the front or back (or both) sides of the skirt, then please don't forget to account for the extra inches which may be needed to do so. I don't really recommend it for the first skirt, but it's up to you.

Step 3: Optional Darts

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In this step, I added some very deep/long darts in the front of my skirt. Please be cautious in doing this, if you plan on doing so. I had to alter my pattern by making it a bit larger along the top few inches, so I could create these darts. It was very confusing and I don't recommend it for the first skirt you're creating. If you can calculate your measurements properly and account for dart material - then go for it! After this, I sewed the two pieces together along the sides.

Step 4: Zipper & Lining

After sewing the main pieces together at their sides, I then took my zipper out. I trimmed my zipper to an appropriate length (past my hips). I then repeated the last few steps for the lining. I sewed one side of the lining, and the other side I did not sew together. I had to carefully sew the lining to the zipper. The place where the zipper ended, I continued sewing the lining front piece to the lining back piece.

Step 5: Hem the Bottoms & Cut out Belt

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Iron & hem the bottoms of the skirt fabric as well as the lining. Then cut out a strip of material about 3 inches x  your waist measurement + a few inches extra. Iron in some fusible interfacing & also iron the strip of material in half, length-wise. After that, open it up and fold about 1/2 inch in and iron it (on both sides, lengthwise). By now you should have sewn around the top of your skirt to secure the main fabric to the lining. Then you'll take this long strip and calculate approximately how long you'll need it to be (allow for a couple extra inches on one side & one inch on the other for the hook and eye closure). Once you have figured it out, go ahead and sew it onto the top of the skirt. Hand-sew the hook & eye closures on the ends.

Your skirt is done!

Step 6: Cut & Sew Your Peplum On

Now time to make your peplum attachment! This is much easier than the previous steps! You'll need to take your waist measurement.

If your waist is 19 inches, then add 2 inches = 21 inches divided by 6.28 = 3.3 inch radius. Please replace that 19 with your own waist measurement, add 2 inches and divide by 6.28. Once you get the total, ie: 3.3 inches, you'll then need a piece of paper. Take the paper and a ruler or measuring tape. Measure from the corner of the paper, out to the distance the total came to (ie: 3.3 inches). Make a mark or dash, then follow the ruler down or angle it, and mark another dash, and on and on. Then cut the little curve out. I then measured a distance of about 7 inches from that curve - and cut it out. (If you need more details on how to do this, I learned it from a wonderful tutorial here)

Take your fabric and fold it in half once, and then once again (four layers). Place this pattern on the corner & cut it out. You'll then have a nice loop! I ended up cutting mine in half, in order to get the desired look I was going for. If you don't cut it in half, you could use elastic instead of a hook and eye to attach it. I then used a topstitch or serger-like stitch to go over the top edge of the peplum circle.

I then calculated where I wanted to place the peplum and how I wanted it to look. I did this by trying my straight skirt on. I really liked the peplum arched down in the front and even further down in the back. In order to do this, I had to cut out another long strip of material. I then laid it out on that material, pinned it and used a water-soluble marker to trace along the edge of where I wanted it placed. I then unpinned it and cut the material out. Then I took out the iron, folded the edges under and ironed away. Then I did a small stitch a couple inches down along the two ruffled areas of the front of the peplum, to reinforce them. Then, I placed the long strip around the peplum, pinned it and sewed it in place.

After trying it on, I was able to calculate the exact fit I wanted for the peplum. Lastly, I hand-sewed two hook & eye closures on the ends of it so it could be removed easily. Lastly, I ironed the bottom of the peplum (under twice) and sewed the bottom edge for a nice clean finish.

The peplum is done!

Step 7: Enjoy your Perfect-Fit Peplum Two-Way Skirt

Enjoy your beautiful peplum two-ways to wear skirt!
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love this tutorial so to speak. you make it really look effortless. thanks

hi Holly , you should get well soon. my first time in this group and its truely instructive. your lessons are so explicit that one can do anything if ready.

thesidra242 years ago
i will be trying it for sure .i have almost understood every thing ,but if there is a problem, i'll sure ask you about it ...
thanks for this tutorial sweetie :))
M.C. Langer2 years ago
Beautiful job! :-)
HollyMann (author)  M.C. Langer2 years ago
Thank you Mario
bluelantern3 years ago
Im a single dad,I bought a sewing machine 3 years ago and it still sits in the unopened box,I was going to try to make curtains but chickened out,I bought them already made.So expencive.I love your pic,you have the perfect mix of strong will and femeninity ,but your eyes look a little sad,I hope all is well with you,I will show this to my daughter maybe she will like to try it,as a man's point of view I think it's so cool! Thank you,all the best to you,Dave.
HollyMann (author)  bluelantern3 years ago
Dave - how old is your daughter? If she is interested in trying to sew and make things - definitely get the sewing machine out! I just posted another instructable here: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Sew-a-Circle-Skirt-in-30-Mins/ on making a simple skirt - it is a good thing to start with. It doesn't take much material & is pretty simple - but you'd have to help her with it I'm sure. My son has also learned to use my machine and has made some really cool Angry Birds bean bags from felt. I trust him using it - he seems to get better every time he makes something. :) And, thank you for the compliment on the picture. It was taken in the front yard...a very nice setting by the garden. :) I didn't really like the look I had on my face! But the rest of the picture I loved...so I had to post it! I was actually kind of in a big hurry as the neighbor kid ran outside and we had to make the little photo shoot quick as he'd want to play. The main picture was the very first pic Josh took - so he did a really great job! so..thank you!
bluelantern3 years ago
Wow,I just read the part where you said your 7 year old son took the pics???? Nice picture taking! You got one smart boy! I also love taking pics,I think of them as "Time freezing" GOOD JOB JOSH!!!
HollyMann (author)  bluelantern3 years ago
Thank you - I will tell him that! I plan on giving him the instructables prize pack and shirt, etc. as he did such a good job!
shazni3 years ago
Congratulations! Have fun with the machine and show us more wonderful projects :-)
HollyMann (author)  shazni3 years ago
Thank you Shazni - I appreciate it! :)
Congratulations on winning the Fashion contest!
This is an awesome instructable and you have so much talent! =)
HollyMann (author)  DeandrasCrafts3 years ago
Thank you so much Deandra! First time winning anything ..really happy! And you are very talented and creative too!
beautiful
HollyMann (author)  emilyvanleemput3 years ago
Thank you Emily!
your welcome :)
mbartylla3 years ago
It's beautiful! What type of fabric did you use?
The woman is beautifull, the dress looks great but, those shoes do not go with that outfit.
HollyMann (author)  foreverdisturbed3 years ago
Thanks for the honesty on the shoes! LOL They're actually pretty cute little boots with ruffles on them but you can't see it in the pics...I just needed something and they were the only non-sandals I had around!:)
I am sure if you are like my wife you have a pair of shoes for every outfit. (nothing wrong with that). Good job on the Instructable. The skirt does look very nice.
HollyHarken3 years ago
Very nice job. I've been sewing for a long time and have yet to take the next step to making my own patterns. The math stops me. I never manage to make any sewing project correctly the first time and end up taking it apart and sewing it correctly. I tend to make muslins as that is where I learn from my mistakes.

I really like the removeable preplum, but I'm at a loss as to understand how you came up with the curves in the waistband. Did you take the length of the preplum material and divide it by some magic number to get even measurments to place the ruffles? I've read the section a few times and looked at the photos, but I don't understand how you got even ruffles. Hopefully you can clarify that for me as I really like your idea.
HollyMann (author)  HollyHarken3 years ago
Holly - Just wanted to post one more thing - I mentioned I'll post a pattern today but I may need to hold off for a cpl days - but I will be posting one ok! :)
HollyMann (author)  HollyHarken3 years ago
Hi Holly. Thanks for the comment. Prior to this, I had not made my own pattern either. I read about how to take measurements for making a custom fit skirt, and it seemed to work well. About the Peplum, there is a way to properly measure and cut the right amount out, in step 6.

But, I think I understand what you are asking - how to figure out how to place the ruffles and how big, etc. I wish I had a really clear cut answer - but I did it this way: I put the straight skirt on - and the big peplum circle I cut out on (over the straight skirt). I then moved things around to see how it would look by placing ruffles in certain areas vs other areas. At that time, i did not cut that peplum in half. I had the big loop on and around the straight skirt - and just made two ruffles in the front with my hands and pinned them in place. I thought it looked cool with those ruffles forming an arch of sorts, coming up higher in the front. So I pinned them there. I then just eyed it - and moved things around from there to create ruffles in certain areas. It's kind of hard to describe. If you want, I could transfer that to a pattern and upload it as a pdf file. I would like to do that anyway as I would like to make more and it would be easier with a pattern. I hope it will help - I will do this later today when I'm home again!
billbillt3 years ago
Wonderful work!!..
HollyMann (author)  billbillt3 years ago
Thank you so much Bill!
shazni3 years ago
In Sri Lanka it's kind of the national dress only the skirt is longer. Little girls where it in 'lama sari' adult females where it in the 'Osari' (the made up sari variation)
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HollyMann (author)  shazni3 years ago
Wow Shazni - how beautiful - thank you for sharing the pictures. I had no idea! :)
weijian3003 years ago
Beautiful woman!
canida3 years ago
Very nicely done, and it looks great! I particularly love seeing how you made your own pattern - something I find more than a bit intimidating.
HollyMann (author)  canida3 years ago
Thank you! It's not as bad as it sounds. It's especially nice too because once you have the right fit/right pattern - you can use it again and again.
jpf553 years ago
Hello Holly, Great looking skirt and fabulous idea.

Maybe it's the guy in me but, when I first read the title I thought "Woah, aren't all skirts removable?"
HollyMann (author)  jpf553 years ago
Lol!!! Good point! They are all removable! :) thank you for the comment and compliment!
HollyMann (author) 3 years ago
Thank you everyone for the votes!!! :)
mywebguild3 years ago
Hello Holly,
Wow you are diversally talented.
From a guy's perspective the skirt is a looker.
You would get noticed.
I am still in awe about your story and how you have been the best mom and roll model for Josh. I do miss your Honest Holly posts with advice, put I understand priorities change. I hope you find a permanent solution to your health issues.
You are special and we all need you!
Good luck with the contest.
Always look forward to hearing about your latest interest.
Best regards
Dale O
HollyMann (author)  mywebguild3 years ago
Hi Dale~Thank you for such a nice, thoughtful comment. I also miss posting on my old business blog. I was just talking about that with my sister yesterday - and how much I miss it. I really loved the interactions and getting to know everyone. I'm going to make a DIY blog ...and maybe I can get back into posting on my other one..with a slight slant away from internet marketing - broaden the topics a little. ;) And I'm working on getting the health issues sorted...just seems to be a long battle...I'm hoping things get better! Thank you so much Dale...:) It's great hearing from you!!!
dharris203 years ago
Awesome, Holly! Hope you win! And sorry to hear you've still been sick... Hope to see and hear more from you soon!
HollyMann (author)  dharris203 years ago
Thank you so much Dustin :))) I will be back in our group again shortly...just needed a break..was sick for a while...but getting better. It's so good to hear from you and thanks for voting!
davinogden3 years ago
Beautiful Holly... as always though...you've got a LOT of great talents, so comes
as no real surprise fashion and sewing is yet another one.

You look stunning in the picture as well Miss..very pretty:-)

Of course you've got my vote!



HollyMann (author)  davinogden3 years ago
Thank you so much Davin - and thanks for the vote! :) I miss chatting with you. I've been offline more than usual lately - been a bit sick. But the sewing and stuff is my favorite escape! :) So thank you Dav for the kind words :)
lmnopeas3 years ago
Stunning!
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