This one of a kind circle skirt has that 50's style with a twist. I've applied a quilting technique to "mesh" the two opposing colors in the front and back. Play with the blocking pattern, length, color, even garment choice (I've made a dress using the same technique) the possibilities are endless!
Step 1: Materials
FABRIC AND SUCH
2 yards each of your choice fabrics (4 yards total)- Any quilters cotton will work.
**** This is specific to the pattern I am using. It calls for about 3 yards to make the skirt, however with the cutting and piecing
you'll need extra, calculate accordingly***
3 yards of lining fabric (optional, but recommended)
7-9 inch invisible zipper
Thread to match fabric
Straight edge for marking/cutting ( I use a binding ruler)
Hand sewing needle (optional- depends on hem preference)
Step 2: Preparing
You will need a circle skirt pattern for this project. There are many to choose from, or you can pattern from an existing skirt. I will be using Simplicity 2233 (don't judge by the picture on the front, always look at the construction and line of the garment).
I think the hardest part of the this whole project is choosing the fabric. With so many great choices today, how is a girl to pick? Once you have your fabric it is essential to wash and dry them. This pre-shrinks the fabric, so you don't run into problems later.
I prefer to air dry mine, so I don't affect the luster/fuzz factor of the fabric.
I recommend lining your skirt for comfort protection of the raw edges, and to add fullness to the skirt.
Step 3: "Making Your Fabric"
Step 1 - Stretch out your skirt fabrics (iron if necessary) with selvages on your right and left sides, right sides together. This will give us the lengthwise grain to line our pattern on.
Step 2- Cut the selvages off the right side of the skirt fabric. (no need to cut these on the lining fabric)
Step 3- Place you pattern on the fabric so the side that says "place on fold or center fold" is lined up on the right side. This will eventually be the middle of the skirt.
Step 4- On the left side, measure about 10 inches out from the furthest point of the patter and mark. This does not have to be perfect.
Step 5- Cut off the extra fabric from the left side. You will use this later for the waistband.
Tip***Completely open, my new piece measures about two yards wide by two yards long****
Step 6- Using a 3/8" seam allowance, sew the fabrics together, right sides together, down the entire length on the right side.
Step 7- Press this seam open.
You should now have a two yard, two-tone piece of fabric.
Step 4: Roll Out the Strips
Step 1- Fold your fabric lengthwise along the seam you just created, right side in. Fold again lengthwise, so you have four equal pieces. You will be handling this four-ply piece as one through the end of this section.
Tip*** Mine measures approximately 18 inches by 2 yards***
Step 2- Decide how wide you would like your strips before this cutting step. I allow a 3/8 inch seam allowance per seam, which means I'll need to allow for a 3/4 inch seam allowance, because you'll be stitching on both sides of the strip. If you want a one inch strip I'll need to cut the strips 1 3/4 inches wide.
Step 3- You will start cutting at one of the narrow ends, and need to make sure the end you're starting on is perfectly level, cutting if necessary.
Step 4- You may choose to mark out your cutting lines (especially if using a scissor). I just line up my ruler on my binding ruler and get to it! Measure out the length of strip you chose (1 3/4" for me), double check that it is level, and cut through all layers.
Step 5- You should end up with a 1 3/4 inch by two yard strip.
Step 6- Continue making these strips until your folded piece is used up.
Tip*** I ended up with 38 strips***
Now get ready for the fun part!
Step 5: Develop a Design
Step 1- Unroll your strips and begin arranging them. Any way you want! Same color on the same side, flip flipped, big cross overs, small ones. Be Creative! Lay them out on a large flat surface where you can leave them for a while. You don't want to move them once you figure out your pattern.
Tip*** I use the first strip as the CENTER. Any strip whose middle point is right or left of the CENTER cannot exceed ten inches to either side, or it won't fit the pattern.***
Step 2- Beginning at one end, start sewing the strips together. I like to work in sections; sewing 5-10 strips together, then joining the sections later. I also press as I go. You want your seams to go down toward the hemline.
Tip***No need to back-stitch; you'll be cutting your pattern from this new fabric.***
Tip***Once you have a piece that looks big enough for your pattern piece, size it up. Then you can work on two separate pieces, one for the front, one for the back.
Step 6: Cut Out Pieces
Step 1- Fold you fabric in half, using your CENTER as a guideline. Place your pattern, making sure it fits properly.
Step 2- Once you have double checked the fit, cut the pattern pieces.
Step 3- With the reserved fabric, cut the waistband.
Tip*** You should have two half circles. Handle them with care; you have sliced through the seam, so they come apart easily. Once you sew the sides together, they will be secure again.***
Tip*** If you are lining your skirt, cut a front and back of the lining fabric now.
Step 7: Sew Skirt
Follow the directions from your pattern to complete your skirt!
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