Tuesday, April 21, 2009

DIY: No Sew Skirt

Enough with the accessories, this week's DIY is a no sew (well, minimal sew) skirt. You don't need a machine to make it and it's really not that hard. Let's start.
What You'll Need
  1. 1.5 to 2 yards of fabric with 60 inch widths. (Sizes 0 to 6 will be fine with 1.5 yards, larger than that should move up to 2, 2.5 for sizes above 10.) If you're new to clothes making, make this really easy on yourself by choosing a checked fabric that will give you lines to follow.
  2. An iron
  3. Scissor
  4. Straight pins
  5. 8 hook and eyes
  6. Needle and thread
  7. 1 large safety pin
  8. A paper towel
  9. Thick fusible interfacing.
  10. 3/4 to 1 inch thick elastic the length of your waist
Cut your fabric vertically into three pieces of decreasing lengths. The longest one-- your bottom layer-- should be an inch longer than you'd like your skirt to be. To find this length, hold the fabric at your waist and find the length you'd like. The other two pieces should be similar in length but one-- the top layer-- about two inches shorter than the other.
Now you're going to "hem" your pieces on the bottom and the sides of each. Start by ironing down a portion that's 1/2 to 1 inches. Use the checks to guide you. Once you've done this to the bottom and sides of all three layers (ignore the top side, doesn't need this), cut 1 inch strips of fusible interfacing, which becomes sticky on it's underside when heat is applied, and iron it over the folded area. This will bond your hems in place. In order to avoid ruining your iron with sticky refuse, cover the fusible with a paper towel and and iron over that. Use that steam button liberally, it will make the bond stronger.
Align your bottom two layers (the two longest). They should meet at the top. Your third layer goes on top of these two, but leave two inches overhanging the tops of the other two. Fold this excess over to create a loop wide enough to fit your elastic. Sew along this line, using the checks once again to give you a straight line.Your three layers of fabric should, at this point, be sewn together with something of a tunnel at the top. Cut your elastic to the length of your waist, attach a large safety pin to the end, and guide it through the tunnel. Sew down both sides to secure the elastic in place. Once it's secure, give the elastic one quick stretch and the gathers will arrange themselves evenly once it springs back into shape
It's hook and eye time. One or two at the very top of the skirt near the elastic, another right below the sewing line and the elastic, and the rest evenly space until you reach a couple inches above the bottom.

2 comments:

Jaranian said...

We love this DIY post! My friend & I saw this & think your skirt is adorable, although scrolling downwards she had quite the non-negotiable flash of your AA post which she is still talking about in the corner, negatively.

Anyhow we definitely want to try & make this!

Lily Q. said...

let me know how it goes if you do.

as far as the aa post is concerned, i'm sorry, but i really don't need to be seeing pregnant women in spandex unitards. i can't imagine it's even comfortable.