I’ve really been enjoying making stuff from fabric vs. making something from an already constructed piece, so I decided to try my hand at patterning a half circle skirt. I’ve had this really pretty forest green polka-dot fabric in my fabric box for a long time, and thought it would be a perfect color for winter. The first thing I did was wash and iron it. I know it sounds redundant to iron it before you start cutting, because you iron it all over again after it is constructed to finish off the seams; but ironing before you cut into yards of fabric really help to make sure you get nice clean lines while cutting.
I watched a couple you-tube videos to help with the math part of this refashion. One of my favorite sewing you-tubers is Anikka Victoria. She’s awesome and you should check her channel out; you can watch her video here that I used to create my skirt. So I won’t use my exact measurements……. but I followed her directions and drew my inner corner and outer lines for my half circle skirt using my measuring tape.
I then cut it out and had my skirt pattern. I took my material and folded it in half, and then lined up one edge of the skirt with the fold. I then cut it out.
When it was unfolded I had my half circle skirt. I needed to make a waist band so I took my waist measurements and made a long rectangle with a width that was doubled. So if I wanted a 3 in wide waist band I would cut it out at 6in because its going to get folded over. I used the method to attach my waist band that Annika uses in her video. So I laid the waist band right sides facing each other and pinned it down. I then sewed them together.
I then folded the top part of the waistband over to touch the seam that I just made and then sewed that down to finish off the band.
I rolled the raw edges on both sides over twice and then straight stitched them down to finish off the sides.
Now it was time to add the zipper. I’ve been a little intimidated about adding in zippers, but Annika’s video is really easy to follow. I folded over my skirt right sides touching and measured how far down the zipper was going to go.
where the zipper is going to go I used a basting stitch so it will be easy to unpick. The rest of the way down I used a regular straight stitch. Then I unfolded the little folds I had created and placed the teeth of the zipper facing the basting stitches.
Now I didn’t have a zipper foot which you need to sew a zipper in on your machine, so I sewed it in by hand. Once the zipper is sewed in unpick the basting stitch which will now allow your zipper to be functional.
I finished the bottom hem of my skirt off with some off white bias tape, which I have been loving lately. I attached it a little differently this time, I basically sandwich the raw edges between the tape by folding the tape in half.
I wore my new skirt for Christmas Eve (late post I know), which felt very chrismasy. I was told I looked elfish, which I did not take as an insult.
I was so excited to see that for Christmas I got a serger, which is a sewing machine that cleans up raw edges the same way clothes in the store get made. Which will make my projects look so much cleaner and allow me to sew a lot more fabrics. I seriously squealed like a little girl. I haven’t been that excited for a gift since I got an easy bake oven for Christmas one year.
Side note, the easy bake oven was fun for like 5 min which is how long it took for me to use up the three pre-packaged “cake” mixes that it came with. After that I thought, I got this I can make a cake mix I don’t need Hasbro. So I got creative; I soon came to realize flour mixed with water baked under a light bulb does not equal edible.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!