I started this yesterday and finished it today. I had a few problems but YouTube helped solve them.
There are many tutorials online for this but the basic premise is this. Measure your waist and add between 20” and 24” which ever gets you to an even number for ease of the maths!
2nd layer is double this 1st layer. 3rd layer double the 2nd layer etc. As each layer is larger than its predecessor, it has to be gathered to fit. Sew into place, iron seams upwards, oversew the edges, iron upwards again to flatten.
Do as many layers as required and do the hem. Make the waistband the same width of layer 1. Height is dependent on the size of your elastic. Mine was about 3” high to accommodate a turn under and the elastic.
The trick to helping prevent your elastic turning over is to allow for a very small seam around the top of the waist band. Thread the elastic, oversew the ends after making sure it fits.
I didn’t make mine quite this size. Top layer was 60”, next 120” and final layer 180”.
What a really pretty skirt, I love the colours. Sounds very complicated to me, but then I'm not a sewer!ReplyDelete
It’s actually very easy but the constantly twisting elastic gave me the most difficulty.Delete
This is lovely! I’ve been watching videos on making the oversized dresses. I’m wondering if i have the needed patience and ability! I am not a sewer, either, as Sooze mentioned.ReplyDelete
Can but try, you might surprise yourself.Delete
It looks lovely!ReplyDelete
Thank you. I have worn it out for a walk in the wind and it behaved itself.Delete
That does look lovely. I'd be chuffed to bits if I'd made it you clever lady.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I am pleased and will attempt something else next or maybe another one.Delete
I made one just like that in a mixture of red, white and blue fabrics, for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977! I was a student, and used my landlady's sewing machine. I bought the fabric in my Easter holidays, from Gordon Thodays shop, St Stephens, NORWICH. So sad that shop closed.ReplyDelete
This was made from one half of a duvet cover.Delete
Very nice. Well done!!! I love the colours in that fabric.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I have lots more fabric to use.Delete
That takes me back - I made something similar when I was at college in the early 1970s. I loved that skirt - took a fair bit of ironing, mind you!ReplyDelete
Yours is lovely. xx
Yes, it is rather large but will only get ironed when necessary.Delete
I love that. I used to make a lot of my own skirts back in the day, this one would have been really good. I love the fabric too, you can get a couple of items out of a duvet cover can't you. I once made the mistake of making a skirt and then some cushion overs from one cover and caused much hilarity amongst my boys when I sat on the sofa!!ReplyDelete
Did you disappear! I try to wear skirts as often as possible.Delete