Whip up a new look with a simple pattern, a fabulous fabric, and a little attitude.
Project from the book Stylish Skirts by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader. Read our review.
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Cut out and mark the skirt according to your pattern’s instructions. Remember to finish the seam allowances of your skirt, using the method of your choice.
In the next step, you’re going to make a casing for the elasticized waist. First, to save yourself the frustration of getting the elastic stuck in the seam allowances when you insert it in the casing, begin by basting the upper 3 or 4 inches of the side seam allowances to the skirt.
Let the skirt hang overnight. Try it on and mark the
desired length. If necessary, trim the depth of the hem evenly, allowing 3⁄8 inch for a narrow hem. Stitch 3⁄8 inch from the lower edge of the skirt. Press up the hem along this line of stitching, then tuck under the raw edge to meet the line of stitching. Press. Stitch the hem in place.
When you cut woven fabric on the bias, it drapes beautifully because this is the direction in which the fabric has the most stretch. A skirt cut on the bias needs to hang to relax to its maximum length before you hem it.