Simple Gathered Retro Skirt, perfect for one-directional patterns. No pattern required!
This guide requires no pattern, and is perfect for the beginner sewer or for a DIY girl in a hurry for a new skirt!
Not suitable for fabric with drape (i.e. silks, faille etc.)
Designed with directional prints in mind, such as lettering, stripes or gingham!
ALWAYS pre-wash your fabric to avoid shrinkage!
I do switch between cm and inches, as I live in a country that measures in metric, but I find inches more suitable for sewing. It's best to have a tape measure with both :)
The fabric I have used is a 112cm wide 100% cotton quilting fabric. This is my favourite type to use for this sort of skirt as they come in such fun patterns!
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Measure your waist. Divide this by two, and this is the length of your waistband. The height is up to your personal taste, i have made mine 2.5 inches as i wanted more of my pattern to be shown.
I would not recommend making it any taller than this as it will start to roll when worn. 1.5 - 2.5 inches is a good range.
Cut 2 layers of interfacing in this rectangle.
For instance, my waist is 72cm, so each piece is 36cm long, and i wanted it 2.5 inches tall.
DO NOT include seam allowance.
Cut two waistband pieces from your fabric. You need to make these twice as tall as your interfacing piece, and just as long. Don't forget to add seam allowance to these pieces.
So mine is 36cm+ 2cm (left seam) + 2cm (right seam)= 40cm long.
and 2.5 inches + 2.5 inches + 1 inch (outside seam) + 1 inch (inside seam) = 7 inches.
Sew a gathering stitch from the side seam to the center of your skirt pieces on both sides.
Tie off on the outside seams.
Pin the center to the center of the waistband, and the outside to the outside. Gather inwards, pin and sew.
(A gathering stitch is simply a straight stitch but on the longest length your machine will allow. To gather, simply pull gently on the top thread and the fabric will gather.)
Insert your zip into one of the side seams.
There are usually instructions on the zip packaging if you have not done this before.
Sew this side to the edge and top stitch zip down.
Sew up the other side seam. Your skirt should now be a circle and not flat anymore!
Now try on your skirt and check the length. You might want to trim it shorter (if you are short like me).
Pin your length and trim your skirt to that length plus seam allowance (I chose a 3 inch seam allowance for the hem)
TIP: if you plan to wear this skirt with a petticoat try it on with one as this will change its finished length.