How To Sew A Basic Skirt From Scratch! | Tiffany Dunn | Skillshare

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How To Sew A Basic Skirt From Scratch!

teacher avatar Tiffany Dunn, Fashion, Sewing, Design

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Measurements

    • 3. Cutting Fabric

    • 4. Sewing Sides

    • 5. Sewing Hem

    • 6. Sewing Waistband

    • 7. Adding Elastic

    • 8. Variations

    • 9. Outro

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Ever wanted to make your own skirt? Well now you can! This elastic waistband skirt is so easy to make and in this class I'll show you how to make it based off your own measurements. I'll also show you how to customize it by changing the elastic width and the ruffle amount. When you finish this class, you'll be able to make this skirt what you want it to be!

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Tiffany Dunn

Fashion, Sewing, Design


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1. Intro: Hey, everyone, my name is Tiffany. Done. Today I'll be showing you how to make your own simple skirt these air really easy to make and look great when they're finished. I'll give you my basic steps for making a skirt from your measurements, and the rest is up to you to decide for the class project. Make your own skirt a list of tools and supplies are down below and do keep in mind the amount of fabric needed will depend on the measurements taken and cars let's get started. 2. Measurements: first, take your waist measurement by wrapping your tape measure around your waist, then take your length measurement starting from where you measure your waist toe. How long you want your skirt to be right? These measurements down there, the foundation of this skirt design and what we will be adding to in the next steps. Since this skirt uses elastic, you could make it as wide as you want to determine the wit. Multiply your waist measurement by number between 1.5 to 3.5. It is important to stay between these numbers. If it is wider, it will create a lot of bulk around the waistband, and the elastic won't be able to stretch right. If it isn't wide enough, it could be difficult toe wear or walk in. Also keep in mind the with determines the ruffle amount. The higher the number, the more ruffle your skirt will have. For now, I will multiply my waist measurement by two, making my new with 56 inches. I will call this new number my total skirt with to the length we need to add measurements for a waistband and him. Thes numbers are determined by how you choose to make each for the waistband, you need to add your elastic with plus one inch. Since I'm using half inch elastic, the total amount I need to add from my waistband is 1.5 inches for the him. We're going to need one inch. Since the him and waistband numbers combined at up to 2.5 inches, I'm going to round that up to three inches and apply it to my original length measurement of 17 injuries. This makes my new lane 20 inches, and I will call it my total skirt length. Now that we know what measurements we need for our skirt, we can cut our fabric. This skirt will be made from two pieces of fabric cut to the same size and shape. To help visualize, I will draw a rectangle and right cut to on the inside. The lean that we're cutting our pieces to is the total skirt leans. Now write that number to the side of my rectangle. Since we're cutting to pieces, we need to divide our total skirt within half. That number will go across the top of the rectangle. Now we can cut two pieces of fabric to thes measurements 3. Cutting Fabric: I'll start by cutting the length. Since my fabric is thin, I'm folding in a few extra times. Make the process quicker. If you try this, make sure your fabric is very flat, so you don't cut it wrong. I'm then going to turn my fabric, so that way it's easier for me to work with the actual lane. Next, I measure how long I want the fabric to be unfold, the remaining over to that measurement. I like to use the folders, my guide and cut across it. This is another way to save time, and it helped me get a straight cut. I simply hold the fabric in place and carefully cut across. If you're not comfortable using this method, there are many other ways you could cut these pieces. You could mark your measurements straight on the fabric or even cut your own pattern pieces from wrapping paper and pin them to your fabric. Do whatever works best for you, and if you don't know, try them all in your projects to see what you like best. Once the length is cut, we need to cut the wit with the fabric folded in half. The width is actually perfect for what I need, so I'll just cut it in half. - Now that we've got are pieces cut, it's time to pin and so 4. Sewing Sides: starting with the sides pin or clip them together. It is very important that you're working on the wrong side of the fabric with the right sides facing together. Guides on my sewing machine are small and can be easy to makes up. I like to put piece of colorful tape at the right measurements. Help me keep better track of where my fabric needs to be. We'll be working with half an inch seam allowance. Strange stitched on the sides, being sure to back such at the end. Finally, zigzag stitch to help keep the edges from fraying. Move your skirts, the ironing board and iron down the sides. I think this gives a nice finish, and it's helpful when working on him and waistband. 5. Sewing Hem: next, we will start on the him. Make sure you're working on the lower edge of your skirt and not the top iron half an inch all the way around. Foot the edge over once more and iron around again. If you want, you can pin the edge down, but I find that ironing is enough for me. I'll bring it back to my sewing machine and so closest to the inner edge all the way around . 6. Sewing Waistband: now take the top edge of your skirt folded toe of 1/2 a niche just like before and iron it all the way around. Now we need to fold it over once more. But this time we need to make it wide enough for our lasting. However wide your elastic is, you want to make the waistband 1/2 inch wider. This will give the elastic over a lecture space and give us the equivalent of a seam allowance. Since I'm working with half an inch elastic, I'm folding my fabric over to make my waistband one inch. If you decide to make a skirt using a different with elastic, keep this in mind. So around the skirt, staying close to the inner edge, I like tow. Line it up with my foot as a guide. Leave a two inch opening at the end. This is for us to answer the elastic. Also, don't forget to back such 7. Adding Elastic: measure your elastic around the same place you took measurements. Originally, make sure it feels snug but comfortable. Cut the elastic 1 to 2 inches longer. Take a safety pin and attach the elastic. Use it to work your way through the waistband, being careful not to let the opposite end of the elastic get pulled in. Also, be sure not to let the elastic twist once it's inside the waste and cross the two ends and six exits As laws back. Stitch over a few times, Pull on the waistband until the elastic disappears into it and then evenly distribute the fabric. Try on your skirt. If you're happy with the fit, close a gap. If you need to make adjustments to the elastic, go ahead and do it now before you close skirt. Now you're done. Check out the next video to see a few more ways you can make this skirt 8. Variations: the kind of fabric used can affect how the finished skirt looks. I use the silky fabric in class today, which will make my skirt more flowing. Since I used half inch elastic, I folded my waistband to be one enjoyed, and the total skirt with is about two times my least measurement. By using its differ fabric, you'll have more to find ruffles. If you use a fabric like this, you need to be careful when adding more with because the fabric is so gathered at the waistband, Elastic might not be able to stretch right. Total width of this skirt is about 2.5 times my waist measurement. I also used one inch elastic in the skirt instead of half an inch. Remember that however wide your elastic is, you need to make your waistband Khalfan and whiter. So after I ironed on the first half inch that is tucked under awful, the actual waist, family and toe 1.5 inches. And so for this skirt, the fabric is really thin, so I was able to add a lot more with totaling at almost 3.5 times my waist measurement without much worry for my elastic. The with is what gives it a whole lot of ruffle. I used 1.5 inch elastic for the waistband. I also left the lower edge without a him toe. Add to the aesthetic. Keep in mind if you're fabric raise easily. This won't work well for you. The's air. Just a few of the ways you can create variations and the skirt design. I hope you got some great ideas. 9. Outro: and that's it. Thanks so much for taking my basic skirt class. If you have any comments or questions, please don't hesitate to ask and remember to post a picture of your finish skirt in the project section. See you next time.