Tools and materials:
- Measuring tape
- Pen and paper
- Sewing machine
I love making versatile clothing that I know will become essential pieces in my wardrobe. This DIY silk skirt is definitely one of those pieces! This skirt can be dressed up or down and is just so comfy and easy to wear. Here are all the steps you need to make your own!
The first thing to do is lay out your fabric. Before you can start putting the skirt together, you are going to need two measurements. Start by measuring the widest part of your body which is usually around the waist. Add 2 inches to that measurement for seam allowance.
The next measurement you will need is the length. Start at the belly button and find the point where you want the skirt to end. Once you have your desired length add 3 inches to it for seam allowance.
To get the nice, flowing style for this skirt it needs to be bias cut. This means that when you mark your measurement on the fabric, do it at a 45-degree angle.
Once you have the width and length marked on the fabric, go ahead and cut it out. You should end up with a nice rectangle.
Fold your fabric so that it is right sides facing together and get ready to sew the side seam. In this step, you will sew from the top of the skirt towards the bottom and stop sewing where you want to slit to begin. It’s probably worth measuring on yourself so that you know how big to make the slit. When sewing, leave at least half an inch at the edge.
The easiest way to measure the elastic is by wrapping it around your waist overlapping the ends by about an inch.
Once you have cut the elastic to size, you need to sew the overlap which I suggest doing with a zig-zag stitch.
Find the seam on the skirt and pin the elastic to it on the wrong side. Stretch out the waistband to find the other halfway point on the skirt and elastic and pin that in place.
If you have an overlocker this would be the time to use it! Otherwise, zig-zag stitch across the edge to attach the elastic to the skirt.
Turn the skirt right side out and fold in the top. Then to hold that fold in place and give the waistband a clean finish, stitch in the ditch along both seams you sewed on the waistband.
For the final step, double fold the edges of the slit and bottom of the skirt and pin the folds in place. You will want to start sewing at the top of the slit and work all the way around to the other side of the slit. To keep things secure, backstitch the top of the slit.
This silk slip skirt is perfect! How would you style it? Let me know in the comments below!
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