How to Sew a High-Low Skirt That Can Also Be Worn as an Elegant Cape
Want to learn something fun to sew? I’ll show you how to sew a high-low skirt that also serves as a cape! Talk about versatility! This is the ultimate sewing project, and it’s super easy to create. Let’s begin.
Tools and materials:
- Sewing machine
1. Make the pattern
To make the DIY high-low skirt from scratch, it’s essential to get the pattern right. Start by measuring your waist. Mine was 63cm (24.8 inches). Then, follow the equation above and check out my video from 0:30 seconds.
So, here’s my final pattern, and you’ll notice some segments are shorter and some are longer - that’s the goal!
Now, transfer the DIY high-low pattern onto paper.
2. Cut and sew
Cut the pattern on your linen fabric. Zigzag stitch the raw edges to prevent the fabric from fraying.
Place the fabric pieces on top of each other and sew the longer horizontal edge.
Open the seam allowance and stitch the edges down.
3. Add facing
Now, add a piece of facing around the waist. Take your waist measurement and add 2cm (0.78 inches). In my case, the width is 12cm (4.72 inches).
Pin the facing to the waistline, then sew to secure.
4. Attach an invisible zipper
Pin the open side seams about halfway up, then sew.
Now, place the top ends of the zipper about 5cm (1.96 inches) into the lining piece.
Tip: Don’t pin the zipper right from the top edge; leave around ½cm (0.19 inches) on top.
Pin the zipper in place and sew down. Leave the end of the zipper loose for now.
It’s best to use an invisible zipper foot for this step.
Tuck the bottom edge of the zipper into the open gap, then topstitch around that area.
5. Sewing the waistband
Fold the facing piece onto the zipper and tuck it in. Stitch to secure.
Next, fold the facing in half all the way around and pin. Be sure to fold the seam allowance upward as you pin.
Fold the raw edge inward to create a lovely finish.
Topstitch the edge to secure.
Hem the raw edges of the skirt by folding the edge over twice.
How to sew a high-low skirt tutorial
I love how one clothing item can serve as two different pieces, and this DIY high-low skirt hits the nail right on the head! This is definitely one DIY sewing project you have to try.
Let me know what you think of this tutorial and the finished garment in the comments below.
- Sewing machine
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