Okay so I shared Skater Skirt -The Look with the black and white skater skirt, it only seemed right to show you all how I created that skirt…all without a pattern! Now I am not a seamstress nor do I consider myseld one but I will dibble and dabble with a sewing machine. This is a very easy tutorial for beginners to professionals, if you have some tips leave them for me in the comments I always leave room for growth.
2.5 yards of fabric of you choice
1/4 yard interface lightweight
witch stitchery, best stuff ever invented!!!
Okay take you fabric and fold it over like this…
Lets get the hard stuff out of the way…the measurements!!!! To make it easy we will use my measurements I am 27 inches in the waist, which I measured by my belly button. Now since my skater skirt has pleats the measurement can get a little tricky, but not hard! For pleats it normally takes 3 inches of fabric for a 1 inch pleat… so this is how I figured it out! 27 x 3 /6.28 = 13. Your going to divide 13 by 2 = 6.5…that is your radius for your waist! If you want no pleats just use the math on the image below.
With the measuring tape in the corner draw out your waist radius buy measuring 6.5 inches from the point with small dots then connect the dots to make a sure cut line. Repeat for the skirt length always keep in mind that you will loose about 2 inches from the hem. Add 2 inches to your desired length .
Once all of your measurements are drawn on to the fabric cut along the lines. Open the fabric up, your should have a full circle. Cut a line up the back where the zipper will go.
With the fabric flipped to the printed side down, measure 3 inches from the edge of the fabric, pin a 1 inch pleat and repeat until you make it all the way around the skirt.
After all the pleats are pinned stitch the pleats 3 to 4 inches long.
Once the pleats are all done fold the edge down about 1/4 inch. In doing this it gives the garment a cleaner look. I used the zig-zag stitch to stitch it down. This stitch also gives more flexibility and will help prevent the fabric from unraveling, since I do not own a serger.
To create the belt effect on this skirt I used the remainder fabric from when I cut out the skirt. Simple cut off the extra fabric making a thick strip. * You will cut two of these.
Cut the length of the belt, waist plus 1 inches.
Iron in your edges down to your desired width.
Time to pull out your lightweight interface. I used interface to add support to the belt area. Your going to want to cut the interface thinner than the width of the belt.
Iron the interface on to one belt. With the Witch Stitchery place a strip along each edge, place the other belt on top of the belt edge with the Witch Stitchery and iron them together. * On my first skirt I had enough material left to simple fold the belt over, place the interface and close off with a straight stitch. If you have enough material I suggest this way it’s much easier!
Take the belt and pin it onto the skirt, your going to want the skirt on the inside of the belt. Using a straight stitch sew the belt onto the skirt.
Your skirt might be longer than the belt and that is ok. Place the belt so everything is centered.
Time to get the zipper on! Fold the end of the belt over about 1/2 inch all the way down the skirt. *If you have a lot of extra fabric just cut it to leave 1/2 inch of material from the fold. Iron in the fold.
Now you’re going to want to measure the zipper length. Unfold the edges before laying the zipper. Pin the seam all the way up to the zipper. Where the zipper stops place a pin backward so you know where to stop when closing the back of the skirt. Using a straight stitch close the back of the skirt up to your stopping point.
With the back partially closed time to pin in the zipper. Simple fold over the extra part of the zipper at the top or cut it off. Using your zipper foot on your sewing machine attach the zipper.
To finish this skirt lets do the hem! Simple iron in 5/8 inch hem along the bottom of the skirt. Repeat and sew with a straight stitch .
We are done!!!! Here is how I wore my skater skirt…
When there is a need there is a way,
~ Maria Antoinette ~