Wednesday, 29 September 2010
learn to sew - skirt
The tutorial I based this skirt on called it a twenty minute skirt. And perhaps if you didn't sew it on to the wrong side of the elastic first time you'd be done in twenty! As it was the second time around it was easily finished in that time, hemming and all. We don't have pockets in ours and had only one side seam as we used one piece for the skirt body, just half a metre. Which means the skirt cost less than six dollars.
Ms A found a picture of a skirt she liked, very similar to this one on a Japanese site, she loves the look of the wide elastic waistband. So on a trip to Spotlight (sewing megastore) we searched out the elastic and chose some fabric prints. I love this one she found. (Isn't she tall, nearly eye to eye with me at twelve!)
Basically you measure the elastic around the waist and add half an inch. Overlap the end and sew with zigzag. Then on the fabric sew the side seam and add a gathering stitch round the top. Pull it in to match the elastic and then pin the wrong side out with the gathered seam eased around, top edges matching with the top of the elastic. Sew it around to the top of the elastic with a zigzag stitch, stretching the elastic as you sew. Flip it over, trim, press over twice and sew the hem.
And do not sew it the wrong way round, it is no fun at all!
p.s. And yes that hem is straight now!