So last night, I had papers to grade. A lot of them. I also was dropping rank in my Fitbit ‘Workweek Hustle’ challenge, and needed to actually exercise.
So what did I do?
Make a skirt, of course!
This is fabric I got on sale at Hobby Lobby— I love when the ‘end of rolls’ section actually has cute patterns! It is technically a knit, but I feel like it just barely qualifies. It stretches slightly, like jersey, but holds shape more like normal cotton.
I started off using the waist band tutorial from Make It & Love It. My plan (before I read the entirety), was just to follow the directions in general. I was already proud of myself for not using a straight up pattern- it was a first, and I was definitely was more willing to take risks in my new space!
However, the problem with using sewing as a procrastination tool, is that you don’t always have all of the materials needed. In this case, the tutorial called for a circle skirt. These are cute, but need a much larger piece of fabric than I had. What to do?
I started off creating the waistband as directed- reading ahead was never my strong suit.
First of all, how tall do you want the band to be? I wanted mine to be about 3 inches. Since you will end up doubling it up AND folding it over, multiply that by four. Add an inch for seam allowance, and that gets you the height for your waistband. For example, mine was 13 inches. In order to make sure that your waistband fits snugly, subtract two inches from your actual waist measurement for the width.
I used my amazing new roller-cutter-thingy. How did I not have one of these before?!
Now, sew the two edges with the right sides facing each other. This should form a tube of fabric. Use a zigzag stitch to allow for stretching.
After I finished with the waistband, I was left with a good bit of fabric, but not quite enough to actually follow directions. Measuring it out, I had a 58” x 19” bit of fabric. I set my machine to the loosest straight stitch possible, and sewed a quick line down the length of the fabric with 1/2” seam allowance.
Without doing anything else, this brought my 58” down to 43”. I then just held onto the top thread and ‘slid’ the fabric down until it was actually the size of my waist. I then sewed the two sides together to make a skirt shape.
From here, I picked back up at the lovely lady Ashley at Make It & Love It. Fold the waistband onto itself, wrong sides together. Place 8 pins equidistant from each other along the bottom, pinning the open ends together. Do the same thing along the top of the skirt piece.
Then, line up the pins. There will be extra skirt fabric between the pins (Remember, the waist band was supposed to be -2 inches from the waist). You’ll end up having to put the skirt inside the waistband. while doing all of this.
Then, flip it so that the waistband is on the inside, and the skirt is on the outside.
Sew the tops together, using the zigzag stitch again (1/2 inch seam). After doing this once, I used a seam ripper to get rid of my earlier ‘loose stitch.’ I then added an additional zigzag stitch around the top.
Cut away extra fabric around the top, and iron flat.
Now, if you used ‘real’ knit, you wouldn’t necessarily need to hem, as knit doesn’t fray. However, I felt mine needed it.
Did anyone else use to avoid ironing before sewing the hem? Because I did. “Oh, that isn’t actually necessary…” “That’s just an extra step…”
Yeah. That was wrong. Iron before you hem. It’s so much easier, plus better looking.
Fold down the waistband, and happy wearing!