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Video:How to Sew a Simple Skirt

with Lydia Durant

Making your own skirt gives you the creative freedom to choose your favorite fabric and patterns, and also custom tailor it to your size. Watch how to sew a skirt that you can truly call your own.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Sew a Simple Skirt

Hi, my name is Lydia Durant. You are watching About.com, and today we're going to make a simple skirt.

Supplies to Sew a Skirt

Here's what we'll be working with:
  • a marker
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • an iron
  • a sewing machine and thread
  • 1 1/2 yards of fabric
  • a draw string - I fashioned this one out of the skirt fabric, a decorative cord and tassels
  • skirt-less model

Take the Skirt Measurements

Let's begin. First you need to measure your models waist. 29 inches. Take that measurement and add 8-10 inches. This will allow the skirt to be pulled up over the hips. Divide your measurement by 2.

Using this measurement, mark out the top line of a trapezoid on your fabric which will be the top of your skirt. Make sure to start in a couple of inches to leave room for the flare, or the bottom edge of the trapezoid.

To get the bottom measurement of the trapezoid add 4-8 inches, depending on how flared you want the skirt to be.

To get the length of the skirt, or the height of the trapezoid, measure from the waist to where you'd like the hem to fall and add 2 inches. Use your marker to connect all your marked measurement with lines. And cut along the lines, creating a trapezoid. Cut out another trapezoid exactly the same size.

Sew the Skirt

Now it's time to sew the two trapezoids together. Turn both pieces right sides facing each other. The right side is the one you want to be out when you are wearing the skirt. The wrong side is the inside.

Now sew them together using either a needle and thread or a sewing machine. To do this place the fabric under the foot, then stitch forward a few stitches, then reverse to make sure the seam holds. then resume stitching forward until you reach the bottom of the skirt. Do another quick reverse to seal the seam. Lift the foot, and remove the fabric and cut the strings.

On the other side of the fabric, we're going to hem, so there's not a raw edge where the drawstring comes out. I'm won't hem the entire length, just the top couple of inches where the straw string with come out. Wrong sides together, fold over the fabric about half an inch and stitch a seam, much like we did before. Repeat on the other raw edge.

Sew the Skirt Waist Band

Next we'll sew the waist band. Fold the waist edge wrong sides together over an inch or so. This seam will turn out better if you iron it before sewing. Place the draw string into the waist band, tuck it up closely to the top edge, and be careful when you sew the seam not to catch the draw string. Now go ahead and sew. You know how to do this by now.

Then put the right sides together, so your skirt is essentially inside-out. We will sew the other side's seam, starting 3/4 of an inch from the top leaving room from the draw string.

Next we'll do the hem. Leaving the skirt inside out, fold the bottom edge up about an inch. We're finished, and now your model can be fully clothed. What a beautiful finish, and she's ready for a night on the town.

Try as I might, I could hardly think of a simpler garment. Thanks for joining! To learn more, visit us on About.com.
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