Monday, 7 April 2014

DIY: Chiffon Maxi Skirt

As with all of my sewing this was a total experiment but it actually turned out easier than I had thought. 

What you need: 
  • Thick elastic to match your fabric (the elastic will be exposed)
  • Chiffon (enough to wrap around your waist 1.5 times)
  • Stretch fabric to match your chiffon
First of all I cut my chiffon to size by wrapping it twice around my waist. I left the full length and hemmed at the end, but it's probably easiest to cut your length first up too. 

Hem all edges of your chiffon, and then sew the edges together to create a tube skirt. 

Next I cut my stretch fabric - I used this to create a tube skirt to go under my chiffon so my skirt isn't see-through. Again as I never measure or use patterns, I just wrapped the fabric around my waist to create a fitted tube skirt. Cut and sew into a tube (again hemming all edges). I made the length of mine just above the knee. 

Next take your elastic, measure it so it fits around your waist and cut to size. Then also sew your elastic into a tube. 

Now you will have ended up with three different sized sections - the elastic, inner stretch skirt, and the outer chiffon. The next step is to combine these all together so they're easy to sew. To do this you need to create even sections on each of your pieces, through folding and marking with pins. I ended up with 8 pins on each piece, but when it got to sewing I wish I had doubled that number! In foresight I probably should have had around 16 pins. 

Once all your pieces are pinned, you will need to combine them all, matching each of the pins up. I pinned my chiffon and inner tube together first, and then pinned them to the elastic. Remember that your elastic should be exposed, with the chiffon under it, and then the inner tube skirt. 

Once you're all pinned up it's time to sew. I sewing with a zigzag stitch right up next to the edge of the elastic. (On my first try I used a straight stitch about 5mm from the edge, but it ended up very wonky as it's hard to keep track of seam allowance when your elastic is stretched out). As you sew, you will need to stretch each section as much as possible. Your elastic and inner skirt should all be stretched out to meet the chiffon. Once you've sewn the whole way around, check that you have caught all the chiffon. Because I had only done 8 sections I had missed the chiffon in one spot, so had to do a bit of handstitching to catch it all up under the elastic. 

I have no photos of this section as my hands were busy with my machine and stretching the fabric!!

Next all you need to do is your hem and you're finished! 

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