Sitting at your natural waistline this skirt creates the gathered look through the use of an elastic waistband. You will also find a video tutorial on how to hand sew a blind slip stitch on the hem.
Materials & Supplies
- 0.8-1.2 Meter(s) in silk, satin or chiffon fabric. I have used Silk Charmeuse in this tutorial.
- One meter of 1 5/8" width elastic
- Matching thread
- Measure your natural waist line. Measure on top of a shirt that you would wear with the skirt.
- How long would you like your skirt? Measure the height from your natural waistline to your ideal hem length. You may need a hand with this one. Add 2" to your measurement for seam allowance and hem allowance.
To create gathers in a garment we need to give additional fabric to the width of the skirt. A good formula for creating gathers is to multiple the natural waist measurement by 2 to get a good amount of gathers.
I have applied a French Seam finish. Please click HERE for my tutorial on how to sew one.
Natural waist measurement - 2" = Final cut elastic to be used on skirt
Open elastic waistband so right side is facing you, sew down seam allowances to one side at 3/4" seam allowance from seam.
Mark the skirt the same way, using your side seam and/or centre back seam as one of the marks.
Sew elastic to skirt at 1/2" seam allowance, stretching elastic to lay flat onto fabric as you sew, for each quarter section. This part will take a great deal of patience. Dont give up! You are almost done. If quarters are too much fabric to work with, break your sections up further into 8 sections.
I used Silk Charmeuse, so I want to use a hand sewn finish to avoid any top stitching. I will be applying a tailored hem finish with a blind slip-stitch. Follow the following steps to complete the same hem.
You will first need to prep the fabric by marking two fold lines with chalk prior to pressing. One line is 1/2" from bottom, the other is 1 1/2" from bottom.
Press up skirt on marked lines and pin. Click below video for a detailed demo on how to hand sew a blind slip-stitch.
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Written by Sheila Wong