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Make a DIY Wrap Skirt

Are you looking for a creative distraction from our current situation? I’ve got you. If you are at home, now is a perfect time to learn a new skill. Have you ever wanted to sew your own clothes? Today’s creative challenge is to make a DIY wrap skirt for yourself!

Modeling a make and sew a DIY wrap skirt

Skirts are an awesome way to learn to sew. They have minimal detail, and they don’t take a lot of fabric. If you are a beginner, pick a pattern labeled “Easy to Sew” “1-hour” or “Learn to Sew”, etc. Also, consider a style without pockets or zippers. That’s why wrap skirts are perfect!

First, you’ll need to pick a pattern design. I copied my skirt pattern from an old ready-to-wear, but it’s a dead ringer for a vintage McCall’s Pattern 6377. You can find it HERE or on Etsy or eBay.

Other Sewing Patterns for Wrap Skirts

For more sewing pattern inspiration, check out these Simplicity wrap skirt styles. I’ve included buying sources below each photo. (affiliate links)

Simplicity S9048    |    Simplicity S9111

Simplicity 8606    |    Simplicity 8133

Simplicity 8699    |    Simplicity 8792

Best Fabrics for Sewing a Skirt

For my skirt, I chose a medium weight linen-cotton mix with a summery fish print. I love the feel and natural look of linen, but there are so many other fabric options out there for a wrap skirt.

Look for lightweight fabrics with drape; such as challis, chambray, soft cotton, cotton lawn, crepe back satin, double georgette, gauze, cotton types, linen types, lightweight denim, gauze, and silky types.

Where to Buy Fabrics Online

These days you can get almost everything you need online; fabric, sewing patterns, and supplies. And you can have it delivered to your door.

Here are a few popular online fabric stores to help you locate your perfect fabric:

JoAnn Fabrics
Fabric.com

Mood Fabrics
Harts Designer Fabric

Next, you will need to gather or purchase your sewing supplies. See below for the basic materials you will need and ideas on where to purchase.

If you order online, many fabric and craft stores have a curbside pick up service. During the quarantine period, this could be a great option also.

Materials And Sewing Supplies

Here’s what you need to get started. (affiliate links in blue)

Fabric for Skirt
Matching Thread
Pattern
Sewing Straight Pins
Sewing Scissors, HERE or
Rotary Cutter, HERE
Sewing Board, HERE or
Safe Cutting Surface, HERE
Paper Scissors (not pictured)
Sewing Machine (not pictured)
Notions (per pattern)

How to Find the Right Size Sewing Pattern

If you are new to sewing clothes with a pattern, be sure to proceed with care when selecting a size. Select the appropriate size range on the pattern, then you will need to narrow down further for the best fit when you cut your fabric.

First, take your measurements keeping in mind the garment you are making and also examine the size chart on the pattern. Look for the finished garment measurements as well to see how much ease is built in. Ease is the extra fabric allowed for movement.

Lastly, double-check the pattern measurements. If possible, hold up the pattern pieces to your torso and see if it looks reasonably correct with an allowance for a seam.

Once you’ve committed to a particular size, there are 2 methods I would suggest if you’d still like some margin for error. Firstly, start with a machine baste for the main seams. Secondly, sew the side seams with half your intended seam allowance. This way you can still easily take the garment in without difficulty.

How to Make a Muslin Garment

You can also make a muslin, which is simply creating a test garment or mock-up with inexpensive fabric or old sheets to be sure your skirt fits just right. Therefore, alter it any way you need to, without worry, so that it fits just right. When you are satisfied with the result, you are ready to cut the good stuff! 😉

I hope you will make a DIY wrap skirt! If you do end up with a pattern you love, you can make it in other fabrics, patterns, and colors.

Let me know what projects you are working on through this time of quarantine? I’d love to hear!

Thanks for visiting.
Be well.
xo,
Cindy

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