Hello my sewing comrades! Finally, the Drape Wrap Skirt Tutorial as promised. I hope you find it useful:) Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any query.
Note: You can always experiment with different fabrics. I would recommend using something light weight and with good drape. The yardage requirement might vary depending on your preferred measurements.
Update: I mention 2.5 yards of fabric previously but I was mistaken, I had quite a lot of remnants so 1.5 to 2 yards will be more accurate.
1.5 yards of chiffon
1.5 yards of lining fabric
Commercial bias tape in contrasting color (you can also make your own)
One chiffon rosette or any other embellishment you wish to add
Step 1: Cutting the fabrics
You need some basic measurements:
a) Your waist (W). I’m using mine as the example 27″
b)Your preferred length of the skirt (L)=25″
c) Calculate P, the upper width for the skirt pieces which is W/2 +3= 27/2+3=16.5″
d) Calculate H, the hem width for each skirt piece, P X0.5=16.5″+8.25″= 24.75″ (I rounded it off to 25″)
e) For the waistband, W X 2.5+6=73.5″ for the length and 4″ for the height.
Cut 3 pieces for the skirt as shown in the diagram below. If you are lining it, cut the lining similarly in reverse direction.
Cut 1 piece for the waistband
Cut 1 waistband interfacing half the height of the waistband. In my case, 73.5″ (L) and 2″ (H), iron onto the waistband fabric
You will be cutting 2 identical skirt pieces with the third having an extended top width (additional P/2) and an arc from that point to the bottom edge of the skirt. Ensure before cutting that the total hip measurement of the 2 identical pieces are greater than the measurement of your hip.
You will have these pieces after cutting
Step 2: Iron on a small square piece of interfacing onto point D. (Please ignore all the rest of the points for now 🙂 Explanations will come later.) Join the 3 skirt pieces together at the side seams with the exception of the extended seam. Repeat for the lining in reverse direction.
Step 3: Stitch the top and side seams of lining and skirt together, right sides facing, notch edges and clip seams. Turn over and press.
Step 4: Place the skirt around your waist and mark using an erasable fabric marker or chalk where the skirt ends and drapes.
Step 5: Pin and stitch contrasting bias tape from the marked point to the bottom edge of the skirt.
Step 6: Place the waistband against the fabric
Mark skirt and waistband at Point A and Point B (refer to diagram in Step 2). The length from A to B is where the waistband is attached to the skirt.
Point APoint B
Press the waistband at the centre lengthwise right side facing and stitch around the edge leaving a gap between point A and B. Clip seam allowance and turn the waistband over. Press and fold in the seam allowance between point A and B.
Step 7: Pin and stitch the waistband from Point A to B onto the skirt by topstitching around the entire waistband.
Step 8: Create a buttonhole at Point C and sew on a button at Point D, stitch over interfacing (Refer to diagram in Step 2)
Step 9: Finish the hem and sew on the rosette (optional)
Wear the drape wrap skirt as we are done!
Have a blessed week and happy belated mothers’ day to all yummy mummies (that’s all of you)!