Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Chevron Twirl Skirt

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chevron Twirl Skirt

This post was originally created for The Ribbon Retreat Blog
They were kind enough to send me some delicious fabric to create with.

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Hello Lovelies! Before I get into the tutorial today, I have a question for you. Have you ever sewn something that totally blows your mind? Like when you plan a project out in your head and it actually comes out the way you envision? This rarely happens to me. Usually my brain and my creative skills are not always on the same page. This weekend though, after sewing, I was totally feeling legit. I made a plan, carried it out, and The Chevron Twirl Skirt came to be. I have pretty much spent the rest of the week staring at Dolores (my dress form...I know I named her, which means I am attached. I love that thing!). I dressed her up and am now waiting to wear this cute ensemble this coming weekend. This skirt is too cute to not be seen by many, so I am waiting for Sunday. Got to look good for Jesus lovelies! Anyways.....I sit back, stare at my skirt, and say "Amazeballs"! I know corny, but true. I do have my nerdy moments, when I am particularly proud of myself. Now that you know how much I love this skirt and how much of a mega dork I can be (remember the whole naming my dress form thing), we can get to sharing. Today I am sharing my tutorial for The Chevron Twirl Skirt. Ready to become a legit sewing rock star yourselves? Lets get to it!

I am usually a non-pattern sewer. Something about the rules, wording, etc in those pattern directions that rubs me the wrong way. I am a strict rule follower in everyday life, but when it comes to sewing I am a rebel:) Although I may have a distaste for patterns, I simply can't pass up those 99 cents pattern days at Joanns. They are my Kryptonite!

That being said I have acquired quite a collection. I made a promise to myself I would use those patterns this year. Well here we are 5 months into the year and finally I have used a pattern. I used Simplicity Pattern 2906, but you can use your favorite A-line skirt for your pattern as well. You would place the skirt on your fabric as I did in this tutorial. Either way, I just used the pattern for the skirt size/shape. Everything else I winged in creating the tutorial below.

Once I cut out my pattern, I placed it on my fabric, pinned, and cut. This is a simple pattern to use, since it only has two pieces for each skirt. If you are using your own skirt as a pattern, by sure to add about an inch or two for seam allowance and sewing wiggle room. Having a bit of wiggle room is always a plus, when sewing. You can always make it smaller, once you cut it, but you can't make it bigger.

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Take your two skirt pieces (front and back) and pin the right sides together.
Sew down each side, creating your side seams.

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{excuse my lame drawing attempt, but I thought a picture might help}

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Once you have created your side seams, you need to fold and pin the waistband. You want your waistband to be thin, since you will be adding a sash to the skirt.

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Now move onto the bottom of your skirt. You have a few options when it comes to hemming your skirt. In the past I have always done the tuck, pin, and sew method. Well OH MY HECK! I tried bias tape and I couldn't believe how easy it was. I just pinned and sewed. It gave the bottom of my skirt a professional finish. Bias Tape and I are now best friends. I will definitely be using this more in the future. My bias tape was 1/4 inch wide. I choose brown to match my Chevron Fabric.

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Now that your waistband and hem are both finished, you can move onto the sash. I am a plus size beauty, so my sash is probably longer than maybe a skinny minnie's would be. To find out how long your sash should be, measure your waist. I did my waist multiplied by 2.5. For example if your waist is 42 inches, multiply that by 2.5 and you will get 105. You would then have a sash that is 105 inches. Make sense?

I cut a strip of fabric that was 112 inches long and 6 inches wide. Fold that strip in half, with right sides touching, and pin.

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I wanted my sash ends to be angled, so I cut them. Fold your end over to create a right angel, then cut on the fold. Next sew down the side of your sash fabric. Be sure to leave an opening to pull your fabric through (see picture below).

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Once your sash is created, you need to pin it to your skirt. You can do this without a dress form, but one definitely makes it easier. I pinned the top and bottom of my sash onto my skirt, smoothing the fabric as I pinned.

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Where your two ends meet, you do not pin or sew. You need a bit of space between the two ends of your sash, so you will be able to tie your bow. I made sure the bow would work, when pinned.

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Next sew onto your skirt.

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Remember how you had that space where the two pieces of your sash met? I did a stitch straight down to reinforce my sash. I want my bow to be secured, when I am wearing it. No wonky bows allowed.

(Note: I did not sew my bow in place. I will re-tie each time I wear it)

The last thing you have to do is add your zipper. Originally I had a longer zipper, but I realized it was too long for the skirt. I opted for a 7 inch zipper I had in my stash. I put my zipper on the left side, you could also place it in the back of your skirt. Place your zipper face down on the inside of your skirt and pin.

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Next sew as close as you can to your zipper, without actually hitting the zipper. You will break your needle if you hit the metal part of the zipper. Use a seam ripper to open up your skirt (where the zipper was sewn). This allows you to open and close the zipper from the outside of your skirt. Because I sew very close to the metal in my zipper, I don't have to fold or tuck in my raw edges. I simply cut any frayed fabric off. I test my zipper a few times to make sure it won't snag on the fabric.

Last but certainly not least, throw on that skirt, a cute shirt, and a necklace of course.... then tell your hubby to take you out! You are looking too good to be sitting at home! Haha!

The Ribbon Retreat has a huge selection of delicious fabrics. I can't wait to make more of these skirts. They are too fun!
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Find more sewing projects HERE.

XO Danielle
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