Tips For Making a Drawstring Skirt
A skirt is the perfect fashion attire for a woman during the
summer's hot and hazy days. Whatever the occasion its flowing
design will keep you feeling cool whilst maintaining a sexy and
classy look. For the highlight of your summer wardrobe this
year, here's how you can make your very own drawstring
You'll need the following supplies:
- Material (measure your waist and multiply
by 4, in inches)
- Length of ribbon or drawstring (your waist
measurement plus 25 inches)
- Pair of scissors
- Tailor's chalk
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine
- Large safety pin or nappy pin
The fabric should be cut to size. You
already have the material in the right width, so you only need
to cut it to the right length for your height. Measure yourself
from your waist to your ankles by using your measuring tape.
Should you want a shorter drawstring skirt, extend the
measurement to only mid-calf. To either of these numbers you
should add 5" to allow for a hem.
Before cutting or working on a fabric one
should measure waist and length, then start work so that to
know it's enough for your need. Use the chalk to mark off the
final number. Continue this action until you have completed the
circle, and the put the marks together via a dotted line, which
you'll then cut.
For this step, you need to fold the longest
edge of your fabric in half. You should have two skirt pieces
after cutting it in two. Take those two pieces and fold them in
half again in the same way you just did. The front and back of
the skirt should have one such folded panel each.
Find out what your size is in the panel.
Your skirt's waist should be six inches larger than your waist
while the drawstring is open fully. To get this number, just
halve your waist measurement and then add three inches to that.
For each panel a 30'' waist would measure 30/2=15+3=18 inches.
Measure the panel in such a way that it is of the biggest size
you want to make.
The top of your skirt can now be cut. Making
certain that the fabric remains folded, make a little line
exactly at the fold with a piece of chalk. Your half-waist
measurement should be taken. In this case eighteen inches and
divide it in half. That measurement needs to be noted and
marked down. Mark down nine inches along the top of your skirt
border. After doing the one side, turn over your folded panel
and also measure the other side. Along the top of your panel,
open up your drawstring skirt panel to see three chalk marks
centered perfectly. Fold the panel down the chalk line, along
The panels need to be cut. Make sure that
you have a measuring tape handy, and draw an angled line
beginning from the chalk mark you measured equal to nine inches
and ending at the bottommost corner section of your already
folded fabric panel. Don't angle the measuring tape the wrong
way - the bottom should be the widest portion of fabric
remaining. On both sides of your folded fabric panel draw this
chalk line correctly. The dotted line is where you should cut.
For drawstring skirts, first measure the fabric and then cut
and fold it so that two equal pieces come out.
Holes for the drawstring should be made. Now
that you have your panels already cut out, you can cut holes in
them for the drawstring to be threaded through. On a single
panel, from the middle line take a measurement three inches
down towards the bottom side. Using a ruler, you now need to
measure one inch on either side of this mark. You can use
either a grommet punch to make holes in this spot or cut and
sew button holes. There needs to be two vertical slits
reinforced with thread around the holes.
The panels should now be sewn together. Your
drawstring skirt is now ready to be assembled. Take the panels
and lay them on top of one another, making sure they are inside
out. Provide room for a quarter inch seam. Attach both of the
panels by sewing the whole length of the skirt.
Hem your drawstring skirt. Using your previously heated iron,
make a three inch hem at the skirt bottom, and iron it into
place. Do the same at the top of the skirt, only a two inch hem
there. You must be sure that the top hem lands " to either side
of your drawstring holes. Sew your hems about 1/8" from the
fold of the hem, all the way around the top and bottom of your
Now, fasten the drawstring. Your new
drawstring skirt is essentially done! While hemming a
drawstring skirt, you just thread in a ribbon with the help of
safety pin and make a bow out of it.
Tiffany Provost writes about drawstring
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