Our daughter Ebony turned 14 last Saturday and as usual, she falls in love with just about all the fabrics in our shop. One of her favourites is a new fabric called "Water Islands" which is an Italian winter wool blend.
So birthdays have suddenly become easy. I've made her a skirt! Its so simple and doesn't require a pattern. For the record, I'm not that clever. I do get some of these idea's from clothes I have bought over the years.
It takes 50cm of fabric, a 10cm metal zip or any zip for that matter, and I used a bit of piping to add a dimension to it. Last but not least a fabulous buckle to finish it off and hold the zip closed. Zips can sometimes have a habit of sneaking open when under pressure.
Step 1: Fold the fabric over - selvage to selvage. This fabric had a nice selvage I could leave exposed. I overlocked top and bottom edges.
Step 2: Working from fold (which will be the centre back of the skirt, I created 4 darts. 2 darts to define the "side seams" and 2 darts between them to make the back of the skirt sit right as a normal skirt would. I had to work out the measurements to place the side darts.
Step 3: Lining it up with our tape measure area on counter, I folded the front flaps in using the 2 side darts as a guide for the sides. This should then sit to roughly the right waist measurement. I angled it slightly so that the zip and stitching down the front was not straight but tapering out to create a slight A-line affect. The darts are on the inside so skirt is right side out as you would wear it.
Step 4: Next I laid the zip down to mark where I start a seam to sew the two front flaps together. I sewed down to about 4 or 5 inches above hem line, on a slight angle.