DIY Gathered Skirt
What you need :
– Two rectangles of fabric : 1 meter x the lengh you need (don’t forget the seam allowance you want at the bottom)
– A belt 15 cm x the sixe of your waist + 3cm for seams allowance
– Fusible interfacing : 6 cm x the size of your waist + 3 cm for seams allowance
– A zip, 20 cm
Start by measuring your waist (or where you would like the skirt to sit) as this will be your waist measure. This measure will tell you how long your belt needs to be. Add it 1.5 cm seams allowances on each side.
Iron the interfacing on the wrong side of your belt. This will make the fabric less light.
You could use interfacing on the entire belt if you wanted to make it even less light. For my skirt, as the fabric is very light, I decided to use it just on half.
Take one of your rectangle to gather the topline of your fabric : sew a line from around 0.5 cm from the edge of the skirt (lenght 4). Then, do an other stitch at 0.5 cm from your first stitch. Sew a third line at 0.5 cm from the second stitch. Be careful not to backstitch the end of each stitch line.
Take the 3 loose threads on the wrong side and discard the 3 on the right side of the fabric. Gently push the fabric towards the backstitched end. Be careful that the gathers are evenly spaced.
You should have a result like this. Do the same with your second rectangle.
Pin, good sides together, the side of your skirt (the other one will be closed by a zip) and stitch a line (length 2 )
On the good side, the result should be like this. Stitch a line in the middle of your gathers to secure them. Then, take off gently your gathers stitches.
Pin the waistband alongside the edge of the skirt. Be careful that the middle of the skirt matches the middle of the waistband. Stitch it to the skirt about 1 cm of the edge.If you want a nice and well finished work, you should stitch one of the raw edges to the right side of the skirt’s waistline, then folding the waistband over and blind stitching the inside edge.
Insert an invisible zipper and close up your back seam.
Finally, hem the bottom of your skirt. Fold 0.5 cm seam allowance, and fold a second time 0.5 cm. Stitch along the edge of the hem.
And now you’ve got a new skirt, enjoy it!