Learn how to make a wrap skirt with this simple tutorial. This wrap skirt will quickly become a wardrobe favourite over the warmer months, its a perfect gift idea and overall just an easy sewing project for beginners.
Wraps skirts, dresses and tops are a go-to in my wardrobe. They are comfortable and flattering pieces that can quickly be dressed up or down.
This is a quick project that you can make in a couple of hours, it is also beginner-friendly so don’t be afraid to give this a go.
If you aren’t a fan of ruffles on your clothing no problem! You can still make this skirt without the ruffles. You will just need to overlock around the skirt hem and then fold it up about 1cm and edge stitch down.
Sewing is an amazing skill to acquire. You will be able to sew yourself and your family clothing and homewares saving you thousands of dollars every year.
I really love to use natural materials like cotton, linen and wool for my sewing projects because they are of better quality than cheaper materials like polyester. If you care for your garments well they will last a long time.
For this wrap skirt project, I have found some linen at my local fabric store. Did you know that linen not only allows the body to breathe but it is naturally antibacterial helping keep germs away!
TIPS FOR MAKING A WRAP SKIRT:
- Lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen work well here. Don’t use anything with stretch in it.
- If you want to make a few of these skirts I suggest taking some time to make a quick pattern on newsprint.
- Sew two rows of gather stitching to ensure you get evenly gathered ruffles.
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- 1.6 yards or 1.5 metres fabric
- Matching thread
- Sewing Machine
- Measuring tape
- Fabric scissors
WRAP SKIRT CUT LIST:
- Front Skirt x 2
- Back Skirt x 1
- Waistband x 4
- Front Ruffles x 2
- Back Ruffle x 1
HOW TO MAKE A WRAP SKIRT
Begin to measure your waist and widest part of your hips. Write these measurements down.
CUT OUT BACK SKIRT
Lay your fabric in half on a flat surface and grab your tape measure and chalk.
Measure out 1/4 your waist measurement from folded edge and chalk. At the folded edge measure down 3cm from waistline and mark.
Next, measure down from 3cm mark on fold around 35cm or desired length.
TIP: This is your length minus the frill so you may want to keep this shorter if you’re adding a frill to your hem.
At the hemline measure out 1/4 hip + 5cm from the folded edge. Measure down a further 3cm and mark.
Draw a straight line from waist to hem point to create the side seam.
Curve waist to meet 3cm mark at the top and the same for the hem curve down from the side seam to the 3cm mark.
Cut 1cm or 1/2 inch around the piece for seam allowance.
CUT OUT FRONT SKIRT
Keeping fabric on the fold, unfold the back skirt and trace around with chalk.
Now curve from the centre of your hem up to the waist seam to create the front skirt panel. You will need a pair of front pieces. To do this cut through both layers of fabric.
Add a 1cm or 1/2 inch seam allowance to the curve only. All of the other edges have seam allowance included.
START TO SEW SKIRT AND CUT OUT WAISTBAND
Pin and sew front and back side seams together and overlock or zigzag the raw edges.
Measure along the skirt waistline and note down the measurement.
Skirt waist length x 4 = waistband & tie length.
Cut out waistband panels 6cm wide x 1/2 the waistband length + 2cm for seam allowance. Cut x 2 pairs to get 4 panels altogether.
CUT AND SEW HEM FRILL
Next, measure the skirt hemline and note this down.
To work out the ruffle lengths simply multiply the hem length by 2. This will make the frill full when gathered.
Hem length x 2 = Gathered Frill length
Keeping your fabric folded trace or cut out a rectangle that is 14cm wide x 1/2 the gathered frill length + 2cm for seam allowance.
As you are cutting out two pieces (your fabric is folded) you need to half the gathered frill length. You will find that the gathered frill length will be too long to cut as one long length because your fabric won’t be long enough but you can sew them together again with a seam.
Keeping the frills together curve one end to create a narrower frill width. This will be sewn near the waistband so you don’t want it to be super bulky.
Now pin the frills together along the straight ends and sew to create a long frill piece. Finish raw edges with an overlocker or zigzag stitch.
Hem frill by either overlocking and turning up once or double turning 5mm and edge stitching down.
Gather along the straight edge of the ruffle with two rows 5mm apart. Pull the threads to gather up the frill.
Pin the frill to the skirt hem making the gathers as even as you can. Sew together with 1cm or 1/2 inch seam allowance and finish off the raw edges.
ATTACHING THE WAISTBAND TO SKIRT
Join waistbands at the centre back seams. You will be creating a pair.
You need to leave about 1/4 of the waistband hanging over on one side and less on the other to allow for wrapping the ties around your waist.
Wrap the tie around your waist to work out the right lengths for you. When you figure this out pop in a pin on each side to indicate where the ties meet your skirt waistline.
Pin around waistbands right sides together on one long side and the two ends then around only to the marked pinpoints. Sew 1cm or 1/2 inch around, leaving one long side open. Wiggle out the waist tie corners so they sit nicely and press flat.
Attach one side of the waistband to skirt right sides together sewing up-to-the tie points.
On the inside waistband fold under 1cm and pin in place then sew down with an edge stitch.
If you make this project and love it, I would love it if you shared it with others! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @makylacreates
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