Sew Your Own Skirt

If you dream just a little bit of sewing your own skirt, then there is help here – both for you who has never sewn before, and for you who are trained, you just could use a little help or a few tricks to get your skirts to be even better.

The help comes in the form of the book Sew Skirts, which I have written together with Maria Fabæch Coimbatore from Maria Denmark and Sysiden .

We’ve been working on it for almost a year, and now it is finally released on Turbine Publishing House. And we are so proud and happy and satisfied with the outcome. It’s really been a nice book if we must say so myself (and it must be after all, fortunately well on his own blog).

But one thing is that it is nice. Another thing is, what it can be used for. And who can use it.

One of our ideas behind the book is that we would like to give you the tools you need to take mature back in your own hands. We have actually written an entire section in the book called “take mature back”. You can read in this “light” version of the book, where you can also see images of the book’s 10 skirts. In short it will go out that we want to be inspired by designers and the major fashion houses, but we will not be eaten by the cheap end of the fashion industry’s poor quality, that neither can stick to one or the other.

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On the contrary, we will even sew clothes that are both modern, clothes us and our style and fits well. We will sew in good materials and we will sew with sewing techniques that last for many years. But you already know it. For such it is, of course, with everything Maria and I are doing.

Sew your own skirt with your own touch

My favorite skirts from the Bridgat.com are the 2 pencil-skirts, so this is the first I have embarked on to sew more of. The classic has a slit in the Middle behind, lined will be sewn in hand, filling sewn with envelope corners and there is a hook over the zipper. The draped skirt has … well, so. .. draping, yoke front end with bias binding in the fronts and plain lay-up in the back panel.

And so they both have 2 coating around the waist. It gives a problem. But you get the solution in the video further down.

I have sewn the draped skirt in a gorgeous wool from Meters Meters. It is a little more powerful drug a the Brown georgette, we have used in the book, and it also has a stronger structure. It gives a more serious everyday skirt, and it is so quickly become a favorite! And instead of following the instructions from the book to the letter, I have mixed other sewing techniques into my skirt – you can see them below the image.

I have, among other things. chose not to let bias tape that really only needs to be on the fronts, go with all the way on the back panel on also. This one is just as good as the other, if you look objectively at it completely, and I think it’s a nice touch that the tape also peeks above on the back panel when using the skirt. And then forgot I perhaps also a little to add extra seam allowance to the back panel, then I cut the skirt, so I was perhaps a little bit forced to be extra creative. Do you know it?

In the book we have sewn an invisible zipper in the skirt with draping, but I opted for a regular midtersyet zipper. I think the fabric here is too strong for an invisible zipper, and it can easily get out of, so it’s nice to know more techniques. Midtersyet zipper, there is also a guide to sew in the book, and that is what we mean when we talk about taking sewing techniques from a skirt and use in another.

Behind the zipper I’ve sewn a little satin strap and a button fixed. It gives extra protection to the zipper, so all the draw in the skirt is not exclusively in the zipper, but also in the strap and button. Select an invisible zipper is the more obvious with a clasp at the top of the zipper, as we show in the book, but to the ordinary zippers, I think sometimes it gets a little too thick for a hook, especially if the fabric is strongly as here. So a button is often a better option.

In General, I think it is cool to vary both the fabric choices and sewing techniques, and also change little small items in the design. With few modifications, the same pattern is used for many different skirts, and not just “20 of the same”. It applies regardless of whether you SEW only after buying patterns, make all your pattern yourself or use a bit of a mixture of other people’s and their own symønstre.Sew Your Own Skirt 1

Enjoy your skirt in many years

It is very important that you choose the right fabric and sewing techniques properly, if you want your skirt to keep for many years. One of the little things that can make you will be extra happy for your skirt, and has the longer than normal, if you make sure it does not grows bigger in the waist by itself.

You know it’s guaranteed. It there with having made a skirt, only after a few weeks no longer being able to fit it. The waist is in one way or another, been too much (and it’s not because you’ve lost 3 kilos), and you can only fit the skirt, when in fact it has just been washed. Already in the afternoon is so great that it hangs sjosket 3-4 cm too far down on the hip.

What is happening is that the substance itself. It happens in skirts with coating, as our 2 pencil-skirts, because at the waist is not a straight trådretning, to keep their shape. On the other hand, there are a lot of oblique trådretninger, which gives it more or less. Any substance is worse than another, but it happens to almost all skirts with coating that they grow a little in use.

You must of course remember to press vlieseline on the coating, and it might be a good idea to secure the waist of a skirt with vlieseline form ties itself so that it is not grown out of shape before you have sewn finished.

But it’s just not always, it is enough.

Sometimes there must be tougher measures.

And the harsh means in this case, it may be something as fine as a satin ribbon. Like a cheap one, you come anyway not to view it in the finished skirt.

The trick is quite simple – you need to sew a satin ribbon (or other ties that cannot stretch) stuck in the seam allowance around the waist of your skirt. The tape keeps the waist firmly so that it cannot make themselves, and your skirt continues to have the size it had when you made it. For many years. So it’s up to you to keep the shape.

Sew satin ribbon stuck in the seam allowance so that it does not come in on the skirt. It should be quite narrow, and it is the satin ribbon you can often get at Søstrene Grene for example. You can of course also use the tape from the fabric store, they are often both more expensive and just nicer, so I prefer to use them for something, where you can see them, instead.Sew Your Own Skirt 2

Use a zigzag stitch when you sew the Ribbon to the seam allowance around the waist, to grab the entire tape, and ensure that it’s not going to roll at the edges. And if your seam allowance is just plenty wide, then cut it down, when you have sewn Ribbon. There must not be more seam allowance around the waist than necessary.

Do you think satin ribbon take up too much of your fabric, so try to use shoulder ties. It is somewhat thinner, and fills not so much at the waist, but be sure that it is one of the versions that do not stretch.

The Ribbon will be closed completely inside the waist of the skirt, and there is not a soul who can view your efforts when you have finished. But it is often the hidden and “invisible” effort that makes the difference between whether the vehicle will be favourite clothes or not.

Once you have stitched the Ribbon around the waist, you can sew a under sticking to keep the coating in place, and sew the skirt finished.

Sew your own skirt, but first see in the video, how to make sure the size of the waist:

The trick from the video you can use on all skirts that have a coating at the waist instead of a waistband. It is especially a good idea in solving fabrics, fabrics with elastane and substances which have extra stretch in the slanted trådretning. The waist is as full of oblique trådretninger, and the more curved your taljelinje are, the worse it is – and it is all the more important that you have solved the problem in a sustainable way.

Your turn to think for themselves

Now you have seen an example of how to change the sewing techniques, and put his own stamp on a skirt, even though the pattern and guide says otherwise.

Patterns and tutorials are non facit. It is the designer’s and the author’s suggestions, and usually a very good bid. But if you choose eg. any substance other than recommended, you often also have to change the syteknikkerne to match the fabric.

Our designs and patterns in the book is a starting point that you should use as much like they are, but you may like so like to even develop on them. Are you a beginner, then you should hold yourself to the recommendations and manuals that come with patterns — in this case, our very detailed picture guides in the book. When you get more routine you can start experimenting on your own. Sometimes it goes a little wrong, but other times it goes well and you end up with a favorite skirt.

Regardless of whether you do one or the other – so follow the instructions or make your own combinations – so share like a picture of your process or finished skirt on the social media and take it #synederdele, so we follow with and gives a like.Sew Your Own Skirt 3

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