It's May and I decided to jump into the summer skirt challenge!
This is my very first time making a gathered maxi skirt. I chose this beautiful and summery print. The fabric is a chiffon.
This is my second time working with chiffon. The first time I failed miserably, so it has taken me a long time to pick this type of fabric up again! This time around I took an online class on working with sheers. I'll include that information for you and also some tips and tricks I picked up to make this project a success.
If you saw my silk top, I mentioned some of the challenges I ran into. Since then, I took this online class on sewing with sheers and I was better prepared to deal with a sheer fabric. I do recommend taking this class if you want to take away some of the frustration of working with sheers.
Here is the back and side view:
I used an invisible zipper on the center back. I was a bit worried about how fragile the chiffon is, but I doubled it up on the center back by folding the chiffon under. This gave me two layers of chiffon, which is more stable than one. I also have a full lining on the skirt, so the lining also added some stability.
Here are some things I learned from this sewing project:
- Never cut chiffon on the fold. Only cut one layer at a time!
- Cut the fabric by placing it on top of paper. This stabilizes it and if the paper is a rectangle, you can use the edges of the paper to make sure your straight grain and cross grain are correctly aligned while cutting.
- Keeping the fabric straight while cutting! It was challenging.
- My fabric around my zipper was a bit "ruffly". Luckily for me, the skirt is gathered, so the imperfection is hidden.
I drafted a straight waistband using my waist measurement. I top stitched two rows on the top of the waistband.
This is the fabric I used. I hope you enjoyed this project! I will see you in the month of June! Are you participating in the skirt challenge!? If so, please post your skirts on Instagram using #sewcoolskirts!
See you soon!
Vatsla at Fashion Behind The Seams
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