How To DIY & Style Flouncy Midi Skirt

Hey crafters!

I'm back with this flouncy midi skirt just in time for spring. This time the colors are cool but rich and lets face it prints are gonna be in for awhile. Check out the design in motion by clicking the video below or this link here:

This design opens up like spring flowers, giving the senses what spring is all about. It's worth exploring rich colors once in a while but make the effort to offset it with pale colors, perfectly suited to my chilled poised outlook right now. The main focus for this design was to make it everyday and easy to wear by installing a quick zipper and to give it a versatile swiftly look. Transforming good girl to street chic using sultry accessories.

Here are the 5 pattern pieces to assist you in creating your own. You will need about 2-4 yards of fabric depending on your size measurements (based on UK size 6-18) and whether you choose to double. You may wish to double the fabric or add a dress-lining for thickness.

This design is best worn with heels or alternatively dressy flats. Because of its high waist feature, crop tops look really good

To summarise, I created this garment because I wanted to delve back to my late primary and early secondary school days where my love for the late 1940/50’s dressing began. I remember going through old photo albums displaying the styles and patterns my mum wore as a six-former and was privileged of having an older sister design for her whenever she felt like having a new piece to wear. This design definitely was a reflection to my introduction in design & sophisticated fashion features.  I was also amazed at how designs bared similarity all over the world, in terms of colour, design feature/structure, the impact of migration influencing fashion, and what we regard as in vogue present and future.

1. Spatially place the pattern pieces labelled (a-e) on the bias side of the fabric used for this project
2. Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric
3. Cut the pattern shapes out from the fabric. Avoid cutting the 1.5-2cm seam-lines and cuts should be for the left and right side of body. Note pattern: (e) requires a fold-line
4. Seam a central vertical dart to the thigh area for the front patterns (c) on the bias side. Apply darts to the left & right side
5. Use tailor pins to pin together patterns (c) in the mid centre. Stitch the front patterns (c) to create one front piece
6. Use tailor pins to pin and stitch the back patterns (d) together in the mid centre to create one back piece. Remember to leave space for the zipper
7. Double the waist band patterns (a) by placing bands together. Ensure correct sides of the patterns face each other 
8. Seam waist bands together on the shortest sides to create one long waist-line. Turn out the pattern to face correct side. Repeat this step for the back waist, pattern (b). You may wish to add a large cantered bow or leave it out.
9. Attach and seam the bottom of the front waist band, pattern (a) to the top front patterns (c) on the bias side. Ensure the waist band is attached by leaving a small spacing at the back for a back zip. Repeat this step for the back
10. Carefully pin the zip to the back of the skirt using tailor pins and then secure using a standard straight stitch hem. Carefully lock edges on the reverse side for a neat appearance
11. Select 2x patterns of (e) and create loose ruffles across the shortest edge of the patterns
12. Attach the ruffles to the skirts (front & back), seaming on the bias side to create the flounce style. Ensure the back is finished slightly longer than the front by folding in the bottom edges of pattern (e) using tailor pins. Seam using a standard straight stitch to secure the fold and finish
13. Now you should have the full back and front skirt completed, place the correct sides together. Use tailor pins to hold in place and the use a standard straight stitch to secure
14. Over lock edges on reverse side and use a needle and thread to tidy loose ends and neat appearance


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