This long A-line skirt has a tulle-edged slip peeking out from the bottom, soft wide waistband, and back sash/bow detail. It sews up in under three hours. Perfect for a last minute holiday outfit! There will even be scraps enough to make a matching bag.
3 meters cotton or lightweight wool fabric
2 meters lining fabric for slip
2 meters tulle for slip
30 cm zipper
1/2 inch waistband elastic
A: Waist - at natural waistline
B: Hips - at fullest point
C: Waist to Hips
D: Waist to Ankle
E: Stride - take a comfortable step in your party shoes and measure front toe to back heel
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- Using the illustration or printable A4 PDF as a guide, measure directly on the fabric and cut the skirt front, back, and slip.
- You may choose to piece the waistband in three sections if your fabric has a directional pattern, otherwise cut it in one piece lengthwise from the side of your fabric.
- Cut the tulle in half lengthwise.
Sew the Skirt
- Sew the back seam together, basting at the point along the section where the zipper will be.
- Insert the zipper (centered or invisible).
- Sew the back and front of the skirt together.
- Baste along the waistline.
- Place a pin at the waist center front.
- Fold waistband in half lengthwise and iron.
- Place a pin on the waistband at the center front. From there, measure 1/2 the waist size and place pins to guide on either side of center. Also pin at the 1/4 waist measurement points; these will line up with the side seams.
- Pull up the waistline basting into light, even gathers to fit the pins on the waistband.
- Sew the waistband to skirt, matching pins and side seams.
- Iron waistband seams up, and raw edges of waistband towards inside.
- Topstitch waistband and sash from edge to edge. You may choose to mitre the ends of the sash by folding them diagonally to the inside, or leave them square.
- Hem the skirt.
Sew the Slip
- Sew the side seams together.
- Hem the bottom.
- Double fold the top to form a casing.
- Sew casing, leaving opening.
- Insert elastic into casing. Stitch closed.
- Overlap the two long tulle pieces to form one 4 meter long strip but do not sew together.
- Fold strip in half lengthwise.
- Baste along folded edge of strip.
- Try on slip. Decide where to sew the tulle so it skims the floor or hits your ankles. Mark point on slip.
- Gather tulle evenly to fit around slip.
- Sew tulle ruffle to slip.