LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out!!!! Thanks for sending me an awesome purple modcloth dress copy catwalk suggestion, Nishat! It ended up being a fun skirt to make. I just made it a bit longer in the front so I didn’t have to add an extra layer underneath, also making it a tad more modest. But if you want it to look super short in the front and more drape-y, then cut the angle deeper (as explained below). Anyway, I was happy to get a challenge and something non-refashion related to do….so here you go.
*If you are NOT using knit, note that you can not have a bow waist band because it can only be there if the material is stretchy, therefore knit. So, your options if you WANT the bow waistband but are using a non stretchy material (step #6) are: you have to use a stretchy material like knit for the waistband or add a zipper if the waistband (not the elastic part) will not be non stretchy. Or even more simple than that…just keep the waistband elastic exposed, just make sure to sew the raw edges of the skirt UNDER the elastic as you should be anyway.
*When you stretch the elastic after you have sewn on the gathered part, you will hear snapping of the basting stitch in the gathered fabric sections. Which is normal because it is now gathered onto the elastic. Unless you want to take out the basting stitch after you’ve sewn it onto the elastic, that is fine too.
6. Measure and cut out a waist band (This ONLY works if using knit or stretchy material for the waistband or you are planning on installing a zipper). If you aren’t doing this in a stretchy material, then make it into a tie first, then later install a zipper. Make sure to fabric is cut so the stretch is from right to left, and make sure it is your waist size plus enough to tie a bow (an extra 3 or 4 feet). If you are doing this in knit, then you don’t have to hem the edges or sew it in a tube (but you can do either of those if you want). I didn’t. I liked how thin it was without the hemming or making it into a tie (and plus knit doesn’t fray). Make the width at least an inch or two over wider than the elastic, mine was around 5 to 6 inches wide. Find the center of the waistband and center back of the skirt, if you want the bow center front, then pin them together there. If you want it off center like mine, then move and pin the center of the waistband off center of the center back. Make sure to pin and sew the waistband, right sides together, to just under the elastic with a zig zag stitch or my favorite, a vari-overlock stitch which looks like a zig zag stitch with a flat side. Sew all the way around till there is less than an inch between the two ties. This opening will be covered once the bow is tied. Flip the newly sewn waistband up to cover the elastic and tie a bow. If you don’t want the bow, just make the waistband the exact size of your waist (as long as it can slide over you hips) and sew the band together, then follow the directions for the bow waistband. But pin the center of the waistband in front not back so the seam will be in the back.