+ DIY 20 minute chiffon gathered skirt – VDay outfit series #2

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Supplies:

2.5 to 4 yards of chiffon (sheer) fabric
2/3 to 1 yard lining fabric
1″-2″ wide elastic size of your waist
scissors, thread, sewing machine, pins

Instructions:

1.Grab at least 2.5 to 4 yards of sheer fabric. The more fabric length you have the more gathered and full it will be look. You can always take out some fabric out if it seem too puffy.
2.Cut the fabric to be the length you want plus extra few inches for the hem and the gathering, and if you are indecisive like me to decide later what length you want it. You may have to sew 2 long strips together like I did. In this case sew on of the sides together to make it a long strip.
3.Sew a basting stitch around the top of the skirt fabric
4.then pull the ends of the stitch gently, till the skirt gathers to match about the size of your waist
5. Sew the sides up to make a big tube. Then try on the skirt to determine if it was the right amount of puffiness. If it is too puffy at the waist, Cut some of the chiffon out and re gather to your waist again. Serge or sew edges with a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying because this kind of fabric will fray like crazy.
6.Now lets make the lining….You’ll need 2/3rd to 1 yard of fabric for the lining.
7.Lay out a skirt on top of the lining fabric thats folded. Then mark outwards on one side to make an A-line shape, fold down the center and cut the other side . Gently round the bottom and waist a little.
8.Sew up the sides then serge or a zigzag stitch the edges to prevent fraying which I don’t show this. then try the lining on, make any adjustments and mark where you want the hem, hem the bottom with a rolled hem of a 1/4” twice.
9.turn the skirt and lining fabric right side out and slide the lining into the gathered chiffon skirt and pin it together matching up the side seams.
10.Sew the two skirts together at the top and serge! Again I would serge or zigzag stitch the edges here to prevent the nasty fraying. I’m sorry I don’t show this!
11.Measure your waist with the elastic then Sew the two ends of the elastic together.
12.match up the sides of the elastic with the sides of the lining and skirt. remember the skirt’s waist won’t be as small as the elastic. pin.
13.Sew it together with a zig zag stitch or you can use a straight stitch as long as you stretch it while you sew.
14.Try it on again and hem the chiffon, which I did a rolled hem of 1/4” twice.

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