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DIY Linen Wrap Skirt

This wrap skirt is quite easy to make, and is also super versatile. You can make this skirt as short or as long as you like, and even make the slit curved rather than straight (like mine). I took a few shortcuts with this skirt to make it easy for anyone to complete! Another bonus is that you can make it adjustable if you like! 

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So instead of cutting out panels and then sewing them back together, I chose to sew 3 darts into the waist of the skirt - 2 either side and one at the centre back. Darts are simply tucks in the fabric that come to a point, and they will give this skirt shape and make it fitted at the waist and hips! I also chose to make it seamless; which means there are no visible stitches. This will save you trying to fold and sew the perfect hem (which can be tricky on a skirt as it curves a little). Incase you noticed in the photos above, the hem does look uneven, but this is only because the fabric crinkled and pulled at some places (which can be fixed by ironing it down!)

WHAT YOU'LL NEED//

  • Linen fabric*
  • Thread to match 
  • 1 button
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (with button foot attachment)
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing needle

*The amount of fabric you'll need will differ per person, which is why I haven't written down any specifics. To know how much fabric you'll need, take your measuring tape and measure around your waist loosely. Take this measurement, double it and then add on 5 more centimetres. Now for the length, determine how long you want your skirt by measuring down from your waist. I would add on 5 or so centimetres to allow for the seams. 

Now that you have the length and width of fabric that you need, you'll have to get double this. Linen is quite a lightweight fabric which means pretty much any colour (light or dark) will be a little see through which is why you need to get 2 x the amount. Linen is also quite an inexpensive fabric which is a bonus when you need to get double. 

Keep in mind, you may be limited in choosing the length of your skirt depending on the fabric rolls width. Because this is a wrap skirt, you may need to use the length of the roll around your waist. So say the roll of linen is 1 metre in width, that will be as long as your skirt can go if your waist measurement exceeds 1 metre when doubled. 1 metre is still a great length to play around with so don't let that stop you from making this skirt if thats the case, as its very flattering!

STEPS//

  1. First step is to cut the skirts width to fit you properly (as we got more than we needed). Starting at one hip bone (from the front), take your fabric and wrap it around your hips (not waist!!) until you cross over and meet the other hip bone. And by hip bone, I mean the bone the leads directly up from your leg, not the side of your hip. Mark this point in the fabric and then place it on a flat surface. Measure 1 cm extra on each side (allows for seams) and mark it out the whole way down the fabric with chalk or pins. Cut this out, and then place it over the left over fabric, and cut around it to make your two layers for your skirt. Put the leftover fabric aside as you'll make ties with that. 
  2. Now you have to make the darts on both fabric pieces. Wrap one fabric piece around your hips (not waist!!), from hip bone to the other hip bone and pin it so it stays. You will find that theres a big gap around your waist which is what we will fix here. Pull the fabric in to fit at both sides of your hips. Take some pins and start pinning from the top, then keep pinning downwards until you get to the edge of the fabric. Once pinned, it should look like the image above. 
  3. Once you've made darts on each side of your waist, you'll need to make one at the centre back. Do this by using the same method as above; pulling the fabric in and pinning it downwards until you get to the edge. Again, use the image above if this gets confusing.
  4.  Now you should have all 3 darts pinned on one of the pieces of fabric. You will need to do the same to the other fabric, so just re-follow the steps above. 
 All 3 darts pinned in place. 

All 3 darts pinned in place. 

5. Using your sewing machine on straight stitch, you're going to sew the darts in place. Start at the top of the fabric, and sew in a straight line downwards until you reach the end of your pinned line. Remember to reverse stitch when starting and finishing everything! Take this step slowly and ensure your line of stitch is straight and consistent the whole way down. Once you've sewn every dart (all 6), cut off the excess fabric and then finish the raw edge with a zig zag stitch to ensure it won't fray. 

6. Now its time to cut and sew your ties that will tie your wrap skirt together. Take the fabric you set aside earlier. It should be about 6cm (or more) in width, but if it is less for some reason, that is fine - it just means your ties will be thinner. Fold the fabric strip in half and cut straight down the middle. Now you have the base for your two ties! Take one tie and fold it in half and pin along the raw edge, the whole way down.If you think your ties are too long, nows the time to cut it to your preferred length - but make sure both ties are equal length. Using a straight stitch on your sewing machine, sew along the pinned edge - reversing at the beginning and end! Then enclose the raw edge with a zig zag stitch. Repeat this process with the other tie. They should look like the image below. 

7. Now that your ties are sewn, its time to turn them the right side out. Take a safety pin and pin it to the corner of a the top edge. Once pinned, push it into the gap between the fabric and keep pushing it. Once it gets to a certain point, you can pull the bunched up fabric back while you keep pushing the pin through the fabric. If this is getting confusing you could easily look up a quick video on how to do this! Once you've got the pin to the other opening, keep pulling it until the other side of the tie comes out. Now it should be right side out and the seam should be hidden inside. 

8. Once both ties are done, set one of them aside. Take the two skirt pieces and place them right sides together (with the seams facing outwards). Pin along the top edge, making sure the darts line up (if they don't line up exactly, that ok - just try to get it as close as you can). When pinning, I find it easier to pin facing upwards (like the image below) as this means I don't have to take the pins out while I'm sewing. You can easily (but carefully) sew over the pins and then take them out once you've finished that seam. 

9. Using a straight stitch on your sewing machine, sew along the pinned edge - reverse stitching at the beginning and end. Once sewn together, take out the pins and use the zig zag stitch to close the raw edge. 

10. Now its time to attach one of the ties to one side. You need to determine which side you want your tie to be on, which will also determine which leg your split will sit on. If you want your split to fall on your right leg, you'll attach your tie to the right side of the skirt, and vice versa for the left side. Choose which side you're attaching it to, and then take your tie and sandwhich it between the two skirt pieces, making sure it's sitting right at the top touching the seam you just sewed in step 9. At this point, you shouldn't be able to see your tie as its between the two skirt pieces. Leave about 0.5 cm of the tie hanging outside the fabric so you know exactly where it is sitting. It's important here that your tie is lying right along the top seam on the inside of the two fabric pieces. Once you're sure it is in place, pin it securely. 

11. Using the straight stitch setting, sew from the top of the skirt down over the tie, stopping once you've sewn over it. Then reverse back over the tie and again, sew straight down over it, stopping once you've sewn over it. This ensures it's secured as it will be pulled on a bit when you're tying your skirt. 

12. Take your skirt and turn it the right way out. You will see that your tie is sewn seamlessly into the side of the skirt sitting right at the top edge (like the image below)!

13. Now you have to choose whether you want your slit to be curved, or straight like mine. Turn your skirt inside out again so that the seams are facing out. Wrap your skirt around yourself and pin it in place so the darts line up with the side of your hips and your centre back (it is important that it sits on you perfectly for this next step). There isn't a method for creating the right slit, you'll just have to play around with it until you feel its right for you. Take the top fabric flap and fold it under, at an angle or curve then pin roughly. Do the same to the bottom flap. The bottom flap may be a little different if you have chosen straight edges - where only half is on an angle and the rest is straight. This is because your slit mayn't be that large. Now you just need to play around with the pin placing and angles or curves you've created until you've got your slit where you want it. Once you've got both flaps pinned in place, mark the edges of them both so you've got a clear angle or curve. 

14. Take the side that the tie is sitting on, and using the straight stitch, sew along the marked line (reverse stitching at both ends). Cut any excess fabric off and finish the raw edge with a zig zag stitch. Now take the other side and using some chalk, mark 1 cm up from the line (all the way along). Cut along this second line you've just created. Now using the straight stitch, sew along this flap BUT only sew half way, from the bottom edge up.

15. Turn your skirt right side out using the hole you've left in the flap. I know I said earlier that this skirt is seamless, but there is one seam that is visible, but don't worry because once you've got your skirt on, the seam on this flap will be hidden under the other flap - so really, it is seamless once its on! Now to close this opening, turn both fabric sides inwards about 1 cm and pin them together. Sew along this pinned edge with a straight stitch to get something like the image below. 

16. At this point you've pretty much completed the skirt! All thats left to do is to sew on the other tie, and sew a button and button hole. Place the other tie onto the side dart that is on the same side as the flap you just completed (the one that isn't seamless -  so the opposite side to the other tie). Fold the edge under about 0.5cm and pin it down at the top of the dart seam, like the image below. Sew along it with a straight stitch. 

17. Now its time for the button hole! Attach the button hole attachment to your sewing machine and set your machine to the right settings. You may need to read your sewing machine manual if you're unsure what these are or how to do so, as they vary depending on the machine. Once you've set it up, make the button hole on the under flap, at the top edge, like the image below. 

18. To determine where your button is to go, wrap your skirt around you and wherever the button hole falls is where your button will go, so make sure to mark this spot. Remember the button will go on the inside of the flap, so that it is hidden and also so it can go inside the button hole you just made. Take a needle and thread and sew your button to this marked spot. 

19. Last step!!! All you have to do now is to finish your tie ends properly. Simple fold the tie end under once, then once again so the raw edge is hidden and then pin, and sew with a straight stitch. Repeat this to the other tie AND YOU'RE DONE!!!! 

This skirt is very comfortable and very flattering! You can easily make it larger or smaller but tying it tighter or looser at the ties - which makes it the perfect skirt when you know your going to eat a lot! I know there were quite a few steps and some of them were confusing, so if anything didn't make sense, feel free to comment below with a question or email me! 

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