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« on: April 22, 2004 02:19:05 AM »

I've been looking for a plus sized wrap skirt pattern for about a week with no success. I got to thinking, and there has GOT to be a way you can make one without having to use a paper pattern. You know, just measure here and here, put tie here. I'm an extreme sewing newbie, but I figure I could make a wrap skirt.

One of my friends from a long time ago had the most perfect wrap skirt ever. It was ankle length, and tied on the side, at the hip. It wasn't lined, there weren't any darts or anything, just very very simple. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2004 05:43:37 AM »

huh...i don't see why not.  all my wrap skirts start at one hip, go across my tummy and back around to where it started where there's an inside tie or button, then continues to "wrap" around to the other hip where it ties or buttons off.   i guess if you measure yourself like that and add on some seam allowance it should work.  you might want to test it out with some cheapie fabric first to make sure the fabric falls right.

« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2004 08:52:06 AM »

I made an 'emergency' wrap skirt for my best friend the night before Halloween.  (BTW, she is plus sized, and I am not, so I had only measurements to go by.)  Fortunately this sort of skirt is very forgiving and easy to make.

I had her measure her waist and the distance from her waist to her knee.  Say the waist is 40 inches and the waist to knee is 20.  You want your skirt (so it can wrap) the distance around the waist plus half again as much.  In  this example:  40" (waist) + 20" (extra wrap) = 60".

I was working with a smaller piece of fabric so I had to cut an extra piece for the 60 inches and add it to my skirt.  You also will want a few extra inches for seam allowances.  Remember, you can always cut a little off or make a deeper hem, but if it is too short you are stuck.

So, 60" measurement, plus 4 inches for safety.  20" is the length I wanted, plus 4 inches for safety.  Cut yourself a rectangle of fabric (by this example) 64" long and 24" wide.

Now, you need to finish all of the edges.  Make a 'hem' on all 4 edges (make your hem about 1 inch wide, and tuck in the unfinished edge and catch it in your stitching:  a blind hem).

Take your skirt and wrap it around you.  I put 2 darts in my skirt, 1 inch wide and about 4 inches long.  Take a tuck 1 inch wide and then sew on an angle until you hit the edge of the fabric, you want about a 30 degree angle.  I made the darts in the back right about (this will sound funny) where your kidneys are.  Got that?  The darts make the skirt fit much better, and they only take a couple of minutes.

Then wrap your skirt around you with the darts all finished.  If your front (wrap) piece is too long, you can just shorten it by taking another hem.  If the skirt goes too far down, you can just shorten that, too.  Put fasteners on your skirt.  I used snaps, you can use a button if you want to do a button hole, or a frog closure or whatever.

If I didn't explain anything clearly, go ahead and ask...I have some basic sewing experience so I just kind of played it by ear as I went along.  Because it's such a forgiving style, I just made it with extra room and then installed the closures once I had a chance to try it on my friend.  (And if you should ever need to, you can make the skirt smaller or larger by simply moving the closures!)

Good Luck!

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2004 12:20:32 PM »

I'd actually reccomend making it more of a trapezoid.... waist size 1 and a third your waist and the hem twice your waist, and whatever langth you want it.....that way it will be easier to walk in.

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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2004 01:33:48 PM »

If you use a semi-doughnut of cloth, your skirt will hang really nicely.  Make the inner part of the doughnut 1 and 1/3 times your waist, as shade_n_shadow suggested,  and then extend the sides down and out, as long as you want it to be, and then curve the bottom hem to match the waist curve.  The larger the bottom curve, the wider your hemline will be, and the more swingy your skirt will be.

If you make a sash-like waistband, that extends maybe two feet from the edges of the waist on both sides, and then a buttonhole at some sensible place on the waist, you'll have a very easy to adjust skirt that ties at your waist. Please feel free to email or pm me if you need any help!

(make a doll-sized mock-up first, maybe!)



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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2004 10:41:21 AM »

Thank you everyone! I'll have to try out your ideas when I get some muslin and see what I can come up with!
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