Featured: Wrap Skirt by Charlotte Russe
Cut for a gracious A-line sweep, this pretty printed lined skirt reverses to a solid colour for double the dressing options. Great for travel or everyday wear, this easy wrap style design, similar to this one from Charlotte Russe, is a simple drafting project with a very forgiving fit.
You will need:
- Fashion fabric A *
- Fashion fabric B *
- Fusible interfacing
- Coordinating thread
- 4 buttons, 7/8” [21.5 mm] dia., line 34
- Kraft paper
* amount required will depend upon skirt sweep and desired length.
Design Tip: Select a printed fashion fabric and choose the dominant or background colour in the surface pattern as the solid colour match for the contrast fashion fabric.
Waist – measure around narrower part of torso just above the navel.
Hip – measure around fullest part of the seat, about 9” [23cm] below waistline.
Finished Hem Length – measure vertically from waistline to desired length (see chart below)
Draw a T shape with the vertical base equal to the Finished Hem Length (FHL) and the centered horizontal top equal to ¼ of the Waist measurement (W).
Measure vertically from the top of the T shape 9” [23cm] and square across. Plot ¼ of the Hip measurement (H) and center it on this line.
Draw a tangent line by joining A and B and extend it to the hemline at C on both sides of center, as illustrated.
On the tangent line, measure the Finished Hem Length from A to D. Place the set-square at D and square a line from this point, blending smoothly into the hem. Repeat on opposite side.
For the waistband, trace top portion on skirt panel, matching sides at A and B, 5 times onto additional paper. Smooth the chevrons into a gentle curve. Draw a parallel line 1 ½” [4 cm] above the tracing. At each end, square a line upward from the tracing.
Add ½” [12mm] seam allowance to skirt panel pattern and the waistband pattern. Grainline is the centerline.
Cut 5 panels for each fabric. **
Cut 2 waistbands in contrast fabric.
Cut 2 interfacings for waistband.
** Note: Select fabrics in compatible weights and fiber content to allow for simple maintenance care.
- Iron fusible interfacing to wrong side of waistband pieces following manufacturer’s directions.
- Turn under the bottom edge seam allowance on one of the waistband pieces and press flat.
- With right side facing together, align and match raw edges of the waistband and pin/baste together. Stitch up the two short ends and the top edge of the waistband. Trim corners and grade seam allowance. Turn waistband right side out and press flat. Set aside.
- Pin/baste 2 pair of panels matching at A, B, and D with right sides facing together. Sew and press seams open.
- Align and match each pair on sides of remaining panel at A, B, and D and sew together. Press seams open. Set aside.
- Repeat STEP 4 and 5 for contrasting skirt panels.
- With right side facing together, layer the set of skirt panels and align outer edges. Pin/baste and sew the perimeter edges, leaving the top un-sewn. Trim corners and press seams open. Grade seam allowances to reduce bulk.
- Turn skirt right side out and press flat. Topstitch perimeter of skirt, if desired.
- Baste upper open edge together and match raw edge of waistband to top edge of skirt. Pin/baste and sew together.
- Turn all seam allowances to inside of waistband and align folded edge to machine-stitching on skirt waistline. Edge-stitch around perimeter of the waistband.
- Stitch a 1” [25 mm] buttonhole on each end of waistband. Position it ¾” [20mm] from the short end.
- Wrap the skirt around the waist to locate the placement of the buttons. At each location, sew a button on either side of the waistband (2 buttons anchored to one another) to make the skirt reversible.
- Measure the distance between the button locations to determine the location of the second set of buttonholes on the waistband. Stitch a 1″ [25mm] buttonhole.