Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
- Measuring Tape
- pattern making paper (I use packing paper)
- fabric (I can't remember if I got 1/4 or 1/2, whatever it was, I had plenty)
You will probably need a quick Geometry Recap to do this on your own skirt.
Smart people might be able to look at the diagram/equations and know how to do it. For the rest of us, here are some step by step directions to follow. I put my measurements in parentheses.
- Measure the circumference of the hem. -Lay the dress flat and measure the length of the hem from one side to the other. This is equal to 1/2 of the circumference of the skirt. (33"). Multiply it by 2 (66") to get the whole circumference.
- divide the circumference by 3.14 or pi to get the diameter (21")
- Divide the diameter by 2 to get the radius (10.5")
- Make a string pen compass- Tape some yarn around a pen (Pictured below) and make a mark from the pen to the length of your radius. (10.5") Tie a knot.
- Add the length of your flounce to the radius. I added 6" (16.5") and I think I could have added up to 9" if I wanted to. Also, don't forget that about 1-2" will be used as a seam allowance and hem.
- Make a mark on your string pen at the new radius length. Tie a knot over the mark.
- Flatten out your pattern making paper. If it is not long enough, just tape a few sheets together.
- fold it in 1/2 and make a crease down the fold.
- Hold the first knot of your string pen at the base of the fold and use the pen like a compass to make a semi-circle
- Double check the length with a tape measure to make sure that it is the same all the way around. If it is not, make the correct length in about 8 different places around the semi-circle and go back around with your string pen making sure to hit those points.
- Repeat steps 10 and 11 for the second knot in the string,
- Lay your measuring tape to be parallel with the bottom of the paper and draw a line across it. This is your grain line. The pattern needs to be cut on the bias so it will lay correctly.
- Cut your pattern out of the paper. It should look like this.
- pin your pattern to your fabric making sure the grain lines match up with the directions the threads are going in the fabric.
- cut out the fabric
- sew the side seems
- fold over the top edge about a 1/4" and press all around. (This will help make sure the fabric doesn't unravel in the wash.
- Pin the fabric to the existing skirt and make any side seem alterations that might be necessary if it doesn't fit well.
- Sew the flounce to the skirt
- fold up the bottom edge if the fabric about a 1/4", press and fold over again, press and pin.
- Sew the hem into place and you are done.