Make a Gathered Skirt in Under Two Hours

Edited by Robbi, Lynn, Eng, Christine dela Cruz

Creating your own custom skirt is not a difficult project. You can create a simple gathered skirt in only a few hours of work, without any unnecessary stress. Using good materials such as velvet or silk, you can create a gathered skirt that is suitable to wear to a very dressy event.

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If you wish to have one that is suitable for wearing around to garden and so on, you can quite easily create one from denim or cotton. Just remember to be patient with your project, and keep your fingers clear of the sewing machine needle.

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Materials Which are Necessary to Make a Gathered Skirt

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    Cloth measuring tape
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    Scissors
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    Sewing Machine
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    Pencil
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    Elastic
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    Iron
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    Cloth (see below for measurement instructions)
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    Matching Thread
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How to Make a Gathered Skirt

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    Use the measuring tape to measure around your waistline
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    Do not "suck it in" while measuring
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    Write this number down, then multiply it by 1.7
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    This will be the length, in inches, that you need for the cloth of your skirt.
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    Cloth width comes in predetermined widths, normally 35, 45, and 70 inches
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    If you want your skirt to be longer than 35 inches, make certain you buy cloth that is at least 45 inches wide.
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    Wash and dry your cloth
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    Iron it flat when done. This pre-shrinks the cloth to make it fit better.
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    Turn the cloth sideways, so the pre-determined width of the cloth will now be the length, and the measured length will now be the width
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    Work with the cloth in this direction from here on out.
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    Measure the cloth to the ultimate desired length plus three inches
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    Mark this length with a pencil. Cut.
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    Turn this end up 1.5 inches and iron the fold in place
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    When finished, fold it up a second time and iron again. Sew this into place to form the skirt hemline.
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    Set your sewing machine to its widest possible stitch
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    On the top of the skirt, sew the flat material 1/2 inch from the edge in a straight line. Repeat this process again another 1/2 inch down the fabric. Leave long string ends on both sides of the material.
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    On one end of the cloth, firmly grip the string ends from the back, and begin sliding the material up on the string
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    If the material doesn't slide, you are holding the wrong string.
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    Slowly slide the material into a gathered state that is four inches longer than your waistline.
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    Cut a strip of material four inches longer than your waistline and five inches wide
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    Fold the cloth so that the patterned sides are facing each other. Iron this fold in place and sew. Turn the tube inside out and run your elastic through it. This is the waistband.
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    Line up the sewed edge of the waistband so that the gathered part of the skirt is behind it
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    Sew the waistband in place.
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    Try the skirt on and hold the edges together to determine where the correct fit will be for you
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    Mark this location on the skirt.
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    Fold the skirt so that the patterned sides are against each other and line up the edges
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    Trim the waistband so that it is the same length as the skirt edges. Sew the skirt edges together and finish with an overlock stitch.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Lynn, Robbi

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