Incorporate some contemporary fabrics seen on the catwalks into your own sewing projects next season. These fabulous fashion must haves are simple to create with the right tools.
DIY Vinyl Skirt
By Emma Jeffery
- Ideal for cutting multiple layers and all-purpose cutting through thick, heavy or slippery materials like textiles, satin, polyester, chiffon, silk, rayon and much more
- Amplify® technology senses blade separation when cutting thick fabrics and forces the blades back together for crisp, clean cuts every time — the floating blade tang transfers energy to the torsion bar which adjusts the blade to its optimal angle
- RazorEdge™ Shears feature ultra-sharp, premium-grade stainless-steel blades with a precisely honed edge that glides through fabric for clean cuts all the way to the tip
- Serrated blade edge grips slippery material for mistake-free cutting
- Exceptional comfort and control provided by thumb and finger loops with ergonomic sculpting to fit the shape and natural movement of the hand
- Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control
- Protective sheath keeps the blades safe and protected
- Length: 8"
- Lifetime warranty
- Amplify® RazorEdge™ Serrated Fabric Scissors (8")
Designed to cut thick and heavy fabrics, these premium fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades with a serrated edge to grip slippery materials for mistake-free performance.
Vinyl netting fabric for skirt outer
Jersey fabric for skirt lining
Sewing machine and thread
1. Start by cutting your outer skirt fabric. To determine the required width, measure your waist and multiply by 2. This will be the width of your fabric to use. Next, measure from your waist to where you want the skirt to fall. Add 3” to this measurement and this will be the length of your fabric used for the skirt. Cut your outer skirt fabric according to these measurements. Repeat step 1 for the lining fabric, yet keep in mind the fabric for this part can be shorter.
2. Now, begin to sew the side seam of the outer skirt fabric. Fold the fabric in half and align the short, raw edges. Pin the fabric together and sew the seam from the top to the bottom edge. Repeat this step for the skirt lining.
3. To join the two skirt pieces together, place the lining inside the outer skirt. Match up the two side seams and pin the two skirts together the entire circumference around the top edge. Sew the two skirt pieces together.
4. You'll need to construct a casing through which you will pull the elastic to support the waist. Turn the top edge of the skirt over by 1/4” and press with an iron (finger press if your fabric isn't suitable for ironing or extreme heat). Turn the skirt over again, this time by 1¼”, press (or finger press again) and pin in place. Now sew down the folded edge of the fabric but leave a 4” gap unsewn for inserting the elastic to fit around the waist.
5. Attach a safety pin to the end of a 1” wide piece of elastic and thread it through the casing in the top of the skirt. Check the sizing by trying on the skirt and adjusting the length of the elastic as necessary, to create a snug fit around the waist. Sew the two ends of the elastic together and stitch up the 4” hole.
6. To finish this DIY skirt, hem the bottom edges of the lining and outer skirt fabrics by turning them up ½” to the incorrect side and sewing. Alternatively, if you're using fabrics that do not fray you can choose to leave them unhemmed for a unique look.