29.3.13

DIY Twisted Jersey Skirt

Happy Good Friday, and greetings from the bottom of Western Australia!  I am currently in Albany (preparing for Winter back in Perth so it seems) but that doesn't mean I can't deliver you some DIY goodness whilst we're abroad.  I also now have a Spotlight store within 5 minutes from my house, so I really have no excuses...

Plus it's the long weekend so that means extra DIY time if you're home alone like me!

Anyway, as alluded to in my recent loot post featuring part of my haul from Witchery, here's another DIY project for you to try out.  Initially my plan was to do quite a lot of cutting and sewing to achieve the gathered effect of the skirt (which is also now sold out - what a bummer!), but Fashion Eggplant's Alexander Wang jersey skirt tutorial made it a hell of a lot easier!  You could even technically do this without a sewing machine if you were patient.  

It took me a little while to get my head around the instructions on Fashion Eggplant, but it finally clicked in my head and the result of her tutorial was great!  This link takes you to a pdf of the instructions as per Fashion Eggplant's site, illustrated by me.  Hopefully it makes sense!

DIY: TWISTED JERSEY SKIRT

You will need:
1.5m of jersey fabric (or at least enough to wrap around your waist twice)
Scissors
Elastic for the waistband
Sewing machine 

1. Cut out your fabric.  The length should be double your desired skirt length, plus a bit more to account for bunching.

Le Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang Witchery

2. Fold the fabric in half (so the width is preserved but the length is shortened), with the good side of the fabric facing inwards.  Mismatch the ends as per the picture below and in the pdf instructions - the more of a discrepancy there is, the more twisting the skirt will have.  I recommend at least a quarter of the width to get some good-going twisting!

Le Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang Witchery

3. Sew the top edge together, then turn the tube you've created inside-out.

Le Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang WitcheryLe Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang Witchery

4.  Sew another seam on the top edge (see picture below), making sure you leave enough space to cram your elastic through for the waistband.

Le Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang Witchery

5.  Fold the tube of fabric in half & mark out where your side seam will go by tracing an existing skirt for reference.  Sew the side up!  But make sure you leave a small gap so you can insert the elastic waistband.

Le Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang Witchery
Le Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang Witchery

6.  Measure your elastic and thread it through the gap for the waistband you made earlier.

Le Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang WitcheryLe Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang Witchery

Et voila!

You can arrange the twists in the skirt to make it more or less gathered.  An easy, comfy wardrobe addition!

Le Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang Witchery
Le Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang WitcheryLe Fanciulle DIY twisted jersey skirt Alexander Wang Witchery

Here's the pdf link again if you were all like "huh???" whilst trying to follow just the photos.  And here's Fashion Eggplant's post for even more information!


xx T
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11 comments:

  1. Ah it looks amazing! I wish I could sew properly!

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  2. Amazing!
    Francesca from http://everydaycoffee23.blogspot.it

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  3. That's so clever! I can't wait have a go at making it :)

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  4. That looks awesome must try making this soon

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  5. I am amazed by everything you do.

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  6. Great! Thank you so much I searched for an instruction so long an now I can do it!!

    Lots of Love, SAMOROUS

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  7. Hey thanks for this! I saw this kind of skirt for 45 euros, sew it myself and got it under 10 euros. =D

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  9. Question: can you clarify something?? You write that we need to fold the fabric in half and use an existing skirt to mark the side seam. Does this seam actually become the "back seam?" I'm struggling with the visual. I'm sorry. Any clarification would help.

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  10. Very nice. I made this from the other blog instructions last year & it took a lot of head-scratching to figure out. Now I want to make another one but your PDF link doesn't work!

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