Up the glam factor at festive gatherings with Hannah Silvani’s statement skirt.
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Already shopping for an outfit to impress at all this year’s Christmas parties? Spend an afternoon with your sewing machine instead and whip up Hannah’s surprisingly easy skirt – you don’t even need a pattern as you’ll use your own measurements, adjusting the length to suit.
This skirt’s got metallics, velvet and pleats covered. Just add a simple black top and heels, accessorise with a bright clutch and a slick of red lipstick, and you’ll be party-ready in no time. See you on the dance floor!
- Gold pleated fabric, 1m (1yrd) (we used gold crumple accordion pleated pleuche fabric from www.ivyverynice.etsy.com)
- Black elastic, 1m (1yrd), 5cm (2″) wide
- Matching sewing thread
How to make the skirt
Measure around your waist at the narrowest point. Multiply this by 1.5 to get your fabric width measurement, then measure from your waist to the finished length you’d like your skirt to be for your fabric length measurement.
Taking care not to stretch the pleats, and with the pleats running down the length of your skirt, cut the fabric to size, then cut a piece of elastic 10cm (4″) shorter than your waist measurement.
With fabric right side (RS) up and using a basting stitch, sew two lines across the top of your skirt – one 1.5cm (5/8") from the edge and one 1cm (3/8") from the edge.
Holding the ends of your threads from these lines of stitching, gently pull and begin to gather the width of your skirt. Continue until your skirt width measures the same as your length of elastic, being careful not to snap the threads.
Pin your elastic to the top edge of your skirt, both with RS up and overlapping the skirt and elastic edges by 2cm (3⁄4"). Using zigzag stitch, sew along the width of the skirt, 1.5cm (5⁄8") up from the bottom edge of the elastic. Snip out your basting stitches.
With RS together, pin your skirt along the side seam edge. Sew together along the length using a 1.5cm (5⁄8") seam allowance.
To hem your skirt, fold the bottom edge over to the wrong side by 1cm (3⁄8") twice, pin in place, then sew.
About Hannah Silvani
Hannah has always enjoyed making, and at the moment she’s on a mission to sew an entirely handmade wardrobe. One half of The New Craft House, Hannah works alongside pal Rosie creating crafty tutorials as well as their range of DIY kits.