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Coastal Curtsy Skirt Tutorial

May 20, 2015 in Projects

*Guest post by Katy Dill. This skirt tutorial originally appeared on No Big Dill.

Looks fancy, doesn't it?  Looks hard to sew, doesn't it?
Little secret:  it's NOT!
I've played with ruffled fabric before, making these ruffled leggings for Divine:
and sharing my tutorial because it's more fun that way:
There are two differences between the fabric I used for the leggings and the fabric I used for the skirt tutorial:
The ruffle length is 2" instead of 1" and the fabric between each ruffle is solid, without that strip of sheerness [yes, it's a word].  Why does this matter?  Because you can use the fabric with the ruffles going 
d
o
w
n
instead of just
a     c     r     o     s     s.
I used this fabric BOTH ways on this skirt.
What you'll need for the Coastal Curtsy Skirt Tutorial:
2 yards of ruffle fabric
2" Elastic
and of course thread, 
scissors, 
and it's also nice to have your wits about you.
This skirt is entirely made of measurements.  First decide how long you want it.  I made mine a length of 26".  The waist needs to be slightly smaller than your actual waist, as it stretches.  I used the very technical and complicated procedure of holding the fabric around my waist and marking it where I felt it was just the right snugness.  
Fold 2 yards of fabric in half.  Measure half the decided waist length and mark with a pin.  This will also be your "pivot point".  Pivoting a tape measure the length of the skirt, cut a quarter of a circle, starting from the opposite side of the waist.
This is the only actual seam you will sew on the skirt.  Before pinning, make sure all ruffles are lined up and going in the same direction, toward the hem of the skirt.
Stitching from the hem, stop at the pin marked for the waist.
Zig-zag the waist band, overlapping the ends.  Line up the back of the waistband with the skirt seam, overlapping each just 1/4".
Find the center sides of both waistband and skirt by folding in half and pin in place.  Stretch both the skirt and waistband to evenly spread the remaining fabric along the elastic and pin in place.
Zig-zag stitch waistband and fold under. (You could also stitch in the ditch to keep the waistband down, but I didn't even do that on this one.) That. Is. It!
See how the ruffles are vertical in the front, but horizontal in the back?  Those are the driving features that inspired me to create the Coastal Curtsy skirt that would showcase them both [I'm all for equality].
A superb quality of this skirt: it travels well.  Wad it up and throw it in your overnight bag for your weekend getaway with your hubby and spend zero time pressing it, but look fabulous just the same!

3 responses to Coastal Curtsy Skirt Tutorial

  1. Great timing. I was going through my fabric collection yesterday and found the perfect piece for this skirt. Thanks.

  2. What sizes does the 2 yards cover? Thanks

  3. sue said on June 6, 2015

    ohhhhhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyyy goodness! I am gonna have to make up one or two (maybe even three or four) of these skirts right away. So feminine and easy to wear. Thanks tons! (and my grand daughters will look great in the leggings.)