I am so glad you simply asked, ” How did you do it?” Well, here it is. I have always admired the beautiful prints of dutch wax ankara fabric. And here was my first attempt. The next time I make one I will do a sew along for now STRETCH, Grab a bottle of water and enjoy the pictorial:
Step 1. Lay out your Fabric.
Mine was 6 yards by 48″. I wish it was 60″ but I’ll show you a work around.
Note: Try to find Ankara fabric that is 60″ wide.
Note: I attempted to use a youtube video by Nadira037 called Maxi Dress Tutorial, but mine didn’t turn out right so I improvised in the next step. (But give this a try she is amazing)
Step 2: Fold the fabric lengthwise.
Step 3: Fold the fabric over again on itself.
Step 3: Now cut in half. Yes cut in half , you will have 2 pieces of fabric 3 yards by 48″.
Note: After folding the two pieces (using the circle skirt method) it was supposed to yield two half circles.
This didn’t happen (see the sad face 😦 ) So here is where I had to improvises.
4 Take your time here. Mine was perfect YAY!!!!
Step 4: Pin the two pieces of fabric together. And sew together using you sewing machine or your serger.
Note: Make sure you line up your patterns. The fabric may be not be as approximate but that’s fine. It more important to have the patterns match.
Note: I used pins as this fabric was stable, but you can also use binder clips which are a staple in my sewing projects.
Here is the wrong side of the fabric. You can see the pattern perfectly lined and serged.
Note: Basically your are making one
wide, very wide EXTREMELY WIDE piece of fabric.
Note: This was definitely a project that you will on the floor cutting and pinning and folding. Stretch First! lol
5 Success!!! See the happy face.
Step 5: Now you can fold your new custom-width-fabric using the infamous circle skirt method.
Note: This way I achieved my desired length.
Note: Save ALL of your scrap material. This will be used for the waist band and the hem ( I made my own bias tape…that took hours, but the finishes are important to me).
Note: You will end up with a full circle skirt.
Step 6: Find where you like the back and cut the entire length of the skirt to be able to insert a sipper.
Note: Step 6 not pictured Sorry
Step 7: Cut out your waist band.
Note: Not pictured, but I made mine the circumference of my waist X 4 inches. I cut two pieces with those measurements
Note: I used Pellon (a fusible heavyweight stabilizer) for stability and then serged the band on all sides.
Note: Then I attached the band to the skirt starting at center front. I used the sewing machine for this part adding a top stitch.
8 ooooh Im getting good with zippers. yay
Step 8: Add your sipper. I used a regular foot, but I’d suggest a zipper foot.
Step 9: Hem your skirt with what ever method you choose. I swear by making my own bias tape to hem using a band of fabric. I think my turned out to be 3 inches by several yards. I stopped counting the length of the hem after the first 2 hours. lol