Looking for the perfect Spring sewing project? Whether it’s for Easter or Passover or just for fun, this floral brocade wrap skirt is a perfect sewing solution for what to wear this season! Use your own measurements to customize this DIY tutorial and get a perfect fitting, pleated, wrap skirt perfect for work, play or any other occasion.
Spring is a-comin’, my friends! I’m gonna pretend for a second that Spring equals sunshine and welcome heat after a frigid winter like for so many of you…instead of it being the precursor to a hellish summer that we get to look forward to here in Phoenix.
Regardless of your Spring weather, nothing says happy like a bright floral print skirt! I snatched this brocade at my favorite local haunt (SAS fabrics for you Phoenix locals) and almost immediately knew that I wanted to make a fun, simple skirt with it. (Because skirts are life. Second only to dresses, obviously)
I did some simple draping on my dress form and decided that I’d make it a wrap skirt with a button closure and a couple of eye-catching pleats in front. The great thing about this skirt is that it can easily be made to fit a multitude of sizes and even adjusted for weight gain or loss by moving the button an inch or two.
**This is a bit of an intermediate sewing tutorial. If you’re looking for a super simple beginner-friendly skirt DIY, check out this one!
NOTE: My skirt would fit a waist measurement of 31-36″, depending on where I put the button. If you’re significantly larger or smaller than this, be sure to add or subtract a few inches at the waist.
1.5 yards heavy weight fabric (brocade, crepe-backed satin, twill, canvas, etc)
1.5 yards coordinating bias tape
1 matching button
1. Measure your waist make note of it. Cut out 3 skirt panels per the following:
1 back panel (22″w x 25″h), 1 large front panel (24″x x 25″h) and 1 small front panel (10″w x 25″h)
**Don’t cut your waistband pieces just yet! Save them for step 7.
2. Gradually taper in the tops of your skirt pieces as noted below. You’ll be tapering the tops of both side of the back but only ONE side of each of the front pieces: the RIGHT side of the main front piece and the LEFT side of the smaller front piece (right side of fabric UP!). This will let the skirt side seams more naturally contour to the curves of your body. I tapered these sides in by about an inch.
4. Now we need to add darts to the back piece! Wrap the skirt around your body or a dress form and hold side seams in place at the side of your body. Form darts by pinching excess fabric in the top of the back piece in two places and pin. Distribute excess fabric equally between two darts. Sew darts beginning at the top of the back piece and down about 6 inches. The length of the dart will depend on the length between your waist and the fullest part of your hip (bum). Press darts towards center. (see diagram below)
5. Wrap skirt around yourself again and ensure side seams are in place; adjust darts if necessary. Hem raw edges of both front pieces.
6. Pleat main front piece near the raw edge as much as desired. I created 2 pleats, each measuring about 2″ wide (see illustration below: fold the dotted lines towards the solid lines to create pleats).
Pin in place and baste pleats along top raw edge. I also topstitched down each pleat, close to the fold for about 3 or so inches. This helped my thicker fabric lie a bit flatter.
7. Now on to the waistband! Measure your main front piece along the top, now that the darts are in place.
Cut 6 slightly curved waistband pieces (3 exterior and 3 lining):
TWO measuring 2″h x 22″w (back),
TWO measuring 2″h x (whatever the top of your main front piece measures now) and
TWO more measuring 2″h x 9″w (side front).
(see first diagram above!)
8. Stitch front waistband pieces to back pieces, as you did the skirt pieces. Repeat with the lining pieces. Sew front waistband to lining, RST, and press seam allowance towards lining. Understitch lining, close to the seam. Then stitch front waistband to front of skirt, RST, matching side seams.
9. Envelop long raw edge of waistband lining with bias tape and pin waistband closed along waistline. Stitch in the ditch on right side of garment, catching the bias tape on the inside of skirt.
10. Trim short ends of waistband if needed (leave an extra 2.5″ of overhang on main front piece). Then fold in short raw edges of waistband and topstitch in place. Install buttonhole in main front piece, in that few inches that extend past the skirt. Try on skirt again and mark where to install your button. Sew on button and you’re DONE!
NOTE: I also tacked down the main front piece to the side front piece (about 5-6 inches of stitching) so that I didn’t have to worry about flashing people at church 🙂
Depending on how far your top front piece overlaps the side front piece, you also might need an additional button at the edge of this piece to keep it in place.
Let me know if you try this tutorial out! I’d love to see what you make.