Chevron Twirl Skirt Tutorial

Chevron Twirl Skirt Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogGet ready to be totally inspired to sew your little heart out! This Chevron Twirl Skirt is gorgeous with FABulous fabric and a sassy sash! Get ready to be in love!!

Chevron Twirl Skirt Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Chevron Twirl Skirt Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogHello Ribbon Retreat Readers! I am so excited to be here today! It has been a while since I have been here, but it feels good to be back. :)

Before I get into the tutorial today, I have a question for you. Have you ever sewn something that totally blows your mind? Like when you plan a project out in your head and it actually comes out the way you envision? This rarely happens to me. Usually my brain and my creative skills are not always on the same page. This weekend though, after sewing, I was totally feeling legit. I made a plan, carried it out, and The Chevron Twirl Skirt came to be. I have pretty much spent the rest of the week staring at Dolores (my dress form…I know I named her, which means I am attached. I love that thing!). I dressed her up and am now waiting to wear this cute ensemble this coming weekend. This skirt is too cute to not be seen by many, so I am waiting for Sunday. Got to look good for Jesus lovelies! Anyways…..I sit back, stare at my skirt, and say “Amazeballs”! I know corny, but true. I do have my nerdy moments, when I am particularly proud of myself. Now that you know how much I love this skirt and how much of a mega dork I can be (remember the whole naming my dress form thing), we can get to sharing. Today I am sharing my tutorial for The Chevron Twirl Skirt. Ready to become a legit sewing rock star yourselves? Lets get to it!

I am usually a non-pattern sewer. Something about the rules, wording, etc in those pattern directions rubs me the wrong way. I am a strict rule follower in everyday life, but when it comes to sewing I am a rebel. :) Although I may have a distaste for patterns, I simply can’t pass up those 99 cents pattern days at Joanns. They are my Kryptonite!

That being said I have acquired quite a collection. I made a promise to myself I would use those patterns this year. Well here we are 5 months into the year and finally I have used a pattern. I used Simplicity Pattern 2906, but you can use your favorite A-line skirt for your pattern as well. You would place the skirt on your fabric as I did in this tutorial. Either way, I just used the pattern for the skirt size/shape. Everything else I winged in creating the tutorial below.

Once I cut out my pattern, I placed it on my fabric, pinned, and cut. This is a simple pattern to use, since it only has two pieces for each skirt. If you are using your own skirt as a pattern, by sure to add about an inch or two for seam allowance and sewing wiggle room. Having a bit of wiggle room is always a plus, when sewing. You can always make it smaller, once you cut it, but you can’t make it bigger.

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Take your two skirt pieces (front and back) and pin the right sides together.
Sew down each side, creating your side seams.

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{excuse my lame drawing attempt, but I thought a picture might help}
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Once you have created your side seams, you need to fold and pin the waistband. You want your waistband to be thin, since you will be adding a sash to the skirt.

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Now move onto the bottom of your skirt. You have a few options when it comes to hemming your skirt. In the past I have always done the tuck, pin, and sew method. Well OH MY HECK! I tried bias tape and I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I just pinned and sewed. It gave the bottom of my skirt a professional finish. Bias Tape and I are now best friends. I will definitely be using this more in the future. My bias tape was 1/4 inch wide. I choose brown to match my Chevron Fabric.

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Now that your waistband and hem are both finished, you can move onto the sash. I am a plus size beauty, so my sash is probably longer than maybe a skinny minnie’s would be. To find out how long your sash should be, measure your waist. I did my waist multiplied by 2.5. For example if your waist is 42 inches, multiply that by 2.5 and you will get 105. You would then have a sash that is 105 inches. Make sense? I cut a strip of fabric that was 112 inches long and 6 inches wide. Fold that strip in half, with right sides touching, and pin.

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I wanted my sash ends to be angled, so I cut them. Fold your end over to create a right angel, then cut on the fold. Next sew down the side of your sash fabric. Be sure to leave an opening to pull your fabric through (see picture below).

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Chevron Twirl Skirt Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogOnce your sash is created, you need to pin it to your skirt. You can do this without a dress form, but one definitely makes it easier. I pinned the top and bottom of my sash onto my skirt, smoothing the fabric as I pinned.

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Where your two ends meet, you do not pin or sew. You need a bit of space between the two ends of your sash, so you will be able to tie your bow. I made sure the bow would work, when pinned.

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Next sew onto your skirt.

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Remember how you had that space where the two pieces of your sash met? I did a stitch straight down to reinforce my sash. I want my bow to be secured, when I am wearing it. No wonky bows allowed.

(Note: I did not sew my bow in place. I will re-tie each time I wear it)

The last thing you have to do is add your zipper. Originally I had a longer zipper, but I realized it was too long for the skirt. I opted for a 7 inch zipper I had in my stash. I put my zipper on the left side, you could also place it in the back of your skirt. Place your zipper face down on the inside of your skirt and pin.

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Next sew as close as you can to your zipper, without actually hitting the zipper. You will break your needle if you hit the metal part of the zipper. Use a seam ripper to open up your skirt (where the zipper was sewn). This allows you to open and close the zipper from the outside of your skirt. Because I sew very close to the metal in my zipper, I don’t have to fold or tuck in my raw edges. I simply cut any frayed fabric off. I test my zipper a few times to make sure it won’t snag on the fabric.

Last but certainly not least, throw on that skirt, a cute shirt, and a necklace of course…. then tell your hubby to take you out! You are looking too good to be sitting at home! Haha!

The Ribbon Retreat has a huge selection of delicious fabrics. I can’t wait to make more of these skirts. They are too fun!

Chevron Twirl Skirt Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

 Chevron Twirl Skirt Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Chevron Twirl Skirt Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Thank you so much for letting me be here today with all you lovelies! I would love to have you hop on over to Bissful & Domestic and say Hi! I love meeting new bloggy friends.
XO Danielle


Thank you Danielle. Isn’t she grrrrreat? She is a FABulous seamstress and so extremely talented. We love having her as one of our amazing Contributors, and we LOVE when she shares her fun tutorials, and her Dolores with us. :)

Danielle has shared multiple posts with us that range from Faux Roman Shades to Ruffle Christmas Trees. To view all of Danielle’s creations click here. Thank you again Danielle for being so fantastic and for sharing your “Amazeballs!” moment with us!

Isn’t that skirt so cute and perfect for summer? I love Danielle’s fabric choice, and I LOVE that sash! I also love that Danielle shared her “Aw-ha” moment with us as she created a skirt that blew her mind. I want to hear about a time that you also experienced an “Aw-ha” moment with something you thought up in your head and then executed perfectly to create the most spectacular end product. Let’s have a little “Share and Tell” with everyone and here about your moment of glory!

Have a wonderful rest of your day & Happy Creating!!
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9 Comments

  1. Posted May 23, 2013 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    I have major envy right now over this skirt Danielle!!! You did a fab job. I love the whole outfit too! I am certain you will be rocking it on Sunday for Jesus! Thanks for sharing your talent.
    Now, the question is if I send you the all the supplies plus your sewing fee will you make me one? ;)

  2. Carla
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I love it!! I think this may make me break out the sewing machine after a loooooooong hibernation!!

  3. Amy
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I LOVE this skirt! I have never put in a zipper before, so was wondering if you could provide more details…I am a bit unsure why you need to use the seam ripper to open up the skirt…maybe its one of those things that you don’t see until to actually do it, but I thought I’d ask anyway.
    Thanks!!!

  4. Posted May 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    You make it look pretty easy – great instructions! I can’t get over how cute this skirt is! I want that fabric!

    Great job Danielle!

    Kristin
    http://www.exploringdomesticity.blogspot.com

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kristin! Didn’t Danielle do such an amazing job! I agree with you, the fabric is fantastic. Here is a direct link to that fabric if you would like to snag some for yourself. :) http://www.theribbonretreat.com/Fabric/chevrons.aspx

      Thanks Kristin! Have a wonderful day.

  5. Posted May 24, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Danielle I love your skirt! The ribbon hem looks amazing! Great job!

  6. Rebecca Brewer
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Is the fabric a knit or woven? It looks woven, but I’m not sure. And I love the vertical print instead of horizontal.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you for your comment and your question. The Chevron fabric she used is a 100% High Quality Cotton Fabric. Thank you Rebecca! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle :)

  7. JPearson
    Posted April 3, 2014 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Beautiful skirt but I’m a little confused, if you sew the sash on the top & bottom of the sash how do you get the skirt on & doesn’t it interfere with the zipper? Help!!!!

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