Hello 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.
Sew down each side, creating your side seams.
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).
Once 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.
(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.
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!
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.
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!!