Monday, May 14, 2012

How to Make a Lined (or Reversible) Skirt

I recently purchased a new sewing pattern.  I really liked the shorts, and ultimately that's why I bought the pattern, but also was attracted to the skirts.  After making a couple of pairs of shorts I decided to once again raid my stash and make a skirt!

I wanted to add a lining to my skirt.  The cotton fabric prints, while super cute, are often rather see-through--especially in the sun!  Certainly not a very modest look.  I decided that I wanted to make the lining nice enough that it could even be considered the "right side" which would make it reversible!

The pattern that I used, view F of New Look #6354, is very simple with only four pieces: skirt front, skirt back, yoke front, and yoke back.

To add the lining simply cut another set of skirt front and skirt back.

Sew the bottom edges of skirt fronts together--with right sides facing.

Long tube of fabric before pressing seams.
Do the same thing with the skirt backs.

Press seams.  (I hate ironing.  Really hate it.  However, when sewing an iron is your best friend. Use it.  Even if you hate it like me.)

Matching hem seams sew the sides.  Start at the top of fabric one and sew all the way down the side and finish at the top of fabric two.  Repeat on the other side.  At this point you should have a long tube of fabric.

Skirt Hem -- Notice how nice and finished
both the "right" and the "wrong" sides are.
Press seams open.

Pull the bottom half of the tube over the top half with the seams neatly hidden inside.

Carefully press the hem.  Top-stitch--I kept the edge of the skirt along the very edge of the foot.

Press the entire skirt make sure that there aren't any strange bunches or wrinkles and that the two fabrics are lying together nicely.

Proceed per instructions for adding the yoke.  (I used 1.5 inch elastic and did not add a drawstring or ribbon.)

Not only am I very pleased with the resulting skirt it was a fairly frugal project--everything was either on sale, clearance, or I had a coupon.  This project cost less than five bucks.  Not bad!

First Note:
I did not make the yoke with one fabric on one side and the other on the reverse--but it would have been easy enough to do and this would make it completely reversable.  The next skirt I make I will do it this way.  I will cut the yoke in half width-wise and add a seam allowance.  Then I will continue pretty much the same way that I did when making the skirt part.
"Wrong" side of waistband.  I do think
that it is nice enough, and co-ordinates
enough that it could be worn "wrong"side out.
"Right" side of waistband.  
Second Note:
I am not an expert seamstress by any stretch of the imagination.  This is just what worked for me. There is probably a much more "proper" way to do this!

I enjoyed looking through before actually purchasing this pattern.  You can check out the reviews to this pattern here.

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  1. Lovely skirt - you did a great job!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Great job! I just started getting brave enough to sew. I've had so many failed projects, that I was really scared to try again. This looks like a fun pattern to try!

  3. Oh how I wish I could sew, but I have a panic attack anytime my bobbin gets code to empty! This is really cute :)

  4. Very cute skirt, looks great on you! I love pattern review too! Such a great place to figure out what patterns work. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize!

  5. Great project! Thanks so much for sharing at Project Queen's Link Party.

  6. Thanks for the idea! Your skirt looks lovely on you. I belong to PatternReview, but I always forget to check patterns before buying them, and have picked up some duds. I really have to remember to check, it is a great resource.

  7. Great job! I think sewing takes serious talent! Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays.

  8. I love that you can make it lined!!!! Awesome...

  9. This is awesome,you have a great talent!i would love to try something like this.

  10. Great job! Lined, that is impressive ;)

  11. Congrads with making a super practical skirt! And ... thank you for linking it up at our link party: As always, I love your ideas, and ... a brand new party will open today!


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