Summer Sewing No. 4 – Twisted Skirt

I have another Summer Sewing project done. Yay! This twisted skirt is number 4 on my Summer Sewing list. I have started on the shorts (which will need a lot of fitting) and the floral dress (which just has so many pieces!!) but I needed something I could finish in one day last weekend so I decided to whip out this skirt. It's another striped garment, the third and final in the bunch. I must like stripes quite a lot!

The pattern is Burda Style Twisted Skirt 06/2012 #123 and available for free download. It's more a tutorial than a pattern really. You'll need to draft the pattern yourself which is fairly easy because it's just rectangles. This skirt is really easy and fun to make. It would make a good beginner to intermediate project.

The fabric I used is a cotton with a little bit of stretch and tiny blue and gold pin stripes. It was very easy to work with. I've been trying to find just the right project for this piece of fabric or quite a while. I didn't have much to work with and this skirt turned out to be a perfect fit.

The only notions you'll need are an invisible zipper and a hook and eye or snaps for the waistband. My zipper came courtesy of my friends at Kollabora. It's the perfect size and color for this project. Thank you Kollabora!

The instructions are a little sketchy (probably translated into English). So, I've written out my interpretation in the hopes that it will be of some help to you. Instead of using ribbon for the waistband, I cut a waistband from the skirt fabric.

I cut a size 40 (equivalent to US 8) as below:

Fashion Fabric: Cut 2 pieces 30 x 23.5 inches (width x height)
Lining Fabric: Cut 1 piece 40 x 15.75 inches
Waistband: Cut 1 piece 33 x 4.5 inches
(This will make a finished WB of 31 inches by 1.75 inches with a 1 inch overlap, using a .5 inch seam allowance.)
Interfacing: Cut 1 piece 33 inches x 4.5 inches


Step 1:
Cut fabric and lining. Finish edges. Cut waistband and adhere interfacing.

Step 2:
With right sides together, stitch right side seam of skirt.

Step 3:
Stitch zipper to left upper edge of skirt. Stitch left side seam of skirt. (Need help stitching an invisible zipper? Check out this tutorial from Colleterie of this video on Kollabora.)

Step 4:
Stitch left side seam of lining, leaving an opening for zipper at top. (There's only one side seam on the lining because we only cut one large piece.)

Step 5:
Mark center front and back of skirt and lining at both top and bottom edges. Stitch long basting stitches at top and bottom of skirt and top of lining for gathers.

Step 6:
Stitch bottom of skirt and lining together. Make the twist by matching left side seam of lining to center front of skirt, right sides together. Pin skirt to lining at the remaining markings. Gather fabric to fit lining. Stitch. Turn wrong sides together.

Step 7:
Fold waistband in half lengthwise and stitch short sides together, squaring off the corner on one end for one inch, making the tab. Mark right side and center of waistband. (See my pleated skirt tutorial for an illustration of a waistband.)

Step 8:
Pin skirt and lining to waistband matching centers and sides. Gather skirt and lining to fit waistband. Baste. Then stitch. Trim seam allowance. Fold waistband right side out.

Step 9:
By hand, stitch down inside of waistband and stitch lining to zipper tape.

This will be a really fun skirt to wear this summer. It's a little bit fancy with a big helping of casual, perfect for SoCal summers.

Here I've paired it with: 
My DIY Tassel Necklace
Vintage Straw Hat (similar to this and this)
Resin Cuff (similar to this and this)
Polka Dot Blouse from H&M
Woven Sandals (similar to these and these)

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