Wrap skirts are seriously underrated as a modest yet fun go-to that is easy to sew. This design by Amanda Walker boasts repeating panels that are joined together without fuss, making this ideal for newbie stitchers. Use excess fabric to make a covered button to give your skirt an extra professional finish. Heavyweight cotton is a great fabric choice as it’s a breeze to work with, yet won’t leave you standing like Marilyn Monroe in an updraft.
- Heavyweight cotton (140cm wide), 2m
- Lightweight fusible interfacing, 20cm
- Buttons, two
- Cutting lines for sizes 8-16, adjust the fit with button position
Front: cut one pair from cotton and one pair (edge only, see template) from interfacing Side: cut one pair from cotton Back: cut one on the fold from cotton Waistband: cut one each from cotton and interfacing Front edge facing: cut one from interfacing
1.5cm seam allowance used throughout.
Stitch a wrap skirt
1 Download the template and cut out as indicated in the cutting guide. Match one front piece to a side panel, right sides together. Pin and sew along one long edge. Repeat with the remaining panels, joining the back panel in the middle to create one wide, flat piece. Trim and press the seam allowances open.
2 Fuse interfacing to the open edge of each front piece on the wrong side, then fold and press along the marked facing lines to form the facings. Press interfacing to the wrong side of the waistband. Fold in by 1.5cm along one of the long edges and press. Pin the other long edge of the waistband to the top of the skirt, leaving the seam allowance protruding from each end.
3 Sew the waistband in place, then tuck each end back on itself to neaten, aligning it with the facing fold. Stitch across, then trim the excess fabric from the seam allowance before turning the waistband over to the right side. Edge or slip stitch the lower waistband edge in place by hand.
4 Lay the skirt flat with the wrong side facing up, then stitch it yourself! fold and press a 5mm hem along the bottom and edge stitch across. Make a buttonhole in the waistband above each edge of the left-hand front panel, and sew corresponding buttons in the band above the opposite front panel, wrapping the skirt around your waist to determine their position.