Watch and Learn Grasshopper - No-Pattern Sequin Skirt Tutorial
It’s been quite some time since I added a post in the “Watch and Learn Grasshopper” section. I guess this one would be much more interesting for many fashion and sewing enthusiasts ‘cause it’s a very easy-to-sew project and the best part is, there’s no need for a pattern!
- 1/2 meter jersey (for sizes 0-12); (1 meter for larger sizes)
- 1/2 meter sequin fabric (for sizes 0-12); (1 meter for larger sizes)
- a sewing machine (well…!)
- jersey needle (for singer it’s 90/14 with 5 UN)
- measuring tape
- a good music!
1 - Measuring:
- measure your waist. (for ex: for size 8 it’s 70 cm)
- your fabric’s waistband is: waist / 2 +1 = 39 cm
- measure your hips. (for ex: for size 8 it’s 94 cm)
- your fabric’s hip size: hips /2 + 1= 48 cm
2- Cut your fabric according to this measurement (2 front; 2 back pieces)
3 - Pleats:
Measure 10 cm from your waistband and pin it. The width of each pleat should be 1 cm and the height should be 10.
(Don’t worry about getting it right too much. The extra strechy fabrics would cover up your sewing flaws.)
If you don’t know anything about sewing pleats, check out this tutorial: Sewing a Basic Skirt
4 - Sew front and back pieces for both fabrics. Now you should have 2 seperate skirts.
Since we’re using quite elastic fabrics, there’s no need to use a zipper. So life’s much easier for many novice seamstresses right now :).
5 - Now stitch the jersey and sequin skirts together from waistband.
6 - Fold the jersey skirt onto the seam allowance of the waistband. Pin it from the right size of sequin skirt.
Once you fold and pin the waistband neatly, you can machine stitch it.
7- Now we have a yoga skirt waistband. The hem of the jersey skirt is left shorter than the sequin skirt. It’s important to keep it shorter in order to get a neat look on the hemline when it’s all finished.
8 - I don’t stitch the skirt hems together ‘cause due to different streching qualities of the fabrics may end up having a crooked look when you put it on.
In other words, when sequin streches horizontally, the jersey streches both horizontally and vertically.
So, do not seam the hems together, but make sure you try it on before you close the hemlines.
Now it’s time to style it with different tops and take very cool photos! (the most important part…)
Cool photo 1: Let’s go shopping… (click here for the silver top)
Cool photo 2: Let’s go to a wedding… (post about the corset top is coming soon :D)
Cool photo 3: Let’s go to the office… (nope, I did not sew the sweater!)
Well, if you’re too lazy about sewing your own sequin skirt feel free to purchase one of these:
Zara 80 USD (mine’s better…)
TopShop 90 USD (mine’s better...)
Victoria’s Secret 98 USD (mine’s better…)