Make Your Own Tweed Skirt

If you're interested in making your own clothes or ready to try something new in sewing, making your own tweed skirt could be your next sewing project.

When you're preparing to make your own tweed skirt, the steps you'll take to prepare for this are very similar to what you'd do to make almost any skirt or article of clothing--you'll need to take measurement, cut the right amounts of fabric, and try the skirt on as you go.

Before you purchase the tweed, you'll have to take your own measurements or have someone measure you. Make sure you know how long you want the skirt to be, and how wide you want the skirt to be at the botton (i.e. whether or not you want a flare). Take your waist measurments right over the pelvis bone where the skirt will sit, and take hip measurements as well. Your measurements should be a couple of inches more than your actual size, so that extra cuts in the fabric won't make the skirt too small; and when you're pinning the fabric together before sewing, you'll know how much to take in, or whether or not you need to add additional fabric. Once you make these measurments for yourself, apply the same figures to the tweed so that you can begin making your skirt. If you're unsure about the pattern you want to sew your skirt in, you can order a variety of skirt patterns online, or you can purchase patterns and sewing instructions for your skirt at your local fabric store.

After you've purchased your fabric and have your measurements, you should fold your fabric into two equal pieces, and use a chalk liner to mark your measurements. If you're not using a store-bought pattern, you can use some standard measurements to sew a skirt that will fit. The fit may be a little loose, so you may want to go online for free pointers or tips before you complete the final project, and continue trying the skirt on throughout the process to make sure you're on the right track. The shapes you draw into the first peice of the fabric should be the top of the skirt dmeasurement divided by two, the height between the hips and the waist plus an additional three or four centimeters, and the hip measurements, divided by two--then add five to this number.



Next, you'll need to cut your shapes out of the fabric. The larger pieces of fabric will make up the actual skirt, and the smaller pieces will be the waistband. Then, pin the right sides of the waistbands an skirt pieces together. You should do this for the other side of the skirt as well. Be sure to press all the seams, and pin the pieces together and try the skirt on pinned before sewing. You should add extra elastic in the waist if you don't want the skirt to have a zipper, or you can pin and sew a zipper either on the side or in the back of the skirt.

If you want ruffles or additional fabric at the bottom of the skirt, measurements for the bottom of the skirt can be used for this as well. Pinning the additional fabric to the skirt to see how it will look before you sew is a definitely a good idea.

While you're working on your project, it's a good idea to look at finished models of tweed skirts so that you can get an idea of what the skirt should look like when you're finished; you can also get ideas on what you think you'd like to change about your original vision of the skirt. And don't worry if your skirt doesn't exactly come out perfect after you're finished. You can always undo a seam, or just try again. Like most things in life, when it comes to sewing,practice makes perfect.

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