Modifying a Pattern into a Trendy Skirt
So I am in love with asymmetrical skirts right now and have been dying to make one but sometimes I get a little “self drafting” lazy and really just want to find a pattern that has exactly what i am looking for, that rarely happens. I am not sure what the deal is but a lot of times commercial patterns come close but never close enough, so I went on a search to find a pattern that I could easily modify into what I wanted and I gotta tell you, I probably spent more time searching then it would have taken me to draft the damn skirt myself, lol!
I finally came across B5706 View C and a light bulb came on! I new I could easily turn this dress pattern into the skirt I wanted and therefore decided that i would document what i did so you guys can see that sometimes you just need to look beyond the pattern to find a gem! I did not do a complete tutorial but I photographed the most important steps and will use the labels below to explain in more detail the picture/step.
B5706 View C Modified!
Step 1: I cut the tissue pattern at the waist line printed on the pattern and cut the size 8 (cut the size you would normally cut if you were making the original dress) Then I laid my pattern on some paper and drew the outline of the pattern so I had a clear view of the original and could just adjust what I wanted while having a good view of the original.
Step 2: I measured up 2.5″ from the CF hem and using my curve ruler I made a new curved hem.
Step 3: I knew I would be gathering the skirt so I added 8″ to the CF fold and drew my knew CF fold. I needed to end up with a square shape at the top so I could get a significant amount of gathers and marked the end of the hem at the SIDES so I could shorten the hem from that point to the CF since I wanted a more drastic drape.
Step 5: I traced off the outline of the back the same as the front.
Step 6: I added the 8″ to the CB.
Step 7, 8 & 9: I made sure to trace the curve of the CB hem so I could add length to the hem by measuring down 9″ and creating a new curve. This was so that the CF could be shorter then the original pattern and the back could be much longer.
Step 10: Shows the original CB hem and my addition
Step 11: I made my waistband by measuring my waist, adding a 1/4″ for ease and 5’8″ to the side seam. The waist band is cut on the fold. I am placing a zipper on the side but if you rather have your zipper on the CB then don’t cut the CB piece on the fold.
Step 13&14: Place your patterns on the fold and cut.
*not shown* Sew the sides of the skirt leaving an opening on on side for your zipper and do the same with the lining.
Step 15&16: Place the lining inside the skirt right sides together and pin the hems together.
*not shown* sew the hem all the way around using a 1/4″ seam and then turn your lining to inside. Press the hem. Once your skirt is inside out baste the top of the skirt/lining together. Attach your zipper.
Step 17&18: Gather the waist using 3 rows of long stitches.
Step 19: Interface your waistband and press 5/8″ on one side. (you will hand stitch this closed when your done.
Step 20: attach your waistband to the skirt right sides together.
Slip stitch your waistband closed and there you have it!
*note* This was a test run so I did not match the side seams because I didn’t have enough fabric..LOL