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DIY Draped Skirt

Here’s how you can make your very own draped asymmetrical skirt as seen on sites like GoJane.com and Forever21.com:

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1. Fold your fabric in half and pin it in place. Fold your skirt in half, place it on top of the folded fabric and trace the skirt. Then, be sure to leave 1 inch on the side of the pattern, 1.5 inches extra at the top of the pattern (this will be for the waist band), and 1/2 inch for the bottom hem of the skirt. Your pattern should look like  this:

         

2. Cut out the pattern and complete the seam allowance lines so that they all go around the pattern rather than on just half of the pattern . (1/2 inch on the bottom, on the left side,  on the right side, and 1.5 inches on the top, ). Like this:

 

3. Repeat step 1. However, Remember to elongate the side line of the skirt so that the line reaches the bottom of the fabric. Leave a 1/2 inch seam allowance line at the bottom, 1 inch allowance at the side, 2 inches at the top. It should look like this:

4. Repeat step 2.

5. Connect the two pieces of the skirt by sewing along the seam allowance lines drawn on the left and right side of the skirt, and top stitch for security and for a professional finish. Make sure the skirt is inside out when you sew. 6. Measure how much elastic you need by trying it on around your waist or hips (depending on where your skirt starts). Leave a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Sew the elastic to the top of the skirt.  7 . Place your skirt on a flat surface with the front of the skirt facing up, and the back (the longer part) of the skirt facing down. Take one end of the bottom of the skirt and fold (it upwards) so that it meets  the bottom of the front of the skirt (near the corner). Your skirt should now look like a pillow case –the ones that open in the middle, rather than at the top. Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 2.13.46 AM 8. Create a triangle by bringing the bottom on the skirt (the part that isn’t sewn) over to the other side of the skirt near where the skirt was previously sewn. *I hope that wasn’t confusing drpskgif 5 9. Put the skirt on, take the point of the triangle, wrap it around to the opposite of the skirt, and tuck the point of the triangle into the top of the skirt. Pin it down, turn the skirt inside and sew down the point of the triangle.

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In this gif I start by grabbing the point of the triangle

10. Take the point of the triangle that’s near your knee, and fold it in half so that the point now meets the side of the skirt, pin, and sew. For clarification: the point should meet the side of the skirt that’s opposite of where you tucked the point into the waistband). Fotor071544255 11. To make sure that all pieces of the skirt is in tact, sew a straight line down the side of the skirt (opposite of where the point was tucked into the waist band). Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 4.20.56 AM Feel free to manipulate your skirt in any way you see fit so that you can enhance the appearance of the drapery.   Here’s how my skirt came out: Fotor071550219

 

 

DIY Leather Panel Shorts

 

Here’s how you can make your very own Leather Panel Shorts like these ones:

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1. Try on your leggings inside out and mark how long (or short) you’d like your shorts to be

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2. Cut your leggings at the desired length. Put on the leggings (now shorts)  inside out and use a measuring tape to measure and mark where you’d like the leather patch to line up. Repeat on the back of the shorts. In total, you should have 4 lines drawn on your shorts.

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3. Take the shorts off and cut out one side (the left or the right side, you choose) of the shorts where the leather panel will be inserted. Make sure to cut along the line that you made on the front of the shorts, and the line you drew on the back of the shorts. After following this step, you should have something like this:

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soon to be leather panel is folded
soon to be leather panel is open
soon to be leather panel is open

 

4. Place the panel that you have just cut out onto the faux leather fabric and trace it; be sure to create an outline for 1/2 inch seam allowance. Cut out the pattern, and it should look like this:

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5. Hem the left and the right side of the pattern by folding the outer edges of the fabric so that they meet the lines of the “original pattern”, pin it down, and then sew. Make sure the leather side of the fabric is Not face up while you are sewing. It should look like this:

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6. With the shorts inside out, pin down (one of) the open edges of the shorts onto the hem that was previously sewn on the leather panel, and then sew the two pieces (the shorts and the panel) together. Then, turn the shorts on the right side and do a top stitch over the two pieces that were just sewn together.  It should look like this:Screen Shot 2014-06-06 at 8.44.24 AM

7 . With the shorts turned inside out connect the other side of the panel to the other open end of the shorts following the same actions from step 6. Don’t forget to topstitch.  The shorts should now look like this:

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both sides of the leather panel are sewn on to the shorts

8.  Turn the shorts inside out. Create a rolled hem (a hem with two folds instead of just one) at the top and the bottom of the shorts by folding the top edge of the leather fabric to meet the line of the “original pattern”, pin it, and then sew. Repeat this step with the bottom edge of the leather fabric. Your shorts should now look like this:

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top of shorts
bottom of shorts
bottom of shorts

9. Repeat steps 4-8 on the other side of the shorts.

Here’s how my shorts came out:

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