Now that the top of our dress is finished, it is time to make the skirt portion.
17- Measure your hips (or the widest portion of your lower section). We will call this number (A).
Measure the desired length of your skirt by measuring from your bellybutton to where you want your skirt to end. We will call this number (B).
18 - Cut two rectangles out of your preshrunk skirt fabric using the following formula.
width = A /2 + 2 inches (ease) + 2 inches (seam allowance).
height = B + 1 inch (top seam allowance) + 2 inches (hem)
hips = 38" (A)
length = 22" (B)
width = 38" /2 + 2 + 2 = 23"
length = 22 + 1 + 2 = 25"
*always error on the side of larger. You can always take it in/up more, but you can't replace what you cut off.
19- With right sides together, pin two side seams. Stitch, backstitching at both ends.
20 - Press open seam allowance on inside. Try it on and make sure that you like width of the hips. You can always take it in a bit at this point if you need to.
Tomorrow we will make the belt portion and connect them all together.