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Published by: Ruto Resper J Anyiko on Jun 13, 2012
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Make an A-line Skirt
 You'll need:A piece of stretchy material. For a medium-sizedknee-length skirt (32" waist and 24" long), I used apiece that was 54" wide and about 30" long.Cotton thread in the same or contrasting colorSewing machine with a 90/14 needle (ball point orstretch needles are best)3/8" elastic, about a yardElastic guide (available at sewing stores) or largesafety pinPinsGood scissorsAn A-line skirt that fits you well as a guidelineMeasuring tapeIronMaking an a-line skirt is a great sewing project for beginners and expertsalike, and an easy way to punch up a blah wardrobe. They are also a snap tomake, so grab some fabric, pull out the sewing machine, pour yourself a bigold cup of coffee and get sewing!
 Fold your piece of material in half, with the finished (selvage) edges of thematerial together, wrong side out. Put your skirt (you know, the one that fitsyou perfectly) down on top of the fabric, flat and face up, so that one side isclosest to the selvage edge and one side is closest to the fold.Now it's time to cut. Cut around the outline of the skirt, leaving an extra 1/2-1" of material on the sides and an extra 1 1/2-2" on the top and bottom (thisextra material will become the waistband, hem and sides of your new cutie).You will end up with two trapezoid-shaped pieces, larger than the finishedskirt will be, that will become the front and back of it.If your fabric isn't wide enough to cut both pieces out when it's folded over,ust cut them out separately. If it isn't very stretchy, allow some extra room onthe sides to slip the skirt on. This is a simple, forgiving pattern, so you don'thave to stress about it, luckily! If it turns out way too small, you can take theside seams out and add panels of fabric to create more room.After you've cut out the two pieces, fold them down the middle to check thesides, top and bottom for symmetry. This doesn't have to be extremelyprecise, but it's better to leave too much than too little--you can always tweak & narrow a skirt that's too big, but it's kinda tough to add fabric when theskirt is too tight or too short. Check to see that the flare will be roughly
equivalent on each side.With the right sides of the two fabric pieces together, pin one side together allthe way down from top to bottom, about one pin every 3 or 4". Stitch one sideabout 5/8" from the edge (your sewing machine will have a guideline at 5/8",so it's easy to follow). Backstitch at the top and bottom of each side to holdthe seam. Do the other side the same way. Put the stitch length on 6 or 8--ithelps to have the stitches big, so they'll stretch with the material. Iron the twoside seams open on the inside, so the extra material is lying flat.To start the waistband, fold over about 1/2" of material from the top all theway around, ironing it flat as you go. Then fold over once again from the top1/2" so there's a double thickness. Iron it flat again and pin it together everyfew inches. Starting at the side seam, stitch close to the bottom edge of thewaistband all the way around, stopping an inch or two before the side seam sothere's enough room to feed the elastic into the waistband.Thread the elastic through the guide, or pin it with the big safety pin, andslide it into the waistband with your fingers guiding it from the outside.Guide it all the way around the waistband. When the elastic comes out theother side, pull it as tight as you desire, usually so it puckers just a little bitevenly all the way around. You can pin the elastic together and try on theskirt so the waist feels comfortable.If the waist is too big, try tightening the elastic. Sew the two ends togethersecurely, either by hand or with the machine, making sure the elastic lies flatand doesn't twist. Then sew the last inch of the waistband closed,backstitching to hold the seam.Make the hem the same way as the waistband, except that you can sew all theway around without leaving an opening.Try your new favorite skirt on! If it's too big or a bit lopsided, take the seamthat displeases you out with a seam ripper and adjust to fit, pinning andsewing it so you like it.Now take yourself out to be admired! Maybe you need a pair of legwarmersto go with it-here's a great knitting pattern,designed by Stephanie Japel.
Make it your own
 Try using a totally different color thread for contrast stitching (I like redthread on dark denim or black thread on sparkly, for example), or sew adifferent or similar-colored rick-rack, lace, fringe, ruffle or ribbon around thehem.Or embroider a cool design on the front! Freehand your own or choose one of the fabulous Sublime Stitching patterns-pin-ups, pirates, martinis

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