Sewing a Drawstring Skirt
Hello, I am going to show you how to make a drawstring skirt, now. First thing you’re going to need to do is pick the material. I usually buy my material in the yards, by the yard, and rip it into strips from there. So, whatever materials you plan on doing, whatever different patterns, I would suggest you buy a yard of each of them because it will make your job a whole lot easier. Cottons are always nice because they wash up really nice. Main thing you’re going to want to watch for is materials that look nice together. You want to try to find colors that are going to flatter each other. Blues and purples, oranges and reds, greens and yellows. You want to kind of stay on the same spectrum or find patterns that kind of go with each other.
You want to be careful not to put anything super dark next to anything really light because it could bleed from one fabric to the other. With a skirt you want to be careful not to go too thin because it will become sheer and it will also be more problem to ripping. You can put corduroy and such into it, but you want to keep it light because if you do too much then it’s going to be really heavy, bulky, and not be very flattering. So, once you pick your patterns you can go with as many or as little colors as you want. But, after you get that we’ll get ready to start.
Sewing Handmade Aprons
I’m going to show you how to make an apron, we need to figure out first what kind of material you want to use. There’s all kinds of novelty fabrics, if you wanted to do a seasonal one, we made one, the style and pattern I’m going to give you is adjustable to any size. So I made it as little as this one, or, we have more of a pre-K size, or there’s a Junior size, and there are all different kinds, this is a fun project to use novelty fabrics on. Because it’s an apron, so you can wear it and be silly, and it doesn’t matter. Here’s a nice Spring apron. And you want to use something that’s going to be solid and washable because of what it’s going to be used for, and that kind of depends on you, how you want to use it, how washable it needs to be.
And also you want to make sure you find a pattern that will hide stains because you’re going to get spots on it, and even though it is washable, we don’t want to have to wash it every time we want to wear it. You can make it as simple or as complicated, different kinds of pockets. Or you can even do, I made this one for a library program last year, with the theme was “space”, and so I made a “space apron” with eight, yes there are eight not nine now, planets. Pluto had to get left off because they decided he’s not around anymore, well he’s around, but not a planet. So when you pick out your fabric, make sure that you watch to see how it is to be washed, and that it is washable. And that’s how you pick your fabric out!. There’s two different ways you can do it.
You can either pin it on here just like this or you can fold the fabric over which I like to do. And, always make sure that the longest part of the material goes along with the finished edge. Because, that’s going to be the less stretchy side. And, it will make it a lot easier on you if you haven’t cut that. So, I’m going to fold my material and fold my pattern. They can both fold on the same side. And, just stick it on there and pin it in place. And, then you can just cut right along there. Make sure you keep the material together. Now, I told you I wanted to make it longer than my pattern.
So, what I’m going to do is just keep going in that direction. Because, my paper wasn’t quite as long as I wanted my apron to be. And, then you just cut straight across the bottom. And, you are going to need a lining also. So, you do the exact same thing with the other material that you picked for the outside of the lining.