Skirts are available in an infinite style The most popular are A-Line, Fitted Dirndl Mini, Mini The Circle, Layered and wrap… and the list is endless. For those who are new sewn, knowing the differences between these types is often a bit difficult to discern. What, for instance, is a gathered skirt (sometimes called Dirndl) (sometimes referred to as a Dirndl), and what is it that makes it different from, for instance, circle skirts? Is one superior to the other?
It’s easy the answer is: there is no. One skirt does not possess any inherent characteristics that make it superior to the other. It’s a matter of personal taste.
It is possible to answer the initial question that is a bit more complicated.
What Is A Gathered Skirt?
Gathered skirts are in essence circular, with the length of the cylindrical cylinder being the determinant of the overall size of the skirt. Imagine it as something similar to a cupcake. It has the appearance of a “puff” at the waist and a slight flare towards the edge.
The skirts that are gathered tend to have more fabric in your waist than circles skirts and require the ability to be “pulled” in to fit. The appearance that this gives is very vintage (think the 1950s at its finest) and its ability to draw in the waist while concealing the areas we wish to cover is an elegant silhouette.
Just as appealing as the look of the finished item is how simple it is to build an item… which we’ll discover.
How To Line A Gathered Skirt
If you don’t need a canvas that is rough to rub over your legs (or an ungainly one that clings to them) it is possible to think about the possibility of lining your skirt. When selecting the right lining, go for something that is lightweight and soft to the touch. A few stores make it simple for you to select certain kinds of fabrics in the form of “lining fabric” – if you don’t have any of the silks or silky polyesters, or the very light cotton could be able to do the job as well.
A simple way of adding a lining follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating a lined skirt:
- Skirt fabric: measure out and cut an inch of fabric to the desired length. Allow an allowance of 5cm for the hem. It should measure (at a minimal) 1.5 to the hip width (or 2.5 times your waist’s width).
- Lining Fabric Take the exact amount of fabric you used for your skirt, but less than 10 cm in length.
- Elastics: choose a wide elastic for your waistband, which is less than the waist’s width.
- Iron and fold the hem to ensure it is in place prior to sewing.
- Place the lining fabric on the skirt’s inner fabric. Make sure that all sides, including the hem, are in alignment.
- Utilizing a zig-zag stitch join the lining to the skirt fabric. Join two straight seams approximately 0.5cm apart on your skirt’s waistband.
- The waistband should be pulled in your skirt, pulling up the upper 2 threads from the seams (be mindful to ensure you are able to slide the skirt up to your hips). Make sure you pin the waistband evenly to the skirt.
- Utilizing a straight or zig-zag stitch, sew the pin waistband onto the skirt, pulling it as you move.
- Sew the back seam as well as the raw edge with the Z-zag stitch.
How To Line A Dress With A Gathered Skirt
Making and lining the dress with a gathered skirt may sound difficult however, follow these easy steps and you’ll find it much easier than you thought. This is a perfect example of an easy pattern.
For the bodice
- Cut from the front part of the fabric to the appropriate dimension.
- Cut the front and back pieces of the bodice. Add an additional inch of fabric in between the pieces to let the gathering.
- Utilizing pins, outline the areas you’d like your gathers to begin and end.
- Make a gathering stitch and then sew across the gathering stitch using regular stitches to keep them in the desired position. Repeat the process along the lower part portion of the dress.
- Sew the front back, back, and lining at the neckline. Sew the three pieces together.
For the skirt
- To make your waistband cut the waistband from a piece of 5 inches of thickness, large enough to wrap through your waist. Join the gathering stitches every four inches, or less before adding the zig-zag stitches.
- Sew the waistband of the band of the bodice.
- Follow steps 1 to 3 from our earlier method to line your skirt in order to make the skirt that is lined with the dress.
- The skirt should be sewn to the waistband, then add the zip and finish by the hem.
Tips For Lining A Gathered Skirt
- A skirt with a gathered line can be heavy. If you’d like slimmer silhouettes then put on an equal amount of darts. The number of darts will depend on your preference (use four with two darts at each side and two on the front, 6 by adding two on the front with four at the back, and so on. and so on.). Simply sew the dart. Then press and then add an overstitch, and finally cut off the excess material.
- If you are adding darts to the lining, be sure to mark the points of your match prior to making them. This will ensure that when you attach the lining to the skirt, it’ll fit correctly.
- The lining will typically be tied to the waistline or skirt. If you prefer not to sew the lining into the skirt, you’ll have to secure the lining after the skirt’s fathers are been set. If you’re using this method be sure that the lining has sufficient “give” (a few small Tucks could aid) so that it won’t be pulled or torn when you wear the skirt.
- Lining materials can be slippery and slippery. To avoid the issue, you should use a precise pair of scissors – when you locate an angled pair you’ll see they are able to easily grip the fabric while cutting.
How Do You Calculate Fabric For A Gathered Skirt?
The measurements of your waist and hips should be the first thing you consider for making a calculation of the amount of fabric you require to wear a skirt that is gathered. As a minimum, your skirt should be 1.5 to the size of your hips but to create a fuller appearance take 2.5-3x your waist measurements. The length is determined by you and the length you’d like your skirts to measure.
As we’ve seen, making a gathered skirt is straightforward and is a fantastic opportunity for those who aren’t experienced to master the art of creating an entire skirt. If you enjoy any of the ideas you’ve read, consider sharing the article with your friends.