CECILY SKIRT

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orange skirt

So here it is! …..drumroll please…….Cecily Skirt Kit. Ta dah!

Not a day goes by, when I’m wearing this skirt, when people don’t say ‘Wow! where did you get that skirt! ‘ and I can smugly reply those immortal words…. ‘I made it myself!

What I love about this skirt, is how easy and quick it is to run up, and how comfortable it is to wear. With its elasticated back waistband, you can pretty much eat what you like, without the waistband feeling tight, (something I absolutely hate, being someone who loves their grub!)

So also, you will be delighted to hear, its got pockets! ….and two of em! There are also no zips, thanks to Mr Elastico. Having said that, the skirt isn’t bulky at the front because of its flattering front pleats. Whats not to love.

Cecily skirt is quite long in length, with a maximum length of approx 75cm, but of course you could make it shorter. I love to wear mine with leggings or pedal pushers and a tee or a boxy top.

Cecily skirt kit comes in a choice of two amazing fabrics, both top quality 100% cotton. The only trouble is, I find its difficult to choose between them!

Here is the kit all packed up in a fab recycled bag…

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SKIRT KIT

So… Ive made up a kit for this skirt for sizes 8-20 and here is a list of its contents:

A large format template paper pattern for sizes 8-20

1.8m (2 yards) of fabulous genuine African Dutch wax fabric – lovely and soft, 100% cotton with really zingy colours. (Its 112cm wide by the way) 

50cm of elastic (4mm wide) cut to size as follows:

Size 8=25cm, Size 10=28cm, Size 12=31cm, Size 14=34cm,

Size 16=37cm, Size 18 =40cm, Size 20=43cm 

A piece of fusible interfacing (enough for the front waistband)

A designer label

One French hair barrette 

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french barrette

Im popping one in your kit in case you fancy making a matching hair accessory like this.

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Theres a tutorial for making one of these at the bottom of the page.

HOW TO MAKE CECILY SKIRT 

So you have 4 paper pattern pieces: Front & Back (1), Front Waistband (2), Back Waistband (3), Pocket (4).

You’ve ironed your fabric and folded it, so that the selvedges are aligned with the RST (Right Sides Together) and laid it out nicely on a table or floor.  Pin the pieces as shown on the Layplan here.

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You will need to cut:

Front & Back (1)– Cut two on the fold of the fabric.

Front Waistband (2)– Cut one *Iron fusible interfacing to the reverse side of the Front waistband only.

Back Waistband (3)– Cut one on the fold of the fabric.

Pocket (4)– Cut four from the smaller piece of fabric (two pairs).

Mark the pleat positions at the top edge with a marking pen or small nick within the seam allowance on the Front piece only. 

Now to the sewing bit (the best bit).

Remember the seam allowance is 1cm!

SEWING THE FRONT TO BACK & POCKETS.

  1. Pin one pocket piece on each side of the Front and Back pieces in position as shown on the template. Sew down the straight vertical edge.

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2. Press away from the Front and Back piece. Topstitch on the pocket side. IMG_3384

3. Pin the pleats in the marked positions as shown on the template.

 

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4. Stitch across the top edge within the seam allowance to secure the pleats.

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5. With the RST, pin the Front piece to the Back piece at the side edges. Sew from the top of the side edge, all around the pocket to the lower edge. Repeat for the other side. IMG_3392

6. Finish the raw edges together. Press. Finish the top raw edge of the Front & Back all around.IMG_3393

WAISTBAND 

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7. So with the Front Waistband interfaced and with the RST, pin then sew the waistband pieces together at the short edges. Press the seam allowances open.

8.Finish the raw outer edges of the band each side. Its easier to do this at this stage than later.

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9.With the wrong sides together, fold the waistband piece in half aligning the long raw edges all around. Press.IMG_1427IMG_3396

10.Unfold the band. Cut your elastic piece in length according to your size as follows:

Size 8=25cm, Size 10=28cm, Size 12=31cm, Size 14=34cm,

Size 16=37cm, Size 18 =40cm, Size 20=43cm 

Now, pin the elastic to the side edges, just below the centre fold and approx 1.5cm away from the lower raw edge, passing it across the back waistband. Sew along the side seam each side to secure the elastic.

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11. Fold back the waistband piece. Pin along the lower edge. Machine tack stitch all around, as before,  ease the fabric beyond the elastic as you go. Heres that video link again to show you how in case you missed it   video about putting in the elastic

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12. Pin the waistband to the skirt top edge. Sew. Tip: ease the gathers of the fabric past the elastic as you go so you are always sewing flat fabric.IMG_3400IMG_3402

13. Press the seam allowance downwards, topstitch on the skirt side all around to secure in place.IMG_3403

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HEMMING

Finish the raw lower edge of the Front & Back piece all around. Fold over and press a 2cm hem at the lower edge or length as required. Pin. Sew close to the edge. Press.

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Pop it on and admire your handiwork!IMG_3410

MAKING A MATCHING HAIR RAG ACCESSORY

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Using your French hair barrette as a base, cut (or tear) long thin strips of fabric approx 1cm wide. Cut the long strips into 10 pieces approx 10-12cm long. d299aaba-5427-5a9b-8606-a75d8083334a_5f8e7408-8806-4ed4-aa52-82704f4bae5e

Tie a strip of fabric on to the top metal bar on the barrette with one tight knot, leave a long end. Repeat with the other strips, pushing them up tightly, squashing them together as much as possible. Trim the fabric ends or leave as long as you like. Trim with pinking shears if you have a pair for added jagged edges. There you have it!

 

CECILY SKIRT KIT IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY ON MY ETSY SHOP 

 

Happy Sewing!