How to Make a Layered Wraparound Skirt

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How to Make a Layered Wraparound Skirt
The kilt is the ancestor of the modern wraparound skirt. (A Scottish Piper image by Ray Carpenter from

Wraparound skirts are both attractive and comfortable. Additionally, they are forgiving if you put on or lose weight. The basic wraparound skirt is not complicated to make and you can add many embellishments to yours. For example, to close the skirt you can use buttons and buttonholes, a row of snaps along the waistband or make ties and close the skirt with a bow. Add inseam pockets for convenience, fit the skirt smoothly with darts around the waist or gather the skirt softly at the waist.

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Things you need

  • A-line skirt pattern
  • Fabric, 1.5 times as much as recommended by the pattern
  • Tailor pins
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Button

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  1. 1

    Fold your fabric lengthwise and pin the pattern pieces to the fabric with the tailor pins according to the directions on the pattern package.

  2. 2

    Mark the darts with tailor's chalk and cut the pieces out. Set them aside.

  3. 3

    Cut out a second skirt front, marking the darts with tailor's chalk, and two waistbands. You should now have the back of the skirt, two front pieces, two waistbands and two pockets if they are included in the pattern.

  4. 4

    Sew the center back seam, if there is one, and use the iron and ironing board to press the seam open on the wrong side.

  5. 5

    Sew the darts on the back of the skirt and on both front pieces, and press the darts on the wrong side of the fabric.

  6. 6

    Pin the pocket pieces to the side seams of the skirt back, arranging the right sides together, and use the sewing machine to sew them in place. Press the pocket seam open.

  7. 7

    Pin and sew the front of one pocket to a front skirt on the left seam, right sides together.

  8. 8

    Sew the other pocket front on the other skirt front, on the right seam.

  9. 9

    Pin one skirt front to the back at the left side, right sides together, matching the pocket pieces.

  10. 10

    Sew the side seam, and sew around the outside of the pocket as you come to it. Repeat with the other skirt front and pocket, pinning them to the skirt back at the side seam.

  11. 11

    Sew the side seam and sew around the pocket. Press the seams open up to the pockets. Pin the pockets closed until the skirt is finished.

  12. 12

    Fold over 1/4 inch of the front edge of one side of the skirt, from the waist to the bottom, and press it in place. Fold over another inch of fabric to the inside and press again. Sew the fold in place. Repeat with the other side.

  13. 13

    Cut one of the waistbands in half. Sew one half to the other waistband, making a strip long enough to be the waistband of the entire wraparound skirt.

  14. 14

    Fold the waistband in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press with your iron.

  15. 15

    Match the waistband to the skirt, right sides together, and pin the edge of the waistband to the skirt, easing any fullness in the skirt to fit the waistband.

  16. 16

    Stitch the waistband to the skirt and trim the seam to reduce bulk.

  17. 17

    Finish the ends of the waistband by folding them right sides together and sewing a little seam even with each front edge of the skirt. Trim the ends, turn them right-side out, and press them thoroughly for a crisp edge.

  18. 18

    Pin the other long edge of the waistband to the inside of the skirt, folding under the raw edge as you insert the pins. Stitch this edge in place all around the skirt, sewing this seam as close as possible to the seam where you sewn the front edge of the waistband.

  19. 19

    Put the skirt on with the right front panel underneath and the left front panel outside. Pin the front closed. Mark a place for the button where the front panel ends on your left side, and mark the place for the buttonhole on the outer layer. Take off the skirt.

  20. 20

    Sew the button in place where you marked it. Make a buttonhole on the outer panel where you marked it.

  21. 21

    Put the skirt back on, button it in place on the left and mark where the front panel ends on the right. Take the skirt off again.

  22. 22

    Fold the remaining half of a waistband in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew a seam along its edge to make a tube.

  23. 23

    Trim the seam, turn the tube right-side out and press it.

  24. 24

    Cut the band in half to make two pieces; tuck in the ends and sew across them. Sew one piece to the end of the front panel on the right side. Sew the other piece in place where you marked the waistband.

  25. 25

    Put the skirt back on. Button the left side and tie the right side. Have a friend mark the bottom hem for you. Take the skirt off, fold up the hem where it is marked, folding in the raw edge, and pin and press the hem. Sew it in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose light- to medium-weight fabric so that the skirt will drape nicely. Heavier fabric is likely to be more stiff and look unnatural.
  • Use buttons at both ends of the front wraparound layers, instead of sewing a tie to one end.
  • Use a row of buttons halfway down the front edge of the skirt to hold it closed and add decoration.
  • If you don't want a row of buttons, buy a kilt pin to hold the front flap closed.
  • To make sure that the skirt will fit well, cut out all the skirt pieces from newspaper and stitch the side seams together. Pin the darts in place. Try on the paper skirt and make any adjustments necessary to the paper, transferring any changes to the real pattern before cutting out the fabric.

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