If you saw my last post, you know how much I am in love with the wrap skirt trend for fall. So of course, I DIY-ed one for myself. I had actually wanted one way before the Fall 2012 shows. I had seen Michael van der Ham’s Spring 2012 collection and was very inspired by the scarf-printed wrap skirts worn over bright pencil skirts. The look was so clean, modern and chic. If you also want to recreate your own wrap skirt in less than 30 minutes, keep on reading!
Here’s what you will need for the DIY:
- Scarf (Mine’s from H&M)
- Ribbon (I used 15.8mm wide polyester ribbon from Michael’s)
- Needle & Thread or Sewing Machine
- Sewing Pins
- Safety Pins in Gold
Step 1: Cut your scarf exactly in half, so you have two equal pieces of the scarf. The shorter sides on each piece will be the skirt length and the longer side will be the skirt width. As you can see in the first image, the width of the skirt needs to be long enough to wrap around your waist and then overlap a bit. If your skirt width is not long enough, see step 2, otherwise move to step 3.
Step 2 (Optional): To increase the skirt width, we will join the two pieces of scarves from step 1. Cut off portions B from the first piece & portion C from the second piece. Then join the two remaining A & D portions by aligning the edges with the red dotted lines and sewing them together. How much you cut off as portions B & C will depend on how long the skirt width needs to be. The final width of the skirt will be the sum of portion A’s width plus portion D’s width. So measure the width you need and cut off B & C accordingly.
Step 3: Cut the ribbon in a piece that is twice the final width of your skirt. Mark the center of the ribbon with a sewing pin so that there is a right and a left section on the ribbon. We will use the ribbon to cover the raw edges that were created when we cut the scarf into two pieces in step 1.
Step 4: Pick the top left or right corner of the scarf and place it on the right section of the ribbon. Then flip the left section of the ribbon on top of the scarf so that the raw edge of the scarf is sandwiched between the two ribbon layers. Then pin the three layers together and sew along the yellow dotted lines. The side of the scarf with the ribbon sewn together will function as the waist band.
Step 5 (Optional): For a better fit, we will make two small darts in the back of the skirt. To do so, wrap the skirt around your waist and mark the center of your back with a pin as Y on the scarf. Then mark X, 3 inches to the left of Y and Z, 3 inches to the right of Y.
Step 6 (Optional): With the inside of the skirt facing up, fold the skirt where you marked X and sew the two folded layers together along a slanted line so it makes a triangle. The length of the slanted line I sewed was around 3-4 inches. Repeat the same where you marked Z.
Step 7 (Optional): Once you complete sewing the darts, it should look like the image below. The darts will be on the inside part of the skirt but if they are sticking out too much, you can use an iron to flatten them. You can also iron the ribbon you sewed in step 4 to make the skirt look more polished.
Then your scarf-print wrap skirt is complete! Wrap it over a fitted skirt or legging in any color and use safety pins to secure the overlapping pieces of the wrap skirt. I like the exposed safety pin look but if you prefer, you can also sew a snap button in place of the safety pin. I like when the fitted skirt is slightly shorter than the wrap.
Inspo images via Vogue. All other images by HIGH on DIY.