PFAFF ambition™ Sewing Machine Project - Wrap Skirt
A bold skirt always makes a great fashion piece. Stitch up your own uniquely creative statement skirt using a selection of fabrics featuring a variety of colors and textures. Even slippery fabrics are easy to sew using your PFAFF® ambition™ sewing machine, featuring the original IDT...
PFAFF ambition™ Sewing Machine Project - Gorgeous Wrap Skirt
Create a gorgeous Wrap Skirt sewing project. We used the PFAFF ambition™ sewing machine techniques, the PFAFF IDT system, assorted fabrics and contrasting gold buttons for impact.
To sew the ambition Wrap Skirt you will need:
- PFAFF® ambition™ sewing machine
- PFAFF® Blindhem Foot for IDT™ System (included with the PFAFF® ambition™ sewing machine)
- PFAFF® 1A Sewing Foot for IDT™ System (included with the PFAFF® ambition™ sewing machine)
- PFAFF® Buttonhole Foot (included with the PFAFF® ambition™ sewing machine)
- PFAFF® Sew-On Button Foot (optional)
- Assortment of colorful fabrics, 32”(81.3cm)(Minimum of 1/8 yard each)
- 1 yard lining fabric (optional)
- 1 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
- Eight 1”(2.5cm) buttons
- 1 trouser hook and eye set
- Basic wrap skirt pattern, or use your widest hip measurement plus 14”(35.6cm).
- Rotary cutter
- 5”(12.7cm) wide rotary cutting ruler
- Rotary cutting mat
- Pinking shears (optional)
- Assortment of lightweight metallic yarn or crochet thread
- Coordinating sewing thread and bobbin
- Chalk pencil or similar marking tool
- If using a pattern, cut out your size and measure the entire pattern across the hipline, or measure your hip circumference and add 14" (35.6cm). Divide this measurement by 3.
- Before cutting your fabric check the weights of your selected fabrics. If any are significantly lighter in weight use a fusible interfacing to add more body and stability.
- Cut your fabrics into strips 4.5”(11.3cm) wide by 32”(81.3cm) long. You will use the number of the previous step as the total number of strips you need to cut.
- Cut a waistband for the skirt, using either the skirt pattern, or your waist measurement plus 14”(35.6cm).
- If using a pattern, cut the lining if a lining is called for. If you are sewing the skirt without a pattern and want to use a lining, wait until step 7 to measure and cut your lining fabric.
- Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the waistband, following the interfacing manufacturer’s instructions.
- Decorate any of the plain fabric strips that you wish. TIP: Use decorative stitches, cording, or sequins for a more unique look.
- Arrange your cut strips of fabric and pin together along the lengthwise edge. Note that they do not need to repeat in a fixed order. Have fun with mixing different colors and textures.TIP: Use a relatively sturdy piece without applied decoration for the strip that will be located at the closure edge. Also try to place a matching piece underneath the closure edge where the skirt fabric wraps around the body. This will make sewing the buttonholes and buttons in place much easier and create a stronger and more stable skirt.
- Place the PFAFF® 1A Sewing Foot on your PFAFF® ambition™ sewing machine and engage the IDT™ System.
- Select the centered straight stitch 1.
- Sew the strips together with right sides together. Press each seam open as you go, and finish the seam allowances using a pair of pinking shears, or other preferred method of seam finishing, such as using a PFAFF® coverlock™ or hobbylock™ serger. TIP: Test all fabrics for pressing temperature by testing with scraps before sewing. Some decorations, such as sequins, cannot be pressed at high temperatures. Always press from the wrong side, or use a press cloth to avoid melting sensitive fabrics and embellishments.
- Wrap the sewn strips around a dress form or your body to check again for width and placement of strips. Pin darts in place according to the pattern, or decide dart placement according to your dress form or body.
- Mark the darts as pinned, and sew darts in place.
- Check waistline of skirt. Adjust and trim as necessary.
- If using a lining according to your pattern, sew lining to inside of skirt using pattern instructions. NOTE: If you are creating your own lining (without a pattern), cut the lining to match the measurements of the skirt, with the lining length coming to just above the knee.
- Hem the lining, if needed (some stretch linings do not fray and do not need to be hemmed).
- Sew the lining to the skirt at the side edges, right sides together. Turn right side out and press.Baste the lining to the waistline, aligning the raw edges and stitching near the edge.
- Sew the waistband to the waistline edge of the skirt.
- Hem the skirt. A quick and easy way to hem a skirt is by using the PFAFF® Blindhem Foot for IDT™ System.
- Mark the placement of your buttons on the waistband and down the front flap of your skirt.
- Using the buttonhole stitch of your choice, and the PFAFF® Buttonhole Foot sew the buttonholes onto the skirt in the marked areas. TIP: After stitching, daub a bit of fray check liquid on the buttonholesto keep them from fraying from use. Allow to dry before cutting the buttonholes open.
- Mark the button placement according to the buttonholes. Sew buttons in place.
TIP: Use a PFAFF® Sew-On Button Foot to make this quick and easy.
Enjoy wearing your fabulous new skirt!