Ready for another tutorial in the Lisa and Kimberly Hacks series? In this post, I will show you how you can turn your Kimberly dress into a skirt! This, of course, applies to the Lisa dress as well and you can follow the same steps to turn any dress pattern you have into a skirt.
So, let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:
-your Kimberly dress pattern
-a piece of paper
-pencil and scissors
-a ruler and a measuring tape
-your fabric and basic sewing tools
This hack is actually very easy to make. The only thing you will have to do is draft a waistband piece that will be attached to the dress’s skirt pieces! Firstly, go ahead and cut out the front skirt and back skirt pieces, exactly as you would if you were making the dress.
Then, we will move to the drafting part. You can use a waistband piece from another pattern if you have one that already fits you well. I pinched mine off the Rachel trousers to save time 😊
If you don’t have a waistband piece already, measure around your natural waist and add 3 cm for the seam allowance + the amount of ease you prefer, depending on how close-fitting you want it to be. Usually, that is around 1-2 cm. The number you come up with is going to be your waistband’s length.
The width is pretty much personal preference. You can make your waistband as narrow or as wide as you like, just remember to add 1,5 cm (5/8″) seam allowance on both sides.
Draft this rectangle on a piece of paper and then cut out 2 pieces out of your fabric and one piece out of fusible interfacing.
Fuse the interfacing on one piece. This will be your outer waistband. Then pin the outer waistband to the skirt’s waistline, right sides together and stitch with 1,5 cm (5/8”) seam allowance. Press the seam allowance upwards.
Pin the inner waistband to the outer waistband, right sides together, along the longer edge and stitch.
Trim the seam allowance, fold the unstitched edge by 1,5 cm wrong sides together and press it. That will make your life easier afterward.
Finish the center back seams with your preferred method.
The next step is the zipper insertion. This skirt has an invisible zipper that you insert in the center back seam. If you don’t know how to do this, there are hundreds of very detailed tutorials online (I won’t go into detail here, to prevent this post from being too long). Just remember that the end of your zipper teeth should meet the seam where the inner and outer waistbands are joined. Do NOT insert the zipper all the way up to the inner waistband!
Once you finish with that, go ahead and stitch the center back seam. Press the seam allowances open.
And we are almost there! Now, all you have to do is fold the inner waistband to the inside of your skirt and then hand stitch its folded edge to the seam allowance. Also, stitch the edge of the inner waistband to the zipper tape to hide all the raw edges and achieve a nice finish.
Hem your skirt, give everything a final press and you are good to go! You have made a fabulous skirt!
I hope you liked this tutorial and that you will give it a go. I opted to make my skirt in this Art Gallery cotton poplin from Minerva Crafts. I’ve made several other things with this lemon print and I must admit I’m addicted to it, haha!
If you try this hack yourself, don’t forget to post it on social media and tag me. I’d love to see!
Check out more hacks for the Lisa dress here.