The first thing you need to do is buy a 7" zipper and two yards of fabric. I like cotton the best, so this would be a great time to get that quilting cotton you've always wanted to buy but were always told that it's not meant for apparel. The bolder the print, the better.
- Lay your fabric flat on the floor or cutting board. With a measuring tape, mark where you want your hem to hit. I want the final skirt to be 25", so I marked it at 27".
- Cut into the fabric, and then just give it a good rip. It should tear off into two pieces.
- Now you're ready to start sewing. Take your big rectangle and fold it in half, right sides together. Pin up the seam, leaving room for a zipper. Sew your seam. This is now your center back.
- Press your center back seam open. I trimmed the excess with pinking shears.
- Set your skirt aside. It's time to start on the waistband! Cut a strip of fabric 4" wide and the length of your waist, plus 5/8" on each side. An easy trick if you don't know your measurements is to measure the waist of a garment that fits you well.
- Fold the edges in 5/8" on both sides and iron into place.
- Fold waistband in half and iron into place.
- Mark your waistband center with a pin. Set aside for later.
I think that's enough work for tonight. Tomorrow, it's time for the fun part, gathering!