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The pattern today is the Olivia high waist midi faux wrap skirt. I love midi pencil skirt – it is flattering and helps to make your legs look longer. You will find this Olivia skirt extremely versatile, and you can wear it will a range of tops from T shirts to button down shirts, or blazers. Crop tops, peplum tops, blazers are all great options and complement this pencil skirt well.
Now let’s see the 3D simulation for this beautiful skirt, maybe you can find some idea for your next project:
As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. You can also lengthen or shorten the hemline to get your desired length – you can even make a dress from this pattern.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the instruction here.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
HOW TO SEW THE OLIVIA HIGH WAIST FAUX WRAP PENCIL SKIRT
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- Fusible interfacing (medium weight)
- Invisible zipper
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
What fabric can be used for this project? This design is made for woven fabric with not too much stretch. You can try brocade, denim, velvet – the choices are endless.
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? Not too much, but to be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
Fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front: 2 pieces
- Back: 1 piece cut on the fold
- Front Waistband: 2 pieces self fabric + 1 piece fusible interfacing
- Back Waistband: 2 pieces self fabric + 1 piece fusible interfacing
- Front Hem Facing: 2 pieces
- Back Hem Facing: 1 piece
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts etc. from the pattern piece onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge the fabric to prevent fraying. If you use non fraying fabric, you can skip this step.
2. Press and sew to close the waist darts on the Front and Back pieces. Iron the darts.
3. Apply fusible interfacing to one Front Waistband and one Back Waistband piece.
4. Place Front Hem Facing and Front pieces right side facing, pin and sew. Clip the seam allowance for smoother curve. Turn the facing inside out and staystitch the seam allowance to the facing if needed. Iron to flatten the hem. Repeat with the other Front piece.
5. Place Back Hem Facing and Back pieces right side facing, pin and sew. Staystitch the seam allowance to the facing if needed.
6. Place the Left Front Piece, Right Front Piece with right side facing up and the notches matched. Then place the Front Waistband (with fusible interfacing applied) right side facing down onto the two Front pieces, arrange so that the notches on all three layers match. Pin and sew to join the waistband to the Front skirt.
7. Place the Back Skirt and Back Waistband (with fusible interfacing applied) right side facing. Pin and sew to join the waistband to the Back skirt.
8. Place Front Skirt and Back Skirt right side facing, match the notches and the waistband joining seam. Sew to join one side seam of the skirt.
9. Attach invisible zipper to the other side seam of the skirt.
10. Join the remaining Front Waistband and Back Waistband pieces. Place the joined piece and the waistband of the garment right side facing, pin and sew the top edge of the waistband and the end of the invisible zipper. Staystitch the top edge of the waistband if needed. Use stitch in the ditch method or hand stitching to finish the waistband and hide all seam allowance inside the waistband.
11. Hand stitch to secure the hem of the skirt. And you’re done!
And here is the download link:
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns