Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt Part I

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt Collage

I have a love-hate relationship with wrap skirts. They look pretty on the hanger, so I get suckered into buying them, but then I never wear them because they always feel like they’re about to fall off. This tutorial will show you how to sew up your wrap skirt and add a zipper, so you can wear it with confidence! See Part II of this series here, where you’ll learn how to add an elastic waistband.

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Materials needed:

  • Wrap skirt
  • Invisble Zipper (I like this assortment)
  • Invisible zipper foot
  • Regular zipper foot
  • 2 hook and eye clasps
  • Thread, needles

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

Here you see the wrap skirt in its natural state. I found this wrap skirt at a thrift store, and it was already just about the right size for my waist. If you find a larger wrap skirt, cut it down to the size you need to comfortably fit around your waist and hem the edges. Make sure to cut it on the bias, so that it flares out.

Here you can see that I’ve pinned the two layers together on either side of the skirt. This skirt has a red top layer and a yellow bottom layer. Sew these two layers together on either side of the skirt. Do not sew up the middle just yet. Your skirt should still be one long piece of fabric with an opening.

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

Here’s a close up of the pinning process on either side of the skirt.

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

I sewed up the button hole that the skirt tie goes through, just to strengthen the waistband. Use a wide zigzag stitch and a short stitch width for this.

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

Now start pinning the invisible zipper to one side of your skirt. I used this tutorial from By Hand London to add my invisible zipper. Add your zipper underneath the waist band ties.

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

The zipper has been added at this point, but the rest of the seam is still open.

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

Iron it so that the fabric is as flat as you can get it over the zipper. Many wrap skirts are made from silk, which can be tricky to sew.

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

Turn it inside out and sew up the rest of the side seam, starting underneath the zipper.

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

Cut the waistband ties, fold them over twice, and sew it up, so that there are no raw edges to unravel.

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

Add a couple of hook and eye clasps to hold the top of the skirt closed. I didn’t discover this tutorial until after I’d sewed my hook and eyes on, but you can do it properly. As you can see, my skirt’s waistband was a little uneven to begin with, and it does not match up perfectly.

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

This is what the final product looks like:

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

Sewing Tutorial: Convert a Wrap Skirt into a Regular Skirt

 

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