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Hawaiian-Style Summer Skirt

This Hawaiian style summer skirt is pattern-free with an adjustable waist that fits many sizes.

May 31, 2018
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This Hawaiian style summer skirt requires no pattern and is a 10-step cinch to sew. It fits most sizes, with its waistline ribbons that gather and distribute the skirt fullness. It can be made in a lightweight tropical print, among other fabrics. Based on the “pa’u” (rhymes with “wow”) Hawaiian skirt, it is fun to sew and wear anywhere, no tropics required. This adapted skirt design gets its gathers from multiple drawstring channels at the upper edge, which create a shirred effect. Below the channels, the skirt has lots of volume. A true pa’u is open at the side seam, but this version is closed so you can wear it off the beach. Traditionally fashioned in a tropical print­—often with a border motif—this skirt can be made of any fabric that’s thin and supple enough to be gathered. The fabric’s body plays a key role in creating the silhouette. Soft, drapey fabrics such as chiffon and rayon challis yield a narrower skirt with flowing movement. Stiffer fabrics, such as taffeta and cotton broadcloth, make a more bouffant skirt. Playful cotton prints, rustling silk, or wool gauze all work well with this Hawaiian-style summer skirt. Select materials This Hawaiian style summer skirt is…

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