how to make a flap skirt: straps, buttons and hem


here are the last steps of the flap skirt, which are twice as much photos as planned because I had some unpicking to do 😉

You can find the other parts here.

DSCF5072now I sewed the buttons on the back of the waistband, equally close to the centre back, also sewed the buttons on the flap

DSCF5073then I picked up a big fabric-rest and cut 2 strips, 8cm wide and the length from waist over the shoulders to the flap buttons plus a few cm.

DSCF5074then I pinned them in half

DSCF5075sewed, but left 5cm open in each seam, and then ironed that way that the seam is in the middle of one side

DSCF5076now I drew triangles on the ends


DSCF5078and cut the seam allowance

DSCF5079now I turned the right side out through that 5cm I left open

DSCF5080my triangle-ends

DSCF5081my straps all ironed

DSCF5082now I closed that last 5cm by hand stitching

DSCF5083and made marks where I wanted my buttonholes to be, also on the waistband-ends

DSCF5084I sewed the buttonholes on one side of each strap and the waistband-endings

DSCF5085I used those buttonholes on the back

DSCF5086 (copy)and tried it on. the straps were a little to long and went about 3cm over my buttons

DSCF5088so I unpicked a few cm of the seam again close to those ends without buttonholes

DSCF5089turned the end left side out

DSCF5090DSCF5091and drew and sewed another triangle at the right length

DSCF5092and cut the fabric close to the new seam, then turned the right side out again, closed the seam and sewed the buttonholes

DSCF5093now I double folded my hem inwards, pinned and sewed, which took quite a while because its a long hem line

DSCF5094now I put the skirt on again and marked where the buttons for the waistband-endings should be and sewed the buttons in place

DSCF5172 DSCF5173 DSCF5174 and the skirt is finished! I really like wearing it and a bonus are those faces of people passing me on the street. 😉

I hope this was helpful for you! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

keep sewing and smiling

your TailorFairy

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