how to : keep your wrap skirt in place

May 23rd, 2013

Ok friends, time to talk Cascade.

A few people have expressed concerns about the Cascade skirt flying open and exposing their goods with just a gust of wind. Rest assured – Meg designed the wrap skirt just right, so that this shouldn’t happen that easily. But as with any wrap skirt, it’s always a possibility.While attaching snaps or hooks and eyes to the outside wrap would take away from the lovely drape and movement of the skirt, we do have a solution for you if this becomes an issue!

The solution is to apply a “stay” piece  to the under wrap of the skirt, from left side seam to right wrap, so that nothing is seen from the outside. The flow of the skirt is preserved – and that is the best part of the Cascade! Don’t you agree? Now, I know what you are thinking – won’t the right side still be able to fly open? Yes, technically it can. BUT – your left side shouldn’t fly open, too. Hopefully leaving you with a little peace of mind. Hehe.

So, read on to find out how !

One of the best options is to use a thin piece of elastic as your “stay”. As mentioned, it will be attached from the right side seam to the left wrap hem, so it will be hidden underneath the skirt. This will mean that you will now have to “step into” the skirt, when putting it on.

- First, cut a piece of elastic about 4-5″ long.

- Measure down about 9-10″ from the waist (bottom of your waistband) on your right side seam and mark.

- Now, this next step is done best when you are wearing the skirt, or have it on a dressform.You will need to find the best placement for the elastic, and you’ll only be able to do that by testing it out. It will probably vary from person to person! Pin one side of your elastic to your side seam mark. Keep your elastic straight and even, and find the spot on the left wrap to attach the other side of the elastic so that there is no odd pulling and tugging. Mark and pin.

- Now to attach the elastic. If you think to do this ahead, then you can sew the elastic right into the side seam and rolled hem. Just make sure you have your spots marked.

But if you are doing it as an afterthought – no problem! You can just as easily tack the elastic to the seam allowance of the side seam, and to the edge of the left wrap hem (it won’t be seen, anyway). **On the side seam, make sure you are only attaching it to the seam allowance, so that you don’t see the stitching it from the right side. 

As you can see above, I sewed my elastic on the wrap side right into my rolled hem (hand rolled hem). So you can see what that looks like.

Another option? How about using two pieces of thin ribbon, instead of elastic? That way, you won’t have to step into the skirt, and you can adjust it as needed. Plus – it looks super cute :)

What about you? Do you have any ideas for keeping your Cascade wrap closed?

12 Responses

  1. Jenny says:

    I have quite a few wrap dresses and am planning on making some wrap skirts ~ one thing I never worry about is having the skirts fly open. On occassion they do flip over with the wind but if the wrap dress or skirt is designed well – then what is shown is the layer of skirt that wraps underneath the one that is free. I hope that makes sense! I can’t wait to purchase this pattern. I love the Cascade skirt!

  2. Trudy Callan says:

    If you wish to use the elastic and not have to step into it, how about sewing it to the side seam, then where it attaches to the skirt on the other side, would it work to place a snap there and just snap that side in place?

  3. Marie says:

    That’s a great idea for hotter days. When I don’t mind the temperatures outside I usually wear that jersey basic skirt from H&M / or my tshirt turned skirt version underneath…

    • Holly says:

      Thanks Marie! That’s another another good idea- wearing something underneath. It’s good to have a few options!

  4. Elien says:

    Hi, I’m Elien, 17 years old and I live in Belgium.
    First of all : You make beautiful clothes! congrats!
    I found a link for a give away to your website, on the blog, a beautiful mess.
    I was so excited when I looked at your outfits!
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    Greets from Belgium x

  5. CaraQuilts says:

    I adore hi/low skirts but fliage is a problem with them, especially with really light fabrics. This looks like a great fix!

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