Creating a Hexagon Wrap Skirt

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You ever envision a project that you just can't shake, even when you know the road to completion won't be simple at all. This skirt was one of those project ideas that I couldn’t shake, which meant I had to make it. My design was inspired by a combination of two skirt designs that I found on Pinterest. 

Last year, I bought Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Hexagon template with every intention of sewing a tree skirt for my mother's Christmas tree. I'm happy I never told her about that idea because I didn't get around to making that tree skirt. I didn't even open the template package, just tossed it into the drawer with all of my other quilt rulers because I was caught up in my "sew all the corduroy" obsession. Fast forward to Spring 2020, with me looking at knitted and crochet skirts on Pinterest, and I came across the cutest knitted skirt made with hexagon shapes in different colors. Several days later, I finally remembered that I owned a hexagon template and decided to make a similar skirt using it. The second Pinterest image I pulled inspiration from was an A-Line shape wrap skirt. The skirt was solid black, but the skirt's edge was finished using a contrast white binding. I liked the combination and intended to make one using that same color scheme. That hasn’t happened yet, but it is still on my sewing vision board, and I will get around to making it one of these days. Still, I love how something as simple as ½  inch bias tape can transform the overall effect of a basic skirt. Thus, I decided it would be very fitting to use the same technique with this Hexagon skirt. In this case, I wanted a solid color border to match my waistband.

Now let’s get into the details of this project. I used Deer & Doe Agave Skirt pattern, and  I chose this pattern because I had prior experience with it and because the skirt design is simple. I figured it would take a lot of time and patience to make the hexagon blocks, and I didn’t want to bother with a complicated or new skirt pattern. I really like the Agave skirt pattern because it is high waisted (my preferred style) and because the design can be made reversible or with a facing. I went with the version with the facing option for the hexagon skirt.

For reference, I cut a size 38, and I did not make any modifications. I purchased three yards of fabric for both colors. The pattern recommends 2 yards if you are using 45” wide fabric, so I added a yard to accommodate for the hexagon block. I used all three yards of the gray and a little over 2 ½ yards in the black. I used pre-made bias tape, but if you want to make yours from one of the coordinating fabrics, you will need to consider it when purchasing your fabric.

It took days, and I do mean days, to sew the hexagon blocks to create this beauty.  All in all, I spent about five days (working a few hours a day) on the individual blocks alone. After I finished the individual blocks, I still had to piece them together to create three larger pieces for the front and back skirt pieces to be cut from. The pattern calls for you to finish the skirt hem with a facing. I must admit it is my least favorite part of sewing this skirt, and I would recommend a bias tape finish, even if you do not want a contrasting border. To finish the hem with bias tape, you will need to trim off the seam or hem allowance. For example, last year, I made a corduroy skirt and finished the hem with bias tape. The skirt pattern had a 1-inch hem allowance, so I trimmed one inch from the hem and finished the hem with double fold corduroy bias tape. I did the same with this skirt; I cut the ⅝ inch seam allowance and finished it with a ½ inch wide double fold bias tape. I also think this bias tape finish is perfect if you sew the reversible version of Agave if you want a contrasting border on one side of the skirt.

I must say this skirt was probably one of my most intensive projects for the year. Small details, such as making the hexagon blocks, usually require more work, but it is so rewarding when it comes together.