I’ve been meaning to make a wrap skirt for a while as they are so simple to make and easy to wear. I’m super happy with the end product of this skirt and am looking forward to wearing this all year round, either with a cami in summer  or turtleneck in winter.

I was initially inspired to make a wrap skirt after Sarah Kirsten released her ‘Walnut wrap skirt pattern’ to email subscribers. Her ‘no pattern designs’ are so clever and make for simple but satisfying sews. I was initially going to make her (also free pattern) morning glory top with this fabric but didn’t have quite enough so made the skirt instead.

The walnut pattern is not a ‘pattern’ as such but does provides building blocks to make a garment perfectly to your measurements. It was really easy to alter so that the skirt looked exactly how I wanted it. This made it such an enjoyable process to sew. I made a few changes when drawing up the pattern but otherwise followed Sarah’s construction method exactly.

Firstly, I made the overlap smaller (the final W measurement) so that the skirt was more asymmetrical. Consequently to make the overlap sit on the side the darts were slightly off centre so that it would sit where I wanted. The pattern had two darts in the back, and I then added two side seam darts as it wasn’t sitting quite right. I found that the measurements for darts used in the walnut pattern worked perfectly with my body which made things so much easier. I initially tried to measure them myself but ended up spending sooo long on the darts as I couldn’t get it right! I think I redid them 4 times trying to measure them out against my body myself with no luck. I also widened the waistband to about double the given width as my skirt sat a little higher than anticipated after the darts had been put in so I felt like a wider band would sit a tad nicer.

The fabric is an old cotton that my grandma had in her stash, the label on the selvedge reads 1990 so I’m impressed it has stayed in such good condition since then.  It’s kind of strange to think that this fabric is older than I am.

Overall I’m really happy with this design although I may do some final alterations next time I bring out all my sewing supplies. I’ll potentially put a button hole in the side so that the fabric sits flatter around the waist band. This fabric has more body than the linen used  by Sarah so it doesn’t sit as nice at the waistband overlap as the pattern photo. I also may add a stitch in the fabric just so the wrap doesn’t expose too much as I walk!

This was such a fun and easy thing to sew, I really enjoyed using the Walnut pattern and will have to get around to making the morning glory top another time.

Fabric- from my grandmother’s stash

Pattern- Sarah Kirsten Walnut Wrap Skirt

I’ve noticed beeswax wraps popping up in stores over the past few years as the move to being personally environmentally friendly grows. As a fairly environmentally conscious person myself, I’m always looking for ways to minimise my plastic use – no single use plastic bags and avoiding cling wrap and plastic packaging. Honestly, I get way too excited about movements such as ban the bag and any environmentally conscious or locally made products.  These wraps are small thing to do for the environment but with so many new ways to avoid plastic  it seems silly to rely on plastic packaging.

I have found that beeswax wraps are normally quite expensive so I decided I’d have a go at making some myself. This is also a perfect project to use up small scraps of woven fabric from other projects. 

I followed the instructions here and found they worked really well. I saw a few methods that used a tree rosin to make the wraps a tad less sticky but couldn’t buy it at shops and didn’t want to source it online (/was too excited and impatient to make these and didn’t want to wait for it to arrive in the post). 

I made two wraps. I sewed a button and string to the larger one to add some extra support to the wrap if it wrapped a sandwich. I also made a smaller one for baked goods or fruit. I think these are super handy and also a good way for me to feel good about reducing my carbon footprint. The materials for this project were also very environmentally friendly as I used Melbourne ‘grown’ beeswax ,Australian packaged jojoba oil and scrap fabric. I always love these types of projects that will have a use in daily life and I will be making more of these wraps as I have plenty of materials left. 

They are a little stickier than bought wraps however with use the stickiness decreases. I would recommend slightly less beeswax than what was listed in the instructions I followed. It’s important not too put too much beeswax on the fabric as I did initially, all my food ended up sticky and tasting slightly of beeswax. Minimising the beeswax so there is just enough to allow the fabric to mould will make the wraps a lot nicer and less sticky. I am overall happy with these as they are really cute, functional, use up scraps and make me feel good about minimising my plastic use!

Fabrics- Spotlight