The Lapa: Easy Wrap Skirt with a Belt

The Lapa: Easy Wrap Skirt with a Belt

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Rob shows us how to make a lapa African wrap skirt with a tie belt using New Wave yardage by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry for Benartex. Get supplies by clicking the link below:

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  1. wow, this is cool. its exactly the same as what we wear in the islands. This piece you call a lapa, we call an an ie (ee-ye) – short for ie lavalava. Its part of a two peice outfit we ladies wear called a puletasi. We dance in them and we go to church in them, we wear them to formal events and – well, to almost everything that involves the pacific culture. Thank you for sharing this 🙂 –

  2. I've been checking out your videos. Just wondering if you have done a tutorial on Thai Fisherman Pants? (Subbed btw)

  3. I must be old….I've been reading the comments and giggle because it's one of the first skirts that I ever made back in the early 70's. They were so popular with stretch and sew, cut a tad different because they were circular but the wrap around concept was the skirt! Thanks for the reminder and I plan to sew one for my granddaughter!

  4. I have a skirt like this which was made in Senegal. I also made one in my sewing class. Both of them contained darts. I am happy to have learned how an easierway to connect the belt. Thanks for making your videos. I subscribed.

  5. A large button whole would be nice to pull one of the waist ties through. That way you will not have a gap at the side. The waist will be smooth all around.

  6. Just finished my first one…. It's the first piece of clothing that I've ever sewn. Turned out pretty good. I guess all that quilting does convert into sewing skills. I'm giving it to my niece and her daughter. I'll let them fight over it until the next one is made.
    Thanks Rob for the inspiration and taking the fear out of making clothes with my sewing machine… it's not just for quilts anymore. 🙂

  7. my son and i real do enjoy watching your videos. he says thanks again he a beginner what the easy project for him. pillows and pot holes he knows, and want to the next he says he want to make this one for me. so how many yards of fabric is this?

  8. Love this Tutorial Rob.  As you mentioned, would also be a great beach cover up.  Definitely on my to do list.  Always enjoy your energy. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Oh Rob! You look so cute in that skirt! LOL Reminds me when I was making a bridesmaid dress for a girlfriend. I had my husband try it on so that I could make sure it was looking okay. I am definitely going to make this skirt.

  10. Awesome as always Rob. I could have used this when I was in the islands last month. I would have worn one like Pierce Brosnan in 'The Thomas Crown Affair'. A fat, much less handsome Pierce Brosnan.

  11. Thanks for the video, I belong to a drum circle and I can't wait to make some for the kids who love to dance.

  12. Thanks for the great skirt video Rob! I changed it a little and used some of your techniques from the curtain video to create a cute reversible wrap skirt for my 6 year old niece. Can't wait to send it to her! Thanks again!

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