If you want to make yourself some new clothes, but don’t know where to start, this is a great project for you. This skirt can be completed in one day, and if you have the time to sit down and knock it out, it should take you about one hour. I used 100% cotton fabric (does NOT stretch). A note before we get started, make sure if this is new fabric you’ve purchased that you wash it and dry it before you make it into a garment. That way you don’t get an unpleasant surprise later on once it’s shrunk!
Things you’ll need:
1. Sewing machine
4. 1 to 1 1/2 yards of fabric (or if you have a sheet lying around you’d like to use, that’ll work!)
5. Measuring tape or yard stick
6. Iron and board
7. 1 yard of 1 inch wide elastic (more or less, depending on your waist measurement)
Step One: Take your fabric and lay it on a flat surface. Decide which side will be the top of the skirt. Measure your waist, then take that measurement and add what half of your waist measurement is. So for example, if your waist measures 24 inches, add 12 inches to make 36. Take your measuring tape and run it along the top of the fabric. My waist measurement and a half ends up being 51, but the fabric piece I had was 53 inches in length, so I decided not to bother cutting off the extra two inches.
Note: the more fabric you use, the puffier the skirt will be. You do not HAVE to stick with 12 inches more than your waist measurement. Play around with how much you add or subtract to get your perfect skirt.
Step Two: Now measure from the top of the skirt to the bottom, and decide how long you’d like the skirt to be. Then add two inches, as you will lose on inch to the elastic casing, and an inch to the hem. For my skirt, I would like a length of 20 inches. So I cut the fabric at 22 inches.
Step Three: Take your fabric to the sewing machine, and zig-zag stitch the raw edges. This will prevent fraying once the skirt is complete.
Step Four: Take your elastic, and measure it. Whatever your waist measurement is, subtract one or two inches. So if your waist measurement is 24, cut the elastic at a length of 22 or 23, depending on how tight you’d like the waist of the skirt to be once it’s finished.
Laying your fabric out with the wrong side facing up toward you, fold down the top of the skirt one inch. Place your elastic underneath if you wish, to make sure that what you’ve folded over will cover it no problem.
Fold over one inch of fabric and pin all along across the top. This will serve as the casing for your elastic waist.
Step Five: Take the fabric to your sewing machine, and zig-zag stitch the edge of the casing. Make sure you back stitch on each end!
Then take the fabric to your ironing board, and iron the casing so it’s crisp and flat.
This is what the stitches will look like on the other side of the skirt:
Step Six: Place a safety pin on one end of your elastic.
Fit the safety pin inside one end of the casing, and feed it through, pushing the fabric around it and tugging it, until the safety pin exits the other end.
Pin the two ends of the elastic together so they don’t slip back inside the casing and get lost.
Step Seven: Turn the skirt inside out, and match up the two sides of the skirt. Pin.
Take the skirt to the machine, and straight stitch the sides together about 1/4 of an inch seam allowance. Do NOT sew the casing!
Step Eight: Take the two ends of the elastic that are sticking outside the casing, and remove the safety pin. Overlap them about one inch, and sew them together. Stitch each side, then make an X inside them.
Pull the casing over the elastic, and make sure the scrunchiness is even throughout. Hand stitch the open ends of the casing together, but make sure to not stitch the elastic itself.
Step Nine: For the hem, fold up the fabric 1/2 of an inch, then fold up again. Pin in place. Do this around the whole bottom of the skirt.
Take the skirt to your sewing machine. Begin stitching at the side seam, as it will look neater and hide your back stitches better. Straight stitch the hem as close to the edge as you can. Sew all around the skirt, and end back at the side seam where you started!
This is what your hem should look like, wrong side of the fabric and right side:
Step Ten: Iron the hem so it’s flat and crisp. And guess what? You have a brand new, home made skirt!