I made 4 skirts so far, with one more to do before the end of today.
These are super easy once you get the hang of it. If you have never sewn before, you will need to familiarize yourself with your machine, tools, and know how to sew a straight seam.
If you know that already, this skirt should take about 2 hours, if that!
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I'm going to take you through creating your own simple skirt, based on the book "Sew What! Skirts". If you like to sew or think you'll like to sew, this book is a great resource.
Start by choosing your fabric. I buy on sale whenever possible. You will need 1 yard if petite. If you are not petite, you will need about 2 yards or so. If you want a length longer than the knee, add more fabric (about 2 1/2 yards). If you are larger than size 24, get 3 yards just to be sure. You can also make a longer skirt using the 3 yards.
In this instance, I've chosen a simple, pretty cotton fabric, the type usually found in the quilting areas of fabric stores. When learning how to sew, I recommend that you start with cotton fabric and make sure there is a good design on it, as it will help hide mistakes! ;) Be sure to get a matching thread.
Take the cotton fabric home and wash it in hot water; then dry on hot as well. This is to ensure that the fabric is well shrunk (if it would tend to shrink at all), prior to your cutting it into a pattern. Never skip that step!
Iron the fabric with right sides together, lengthwise, so the selvage is on one side and the fold on the other. (The selvage is the "finished edge" of the fabric. You can look up the word on the internet if you need more help).
At this point you may either make the skirt pattern piece on a 3' x 3' piece of pattern cloth or paper, or you may also mark the pattern directly on the fabric with a washable fabric ink pen.
Because we are making an elastic waist skirt, we will go by the hip measurement. If your hips are smaller than your waist, do the opposite and use your waist measurement.
Here is an example:
If my hips measure at 40 inches, I would add 4 inches for ease/seam allowance and write down 44 inches. Divide it by 4 = 11 inches for "A". I would then use a ruler to measure from the fold edge of the pattern/fabric toward the selvage 11 inches.
I want my skirt length to be 30 inches, so I add 2 inches and measure down from the waist with a ruler down 32 inches for “B”, which equals the length of my skirt.
This photo shows sewing the side seams with a regular seam stitch.
This shows sewing the side seams using a serger.
TIP: using another pin, tack the end of the elastic to the opening of the casing so it won’t accidently get pulled in its entirety.
Turn up the hem about a half inch. Iron. If you wish, you can use double sided fusible tape, such as Stitch Witchery: http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Stitch-Witchery-Regular-Tape/dp/B0001DSIHI to tack down every five inches or so. Follow directions.