Despite the length of title, this skirt really is very simple to make and the best part is it looks like it took a lot more time and effort than it did! Please do not be put off by the amount of steps and photos - I wanted to make the tutorial as clear and detailed as possible, but this really is a quite straightforward project that you can make in less than an hour :)
You can make so many variations of this skirt too as it can be made in just about any length, in almost any material. Depending on the width of material chosen, you can make it with more or less gathered (the greater the width, the more pleaty the skirt will be) - its all up to you!
- Material for top (patterned) layer - cotton or jersey/knit work best
- Material for bottom (lining) layer - try to use the same type of fabric as the top layer
- Thick elastic for the waistband
- Fabric scissors
- Flexible measuring tape
- Sewing thread
To cut your materials, you'll need to take a few measurements.
- The width of your materials should be at least big enough to slip over your hips + 3cm/1.2in for seam allowances and the longer the width, the more gathered the skirt will be. I just cut my material from selvage to selvage so for me it was already 120cm/47in wide
- The length of your lining material should be the desired length of your skirt + 3cm/1.2in for seam allowances and the length of your patterned material will be the same plus the width of your elastic - so I cut my lining 54cm/21in long (51cm+3cm) and my floral material 57cm/22.5in long (51cm+3cm+3cm)
However, I much prefer detailed instructions with photographs, so here they are:
- Fold the bottom of your lining material up about 1cm and then fold up again to create a hem. Iron, pin in place and then stitch along the top of this seam (shown by dotted line on photo 1)
- Fold the piece of material in half widthways, right sides together (the folded seam should be on the outside) pin together and stitch down the open length.
- Repeat steps 1&2 with your patterned material. You should now have two 'tubes' , with one end raw and one end hemmed.
- As my patterned material already had the bottom and side seams stitched, I didn't have to do them (yay!) but it meant that it was about 3cm wider than my lining material (not so yay). To fix this, I simply sewed a diagonal line from 3cm in to meet the seam and cut off the excess, as shown in diagram 4. This can be used if you accidentally sew one material wider than the other - just lay them flat on top of each other with the side seams together to check if they match up. If you sewed your hems perfectly, ignore this step!
- Now, keeping both materials inside out with the seams at the bottom, put the lining
6. Next, peel the top (patterned) layer back the and it should form a long tube with the outer material the correct way around but the seam of the lining layer on the outside. This is probably the point where you'll panic as it will look rather strange but honestly, this is just right so
|No.6a.... It looks strange but this will work, I promise!|
don't be disheartened! Just push this lining down and inside the skirt until the two bottom hems reach (the patterned material will form the hem around the top) and you should be left with something like photo 6b. Lift up the top layer and you'll see that the lining is now the correct way around... See, I told you it would work!
|Elastic Waistband - easy to make, easy to wear|
I hope this tutorial was helpful and easy to understand. Feel free to leave any comments or feedback :)
Thanks for reading!
Ella Elizabeth x