In case you missed the announcement, we’re hosting a mini sew-along for National Sewing Month! In this four-part series, I’ll walk you through all the steps to make your very own skirt – or a closet full of them!
The first post was all about how to gather your supplies, so go check that out first if you didn’t see it yet. Click here to find it, and then come back here to learn how to make your skirt!
How to Sew a Simple Skirt
Begin by taking your body measurements:
- Measure your hips at the widest point, and add one inch for ease and seams: call this measurement A.
- Measure from your natural waist to the length you want for your skirt, then add 1.5 inches for seams: call this measurement B.
Cut a piece of fabric that measures A inches wide by B inches long.
Tip: Make sure that as you cut, the stretchiest part of your fabric goes horizontally across it, parallel to the A measurement.
Now it’s time to sew your fabric into a tube: fold the fabric in half, right sides together, so that the new measurement is 1/2 of A by B. Sew a straight stitch along the side where the two raw edges meet, using 3/8 inch seam allowance. Press the seam open.
Hem your skirt – fold up the bottom hem by 1/2 inch and press, then repeat. Sew a straight stitch along the inner edge of the fold to stitch the hem in place.
Set your skirt aside for a moment and pick up your elastic. Wrap it around your body at your natural waist to get the measurement you need; add 1″ for overlap and cut.
Form your elastic into the shape of a circle, overlapping the cut ends by 1 inch. Sew a straight seam along the two cut edges to attach it together – this is your waistband.
Now, it’s time to put it all together!
Take your waistband piece and divide it evenly into fourths – put a pin in place at each measurement point.
Now divide the top edge of your skirt fabric into fourths, and line up these points with the pins on the waistband, pinning the fabric to the wrong of the waistband just inside the bottom edge. They won’t line up exactly because the skirt is slightly wider than the waistband; that’s how it’s supposed to be. See exactly how in this quick video.
Sew along the bottom edge of the waistband, catching the skirt fabric as you sew. You will need to stretch the elastic slightly between the pins as you sew, in order to gather the skirt fabric and make it all line up. Back-stitch at the beginning and end of your seam.
Tip: Use a stretch stitch on your sewing machine to make sure the stitches don’t rip when you pull the skirt on and off.
Pull on your skirt and you’re ready to go! Share a picture and #sewalongcoats.
I hope you enjoyed making this skirt with me. If you’re feeling inspired to make more, come back and I’ll share tips and tricks on how to a simple fabric selection can create a focal point in your ensemble.
About the Author
Heather Valentine is the creative genius behind The Sewing Loft. After earning a degree in fashion design and pattern making from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Heather took her talent to some of the top name brands in the apparel industry. These days, you can find her sharing tips & tutorials on her blog, teaching at local shops and sharing her talent in online video classes. Her designs have graced the pages of many printed publications and they can be found in a store near you with the Simplicity Creative Group. This self-proclaimed fabric hoarder likes to stitch the night away and dreams of one day discovering a better way to detangle her thread collection.