Winter stuck around a little longer than normal this year in Colorado, but it’s finally feeling like summer!
To celebrate this warm weather and Skirt Week (Hooray!!!), I whipped up this super duper easy elastic waistband skirt. Want to make one too?
- 1 inch elastic
- Fabric (I used Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study Voile Fine Feathered in Pomegranate)
- General sewing supplies (the usual suspects… thread, scissors, pins, a sewing machine, etc.)
The first step is to take measurements for when you cut your fabric. For the length, measure from waist (or wherever you want the skirt to sit) to where you want the skirt to end, and add on some extra to account for your hem and finishing your top edge (the extra I added on was 1.5 inches) . For the width, I just used the width of the fabric off the bolt. For a fuller skirt, just add some extra to the width. Then cut your fabric accordingly. I wanted to have seams on the right and left sides of the skirt instead of a seam in the back, so I cut my fabric in half to two equal pieces.
Since I don’t have a serger (yet!) I used French seams to encase the raw edges. French seams are super easy, but sound fancy. To do a French seam, place your fabric so the wrong sides are together and stitch with a ¼ inch seam. Then turn the fabric so the rights sides are facing, press, and stitch with a ½ seam.
I finished the top of the skirt by folding the fabric down ½ inch then another ½ inch and topstitching.
For the elastic, cut it to the length of your waist (or wherever you want the skirt to sit). Then, overlap the ends by 1 inch and stitch an x-ed box.
Now you will pin your elastic to the fabric, with the elastic on top of the right side of the fabric. To get the fabric distributed evenly when you are pinning the elastic and fabric together, here’s a little trick. Pretend like your loop is a clock face and pin at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock. Then add pins at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. Then, add in pins at the middle points between those 4 pins.
Now, just stitch, stretching the elastic gently so that it is the same length as the fabric between each pin.
All that’s left is to try the skirt on and see where you want the hem to be. I ended up folding my hem up ¼ inch and then another ¼ inch and topstitching.
Thank you so much to my sister Laura of Laura Murray Photography for snapping these shots of my new summer skirt up at Lake Dillon in Colorado!