Since the end of summer is fast approaching (although the 95+ degree weather outside begs to differ), I’m bringing home this color block skirt tutorial which originally appeared on The Sewing Rabbit.
Summer is my absolute favorite season and I love to wear skirts and dresses as much as I can before the weather gets cold here in Colorado. I’m on a skirt kick right now, and I’m excited to share my Easy Color Block Skirt Tutorial with you all. This skirt is pretty easy to make, so this is a perfect project for the beginner seamstress.
- Main fabric
- Contrast fabric
- 1 inch elastic (cut to the measurement of your waist)
- General sewing supplies
1. Cut 2 rectangles out of your main fabric and 2 rectangles out of your contrast fabric. For the main fabric, I used the width from the bolt (about 44 inches) and 13 inches tall. I then cut it up the middle so I had 2 rectangles of 13 x 22 inches. I used Dear Stella Designs Bar Code in Gray.
2. Cut out 2 rectangles out of your contrast fabric. I used the width from the bolt again (about 44 inches) and I cut it 9 inches tall. I, again, cut it up the middle so I had 2 rectangles of 9 x 22 inches. I used Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton in True Cobalt.
Tip: Check out this page to figure out how much fabric you need to make a skirt using your own measurements.
3. Pin your contrast fabric to your main fabric, wrong sides together and aligned on the top. Stitch a ¼ seam.
4. Press your seam and flip the fabric so the right sides are together and stitch a ½ inch seam.
5. Press the seam up towards the contrast fabric.
6. Top stitch ¼ inch.
7. Repeat for the other rectangles. Now you have a front panel and a back panel.
8. Now, pin the front panel together with the back panel, wrong sides together.
9. Stitch up the sides with a ¼ seam.
10. Press your seam and turn the skirt inside out so the right sides are together. Press.
11. Now stitch a ½ inch seam. Press.
12. You should now have a loop of fabric with the top edge and the bottom edge unfinished. We are now going to insert the elastic waistband.
13. Turn your skirt inside out and fold the top edge down ¼ inch, press, and fold down another 1 ¼ inch, pressing again. This is going to be the casing for your elastic waistband.
14. Now stitch close to the edge of the folded down area, leaving about a 2 inch gap. We’ll need this gap to insert the elastic.
Tip: I like to mark a horizontal line on each end of my elastic on the same side. I have a tendency to end up with a twisted elastic and this helps keep me oriented.
15. Place a pin at the end of the elastic and push it through the casing.
16. Once you have the elastic all the way through, line up your two end pieces, overlapping them by 1 inch, and sew them together, stitching and x-ed box.
17. Now, close the 2 inch gap in the bottom of the casing.
18. Put your skirt on and check where you want your hem to be and pin.
19. Now, just finish your hem. I folded my hem up ¼ inch, and then another ¼ inch and top stitched.
Thank you so much to my awesome sister Laura of Laura Murray Photography for taking the pictures of my color block skirt.