Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Very Simple Skirt Tutorial


This has been such an exciting last few days for me. My Shoe Makeover Tutorial was actually featured on one of my favorite blogs Ucreate and I feel so honored to be amongst the talented ladies that Kari has displayed on her lovely blog. Thank you so much for all your sweet comments, I absolutely love reading them and I'm so happy that many of you are inspired to take on the project!

I'm really hoping to get more clothing tutorials up soon as creating clothes for myself is really becoming a passion of mine. I thought this one would be a good one to start with. It's a very, very simple project and perfect for a beginner seamstress. If you've never sewn before but have always wanted to, I encourage you to take on this project.




Materials Needed
  • 1 yd    or   1 and 2/3 yd of Fabric (explained below)
  • 1.5" wide elastic
  • Coordinating thread color 


Fabric- I found this yellow damask stretchy knit fabric for just 3.99 a yard at Golden D'or in Dallas. If you live in the area I'd strongly recommend checking it out. They have a great selection of apparel fabrics.  

For this project I would recommend using a knit, voile, silk, charmeuse, or any other soft fabric. Cotton would work too but I would stay away from heavier weights. 

You'll need one side of your fabric to be at least 60". My fabric just happened to be 60" wide so all I had to buy is one yard (You can find the width of your fabric on the bolt sticker) This is what my fabric looked like. 

However, if your fabric is only, say 45" wide, you'll need to buy 60" (1 and 2/3 yard) of fabric. You may also want to do it this way if you are wanting to make a longer skirt. 

Fold fabric like a hot dog so that the 60" sides are together. I folded mine with one side longer than the other because I wanted to add a little length. 



Pin around the perimeter to keep fabric in place. 


 

At the top fold of the fabric lay down your elastic to use as a guide and pin just underneath it. 


Sew a straight line across the top where you just pinned. Now you have a casing for your elastic.


Measure a piece of elastic around your waist or your hips depending on where you want to wear the skirt. Cut the elastic about an inch longer than what is a comfortable fit around your waist/hips. Attach a safety pin through one end of the elastic.


Thread your elastic through the casing. Pin each end in place at each opening of the casing.


Stretch...


and let go to get a nice, even gather.


If you want a finished edge at the bottom of your skirt, go ahead and hem or serge the bottom layers of your skirt now. I chose to leave my edges unfinished because stretch knit doesn't fray.

Pin the two sides together and sew straight down.  Sew directly across from this seam so that there will be a seam on either side of your hip.


You're done!


Pair with a cute tee and belt and show off your new creation!



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51 comments:

Happy in red said...

This is a great tutorial, thanks!
Esther.

Tanya said...

That is so great! You made it look so easy!

Rachel said...

Cute! I love the double layer look. And that belt is fantastic!

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

janet said...

Hello Katy,

I love this! I just posted about altered couture and I can see me doing this with a over sized thrift shop dress or skirt in place of purchased fabric.

Well done girl!

janet xox
http;//theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

Jamie said...

that looks so comfy!!! thanks for the tutorial!! :)

Justine said...

love LOVE it! Such a great,easy tutorial. I love yellow damask anything, so I love your exact skirt...I might need to go on a fabric search! Thanks for sharing!

aStarToSteerHerBy said...

thanks for the tutorial! this is such a lovely breezy skirt!

Ashley@EisyMorgan said...

awesome job Katy! This is going to be featured at my party today, thanks for linking up:)

Amanda said...

Really great tutorial! I went to school for fashion design and they way you explained this was wonderful, much better than a lot of books I have used! Thank you for sharing!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

ADORABLE!!! and looks so simple! i must try! I'd love for you to link this up at my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! I think my readers would love it too :)

Tynk said...

Your skirt is really cute!! Great job!
(I must admit, I love your vneck white tshirt too! LOL Mind sharing where you bought it? I'm having a really hard time finding one!)
Thanks, Sherri

Katy said...

Thank you Tynk, Of course not! I got it from Target for $8. It's called the Boyfriend tee. They have all kinds of fun colors too. Thanks for reading!

ShannonSews said...

I LOVE your skirt! The layers looks so breezy and feminine. Very pretty! Thanks for showing us how it's done!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Hey I featured this on my blog tonight! Come grab a button :)

http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/06/your-whims-wednesday-12-and-features.html

Moquelish said...

Such an easy skirt! I really love the yellow. It looks really cute.

Megan @ Cut the Craft! said...

Super cute! Love the print!

Megan
www.CutTheCraft.com

Tynk said...

Thanks! On the "get" list now for Target :)
Sherri

Marcy said...

I am soooooo making this out of a maxi dress that is now too small at the top....if you know what I mean!! ;) thank you for the awesome tutorial! I can't wait to get started!

Anngela said...

Hi Katy! Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I got around to making one of these finally--I also made a dress version--thought you'd like to check out the mention and what I came up with! :)

http://anngelasprettylittlethings.blogspot.com/2011/07/very-simple-strapless-dress-mini.html

<3 Anngela

Kelli said...

I love this tutorial and I made a cute skirt from it. I blogged about it today and wanted you to know!!
www.smalltownstitcher.blogspot.com/201107/why-I-love-linkups.html

libbysmom said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Mine is not quite as cute as yours, but I tried...
http://kellybourlandstyle.blogspot.com/2011/07/krafty-kelly-striped-knit-skirt.html

Kristen said...

Where did you get your belt?? I love it!

naomimarcus said...

Hey Katy, I made a skirt using this tutorial a few weeks ago and just blogged about it :)
http://naomimarcus.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/i-made-a-skirt/

Thanks for the great tutorial once again! x

Katariina Fagering said...

My daughter made this skirt. thanks for the great tutorial.

http://gypsylovecafe.com/2011/08/30/a-tuesday-in-my-life/#comments

Big Love,
Katariina

Kristal said...

GORGEOUS! I love that you show how to make stuff! You are talented! Beautiful girl! New follower :)

http://sincerelyarizona.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth said...

This is a great tutorial, I am going to try it this weekend! Do you mind me asking where you got your belt? I love it

N. said...

This is so cute! OK, I am a little spatially-challenged so I didn't get this part of the tute:

"Pin the two sides together and sew straight down. Sew directly across from this seam so that there will be a seam on either side of your hip."

OK, so after you sew the 2 raw edges together, you have a tube with a seam down one side (the one you just sewed together) and a fold on the opposite side. So, does this mean that you then sew down the fold so you'll have a seam down each side of your hips?

Help!

Katy said...

N.

Yes you're exactly right! You could leave it with only one seam if you like though.

Collective Creations said...

Darling Skirt! Looking for a skirt to make for my daughter. She would love something like this. Great tutorial, also! Thanks so much!

addieg93 said...

I love your blog! I had my appendix out and have been so bored. I stumbled on it one day, and saw the bow shirt and just had to try it. I went to my mama's house and stole her sewing machine, and used it for the first time. Since then, I've attempted almost every tutorial on your site. Please do something like high waisted shorts that can be made with a cute fabic, or even just plain shorts! I'm having a hard time finding ones that I like. Also, do you have any suggestions for other blogs that are like yours with clothes tutorials? I'm addicted! Thanks! -Addie,
addieg93@yahoo.com

haleygeek said...

This is a great little tutorial! Thank you! Golden D'ior has some silks I've been wanting to try with a similar pattern - I'm thinking two layers. CityCraft on Lovers and Inwood also has some designer voile fabrics that would be great for this!

Chrissy + Nate said...

Thank you so much: I used this tutorial to make my own skirt and it's so cute! Thanks again!

beebeejaybee.com said...

wow so easy, I must try this next time I come across

Francesca MyStrawberryNose said...

wonderful tutorial!!!i'll try to do it!!!

mystrawberrynose.blogpot.it

Stephany said...

I just finished making this skirt. My husband bought me a sewing machine on Tuesday. I've only made a laptop cover and 2 cases for glasses. This is my first apparel project and I can't wait to wear it tomorrow. I'll be carrying a pair of shorts in my purse in case it falls apart. I'm new at this sewing thing and I'm very nervous about wearing my first homemade skirt in public. Thank you for the great tutorial!!!

Resa said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'm teaching several of my friends to sew this summer and this was their first clothing project. After 1.5 hours this morning, I had 5 very pleased ladies leaving with brand new skirts!

anjamh said...

In your tutorial, you pin along the edge where you want to sew with the pins facing the same way as the fabric. In order to make it easier, you typically lay the pins perpendicular to the fabric. This allows for the sewing machine to sew over the thin silver part of the pin, and thus you don't have to take them out as you sew. This speeds up the process and makes everything easier. If you're using the pins to mark how wide the elastic is, I'd suggest just measure and using the guidelines on the machine to make sure you are sewing a wide enough tube for the elastic band. If you didn't know about pinning, I hope I've helped you learn something!
Love your tutorial, btw :)

Tracey said...
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krldurb said...

Hey! I love your blog and your tutorials are amazing! I actually made this skirt a while ago, but just posted it to my blog with a link to this post! Come check it out http://lovinlifeasadurbwife.blogspot.com/2012/07/simple-elastic-band-skirt.html

lisacng said...

I need simple instructions, so thank you. It's really cute!

MamaTerri said...

Seems I am the only confused one in the bunch, but you know there always has to be one slow person, LOL. When you fold the fabric initially to get the longer length, does that mean the bottom layer of the skirt is the back side of the fabric? I am planning to make this and don't want to mess it up. Love your tutorial and your skirt!
thanks for sharing!

Tracey said...

I LOVE this skirt (and your belt!!). I highlighted your tutorial on my blog today http://ciaofromtexas.blogspot.com/2012/09/5-fun-skirt-tutorials.html

I can't wait to try this out this week!

Erika Kelley said...

My bf just bought me a sewing machine yesterday, I found this tutorial and couldn't wait to try it out! So I headed off to the fabric store and started on this project, and hour and a half later I had a beautiful skirt and was so proud of myself! I made mine in maroon (I'm an Aggie, so it's a must) and I can't wait to wear it to midnight yell tonight! Whoop! Thanks so much for the tutorial, I plan to make many more in tons of colors! :)

Thamires Castro said...

i looooved *-* by : Thamires - Brasil

Erika said...

Thanks for this tutorial! I used it to make a skirt to wear to Thanksgiving and it turned out really well. My first ever attempt at making a piece of clothing for myself. Yay! I posted about my endeavor on my blog, if you want to have a look.

http://agirlcallederika.blogspot.com/2012/11/simple-skirt.html

Thanks again for the tutorial! Can't wait to try some of your others.

ravfamily said...

I'm also a little confused, like MamaTerri, I don't understand the laying out of the fabric. It does seem like the bottom, longer layer is the back side of the fabric, is that correct?

Ashley Carmichael said...

You're ridiculously awesome, I think I might be addicted to all of your stuff...now I just need a sewing machine! Lol, thanks and Gig 'Em!

Saundra said...

I found this tutorial through Pinterest! Your directions were very understandable, and I enjoyed making it!

If you want to take a look at how my skirt turned out, you can visit my blog: http://www.saundra-b.blogspot.com/2013/05/diy-skirt_28.html

Tracy Cotton Pickin Cute said...

Hi Katy. I love your cute skirt. I just saw it on pinterest. I've been sewing for years but I'm still afraid of sewing knits. Every time I've tried the hems look awful. This would work since there's no hem. Do you ever sew the tee-shirt knits? Any tips on how to work with them? Thanks for the great tutorial.

P.S. I'm having a giveaway for a $100 gift code for a Hapari Swimsuit and a giveaway for a $25 Denny's gift card on my blog http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com - I'd love you to stop by and enter if your interested.

Tracy Cotton Pickin Cute said...

Hi Katy. I love your cute skirt. I just saw it on pinterest. I've been sewing for years but I'm still afraid of sewing knits. Every time I've tried the hems look awful. This would work since there's no hem. Do you ever sew the tee-shirt knits? Any tips on how to work with them? Thanks for the great tutorial.

P.S. I'm having a giveaway for a $100 gift code for a Hapari Swimsuit and a giveaway for a $25 Denny's gift card on my blog http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com - I'd love you to stop by and enter if your interested.

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