(Disclaimer: This was meant to be a little silly. I know it’s not “real” sewing–although I have sewn and worn real skirts like this.)
Okay, I don’t know if this counts as a full-fledged tutorial, but I’m gonna share it with you and see if anyone out there has done this, too.
When I was in college I worked at Fabricland. If you are old enough, you’ll remember this store in the US–it eventually became JoAnns. Anyway, I worked at Fabricland in Bellingham, Washington–probably in 1988 to 1989. This was one of our favorite songs near that time.
(Oddly enough, I just found out that my neighbor/friend across the street, whom I’ve known for 9 years now, worked at Fabricland–at the same store–at the same time that I did! Small world, huh? I’m now dating a man that I met at that same time, too, but that’s another story not for this blog!)
Being college students, my friend and I were broke but always wanted cute clothes. Luckily for us, I had a sewing machine and worked at a fabric store–and we both knew how to sew. I perfected the cheap, easy skirt.
–3/4 to 1 yard of fabric, or enough for the length of your skirt plus about 5 inches. 42″ wide fabric was fine for me back then, but not so much anymore. Home decorating fabric is about 54″ and has a great weight for a skirt. The fabric needs to be as wide as your hip measurement plus about 4 inches for ease. The Moda twill in the Spirit collection would be great for this, but I don’t have any of the twill.
–1″ to 2″ elastic in a length that is enough to go around your waist.
1) Cut the fabric parallel to the selvedge so that the width of the fabric is about 4 inches more than the widest part of your hip/waist/tummy measurement–add fewer than 4 inches if you want a tighter skirt, but that gives plenty of room as long as you are sure to measure yourself correctly.
2) Cut the length of the fabric to be the length you want for your skirt plus enough for a waist casing and a hem. I always used a narrow hem to be able to buy the least amount of fabric possible.
3) Sew your fabric together down the length of the fabric, creating a tube.
4) Hem one edge.
5) Make a casing in the top edge and insert elastic, close the opening where you threaded through the elastic.
6) Put your skirt on and admire how cute you look in it!
Note: If your skirt is short enough, you won’t need to do anything fancy like adding a slit to the process. However, if you need to add a slit because you need some walking room in the skirt, do this on step 3. Stop sewing and backstitch when you are about 6 inches (or desired length of slit) from the bottom edge of skirt. Fold seams open, and use what would be the seam allowance as your hem for the slit opening. Continue on to step 4.
That is The Easy Skirt. So easy and quick to make! Not a great feat of sewing but it works! My friend Karen and I made many of these skirts. My favorite of which was black with a green stripe/check/plaid pattern on it. It was mostly black with square outlines in green, basically. I used the 2″ wide elastic on that one, which also made it nicer. And I did do a slit, so it was a more respectable length. I always wore it with black tights and my favorite green sweater–that was not cheap, and purchased in Vancouver BC. Ahhh, such fond memories of college!!
But, back to the present!
I actually made a skirt very similar to this last year. I made a yoga waistband instead–meaning I used some cotton lycra knit fabric, folded it in half, and attached it at the waist with my serger instead of doing a regular waistband casing with elastic. The waistband looks all puckery because it’s really pretty small for the fullness of the skirt and had to stretch quite a bit.
I actually made the skirt a bit too full and the the waistband was kind of small for the skirt. I should go back and fix it, because I like the fabric!
So, have you ever made a skirt like this? Surely, lots of you have done it, right?