Wednesday, 29 September 2010

learn to sew - skirt


The tutorial I based this skirt on called it a twenty minute skirt. And perhaps if you didn't sew it on to the wrong side of the elastic first time you'd be done in twenty! As it was the second time around it was easily finished in that time, hemming and all. We don't have pockets in ours and had only one side seam as we used one piece for the skirt body, just half a metre. Which means the skirt cost less than six dollars.
Ms A found a picture of a skirt she liked, very similar to this one on a Japanese site, she loves the look of the wide elastic waistband. So on a trip to Spotlight (sewing megastore) we searched out the elastic and chose some fabric prints. I love this one she found. (Isn't she tall, nearly eye to eye with me at twelve!)
Basically you measure the elastic around the waist and add half an inch. Overlap the end and sew with zigzag. Then on the fabric sew the side seam and add a gathering stitch round the top. Pull it in to match the elastic and then pin the wrong side out with the gathered seam eased around, top edges matching with the top of the elastic. Sew it around to the top of the elastic with a zigzag stitch, stretching the elastic as you sew. Flip it over, trim, press over twice and sew the hem.
And do not sew it the wrong way round, it is no fun at all!
p.s. And yes that hem is straight now!


  1. The fabric is great and the skirt looks super sweet. I think I need to make some of these for myself for Summer! :)

  2. Great skirt that looks perfect with those lovely legs. Those "quick" patterns only ever seem to be so for expert sewers.

  3. I like your fabric choice, it goes so well with a black top.
    I'm happy you found my tutorial helpful.
    I would like to feature you on my blog under the "you tried it" section, if you agree, of course :)

  4. Awesome skirt! I'm inspired....haven;t dusted off the sewing machine in a while, but this looks totally intimidating and cute. Thanks for sharing! ~ Jen

  5. Oh my goodness, time to go to bed for me! I meant UNintimidating. Funny.

  6. so going to give this a try! looks awsome. thank you for sharing x

  7. Love it Susie and that fabric is divine :) Kx


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