Simple is the new smart. If that is true this simple skirt I am making is the best thing since the sewing machine was invented. Because you do not need a pattern to sew it. How smart is that!
You simply cut a rectangular piece of fabric and thread elastic through a simple casing you make and make it into a tube and you have this cute little skirt.
The best thing is that you would have made your simple skirt without any pattern whatsoever.
The table given below shows you all the details like the age of the wearer, approximate waist round ( If you are gifting the skirt this is nice to know – better than breaking the surprise by sneaking on them with your tape measure to measure their waist) and the measure of the fabric you need to cut for these waist sizes
This is better as a knee length skirt or just under the knee – longer than this and you will need a slit to let you walk properly.
Age Waist round Length of skirt Width of fabric for the skirt Length of fabric for the skirt 0-6 months 12-14 inches 6 - 8 inches
(4 inches for a newborn)
27 inches Length of the skirt you need + 2.5" 6-12 months 16 inches 8 -10 inches 33 inches " 12-24 months 18 inches 10-12 inches 37 inches " 3-4 years 20 inches 12-14 inches 41 inches " 5-6 years 22 inches 12-14-16 inches 45 inches " 7-8 years 23 inches 12-14-16 inches 47 inches " 10-12 years 24 -27 inches 12-14-16 inches 49 inches " 14-16 years 26 -28 inches 18-19 inches 53 inches " Small Adult 26-30 inches 19-21 inches Double the waist round + 1" " Medium Adult 31-35 inches 19-21 inches Double the waist round + 1" " Large Adult 36-40 inches 19-21 inches Double the waist round +1" "
As per this table, you should be cutting a fabric piece of the following dimensions
Length = length of the skirt you need + 2.25 inches extra for the hem and waistband
Width = 2 times your waist round + 1″ ( or 1.5 times your hip round + 1″)
If you want to line this skirt, cut lining the same as the main fabric.
Cut 3/4 ” elastic equalling waist round -1″
Step 1 First and foremost hem the skirt piece – just turn under the bottom edge twice, 1/2 inches each. This will give you a nice enough hem.
If you want a wider hem take that much extra and stitch.
Step 2 Join the lengthwise edges of the skirt piece with a 1/2 inch seam allowance and make the skirt tube
( If you are using lining do the same for the lining as well separately. )
Step 3 Make the casing for the elastic by turning under the top edge twice; first 1/4 inch and then 1″ ; Leave 2 inches unstitched so that you can insert the elastic through it.
Insert the elastic through this unstitched portion into the casing with a safety pin attached to one end of the elastic.
Stitch the elastic ends together with 1″ allowance. Use zig zag stitching some 3-4 times to reinforce your stitching.
After you have elastic inside safely, Close the hole .
Align the elastic properly so that the gathers are all around the waist. Stitch the elastic in atleast two places to keep it in place.You can use tacking stitches with your hand sewing needle.
(If you are using lining keep the skirt and lining together and make the waistband casing together as one fabric. Then the lining should be hemmed after the skirt is hemmed so that you can ensure that the lining is shorter than the skirt.)