Make a simple & easy { ELASTIC WAIST SKIRT } -Tutorial

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This is a very simple tutorial to sew an elastic waist skirt which has minimum gathers around the waist unlike other gathered elastic skirts but with great flair , all made with just one and a half metre of cloth.

I sew this simple and easy skirt pattern in less than half an hour. Even an absolute beginner can confidently start this skirt and finish it to perfection. Checkout this post for sewing tips and techniques if you are learning to sew

Infact it is the EASIEST SKIRT EVER. SKirts with elastic waists are also very comfortable to wear as it gives enough ease at the waist and with the A line shape given by the flair it is flattering to all types of figures as well.

My daughter is very particular about the colour and dresses she wears. She has some peculiar ideas about fashion which absolutely does not gel with me or her grand mother.She scoffs it as generation gap. Maybe. But this was one occasion when we met eye to eye. I instantly loved this fabric as soon as I saw this and so did she.

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    Step 1 - Take Body measurements

    For making a skirt, unlike any other garment you do not have a hundred measurement details to take care of. You just need three measurements

    Length needed 
    If I was making this skirt for myself, I would hold the tape at my waist and drop it down to the length I need. 

    Add 1/2 inches to the length needed, for  waistband seam allowance and 1/2 inch for rolled edge hem.
    Measurements needed

    Body  round. At the bust level take the measure around the body over the arms ( This may surprise you because everywhere else you have been taking measures at the hip. But this works because you will be putting on this skirt through the head. This will make a skirt with little gathers.)

    Waist round ( where you will keep your waistband of the skirt) This is for measuring the elastic

    Length Length needed for the skirt.

    To make the pattern fold the fabric ( 1.5 yards ) by half crosswise.Mark the above measures . A- B is the number you got marked from the corner. Make several dots. Then join these dots - along B's - to form the waistline . Then Mark C from B - the length of the skirt with seam allownce of waist and hem allowance added

    A-B = ( measure around the body at bust level over arms + 8 inch )/ 6.28
    B-C = Length you need for the skirt.

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    Fabric choice for this simple skirt
    You have so many options to sew this skirt. Make it in a beautiful lace fabric or a flowy chiffon or a plaid fabric - make it in all the fabric you have in your stash as I really want to. You just need to have one and a half meters of fabric with at 44 inch width to make a skirt of the length I have sewn.

    What are the things you need to make this simple skirt
    Sewing machine
    elastic 3/4 inch or 1 inch ( Length - your waist measurement)
    Fabric
    Scissors
    Pins
    Safety pin
    Marking tool
    measuring tape
    matching thread
    Iron

    I have taken pictures at every step so that you will not be confused at any stage. It also helps that this is a very easy skirt to sew with very few steps.

    Step 2.  Cut the fabric into the pattern piece 

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    Check out the Perfect way to cut fabric  you want more information on how to cut fabric  before sewing.

    Step 3. Align the slevedges of the piece and sew together

    Keeping the selvedges together right sides together, sew them together with a seam allowance of atleast 1/2 inch. Skirt is almost ready. Cutting the pattern is the most difficult part in this skirt 

    The seams has to be pressed open with an  iron, so that there is no bulk in the waistband or hems when you sew them.

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    Step 4. Sew the skirt waistband for elastic

    I cut a 1.5  inch Bias strip of the same material and made a facing for the waistband. Stitched it to the waistband rightsides togethr and turned the tape to the wrong side and press. Then turn 1/4 inch inside, and stitch a casing for a 3/4 inch elastic. Sew along the fold edge from inside. Donot forget to Leave a 1 inch opening unstitched in the waistband to insert elastic

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    Step 5. Insert elastic in the waistband

    Cut out elastic. The measurement I follow is waist round ( where I will rest the waistband) minus 1 inch + 1/2 inch for seam allowance, for a snug fit.  Try it on your waist for ease . Insert this elastic through the 1" opening in the waistband. 

    Step 6. Stitch elastic ends together

    Stitch them securely together with zig zag stitches preferably.Several lines of stitching is needed. Straight stitches are also ok. Make sure that elastic has not twisted anywhere. Close the opening after elastic is inserted and secured. 

    Step 7. Stitch in the ditch elastic to the skirt

    Make sure that the gathers are evenly distributed around the waistband. Now Stitch in the ditch between the seam lines at the waist band. This is done for securing the waistband and elastic together, and to prevent gathers coming and bunching up to one side . That is it. Your skirt is ready. 

    Step 8. Hem the skirt

    You may want to hang them for a day or two to correct the hang of the fabric. THen mark the hem properly and finish. Checkout the different types of machine hems and hand hemming stitches you could use for hemming the skirt. I have simply made a rolled edge with a rolled edge foot. It has a lettuce edge effect which I love. 

     

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    You can even hand sew this skirt. It may take a little bit more than using a sewing machine ofcourse but the satisfaction of making a garment with your hand is something else. Checkout the basic hand stitches you should know before attempting to hand sew this project.




    If you are not sure if this type of skirt would not fit you, You can checkout this article on tips for selecting the best skirt style for you

     

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