If only I could show you all the fabric that I bought originally intended to make something for myself clothing wise. You would definitely think I have a problem! What is the real issue is that I think, “Ooo, that would make such a cute skirt/dress/shirt!” So I buy it and then it just sits in my fabric stash until I “lose some weight” because who wants to go to all that work when you’re not going to fit into it in a month. I wanted a new Easter outfit to go along with the boys’ matching ties and I figured it was now or never for the skirt to happen! And it was surprisingly a lot easier than I planned! This 30-minute Straight Skirt is only a few straight lines and a little bit of elastic!
- 1 1/2- 2 yds fabric
- 3/4″ elastic (or whatever you have on hand)
- Measuring Tape
- Rotary Cutter (Opt)
- Rotary Mat (Opt)
So the first thing you’re going to want to do is measure your hips with the flexible measuring tape. From that number, you’ll want to add 3″, which will give you the straight skirt effect rather than a pencil skirt. Next, measure how long you want it to be. I measured to and inch or two below the knee (with the top section added, it hits about mid-calf.
I had to cut two pieces of the fabric for my dimensions so make sure to take your waist measurement+3″ and then divide it by 2 so you can accurately cut. Then sew both sides together, a straight stitch all the way up.
So because we added a few inches to our waist measurement, you will need to bring it in a little bit to get a better fit. About 5″ from the top, I sewed a diagonal line that came in an inch on both sides (teal arrows). I also put two small pleats in folding 1/2″ and pinned them (pink arrows) to give the front a little more character.
I cut out a piece of fabric 5″ x our new waist measurement. This I folded over and then pinned to the top of the skirt, and then sewed around, leaving a small space to insert elastic. Backstitching to leave a little room before both ends, I maneuvered the ends together (opening that fold) so that I could sew them together. I folded it back down and then inserted my elastic band throughout that upper portion of fabric. The reason I had to sew it like that was so that the elastic wouldn’t get stuck and not be able to go through all the way around the waist.
After securing the elastic by making a small knot, I closed up the small hole and then did a stitch at the top, making sure not to sew the elastic but giving it a boundary of where to move (Pink Arrow)And voila! Your skirt is done!
Shirt from Bella Me Boutique
This length was perfect and comfortable! I might have to try it out with knit fabric for summer!
What would you use this skirt for?