Beginner Sewing: Make a Super Simple Elastic Waist Skirt

Do you have 30 minutes or so? This skirt is yours!

Can you tell we’re dedicated to beginner sewing? We are going to convince you that you CAN sew, and that it IS easy. Truly. Here’s another project in our beginner series, and this one is a real win for several reasons. Obviously it’s easy. But did you consider that elastic waist skirts are ideal for both kids and adults? Also, you can determine the seasonality of your skirt based on the fabric you choose … soft, light cotton for warmer months, or heavy denim or corduroy for fall/winter. Ready to sew?

Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

Dritz® supplies:

Other supplies:

  • ¾ to 1 yard cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface

Notes:

SA = seam allowance

Beginner know-how: a seam allowance is the space between the cut edge of fabric and the stitching line.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

1) Measure from natural waist to desired length. Write measurement in the equation and add 3 ½” to determine cut length. Cut full width of fabric to cut length.

If extra fullness is desired, cut 2 widths of fabric. Trim off extra fullness from second piece if too full.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

2) Cut off selvages from fabric ends.

Beginner know-how: selvages are the woven edges along each side of fabric length.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

3) Stitch fabric ends together with French seams. Align short ends wrong sides together and pin. Stitch with ¼” SA.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

4) Trim seam allowance to 1/8”.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

5) Press seam flat. Turn skirt wrong side out and press seam. Roll seam with fingers to push stitching to edge of seam.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

6) Stitch seam again with 3/8” SA. Press seam flat.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

7) To press in bottom hem, turn up ½” first (top of picture), using Ezy-Hem® Gauge. Then, fold hem to 1 ½” mark and press (bottom of picture).


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

8) Topstitch near top fold of hem. (Picture is stitched on right side. You can stitch on wrong side. It will be easier to see the top fold of the hem.)


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

9) Press waistband down 1 ½”.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

10) Open waistband and press raw edge down about ¼”.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

11) Use sewing gauge to measure 1” from needle and mark with masking tape.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

12) To form casing for the elastic, stitch around waistband 1” from top edge. Leave a 3” opening for inserting elastic into casing.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

13) Measure waist for elastic. Subtract 1” and cut elastic to measurement.

14) Pin a large safety pin to end of elastic. Insert pin into waistband casing.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

15) Pull elastic through casing. Pin elastic end to skirt to keep it from pulling into casing.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

16) Stitch ends of elastic together, making sure elastic is not twisted.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

17) Tuck elastic into waistband casing.


Beginner Sewing: Make an Easy Elastic Waist Skirt

18) Stitch casing closed.

The elastic is now hidden inside of the casing, and your skirt is ready to wear!

If you are a beginner, we have many resources for you! Be sure to see our other beginner projects, brush up on the most needed sewing supplies for your stash, and visit our YouTube channel to see many of our handy dandy products in use.

Regardless of your skill level, if you just like skirts, we’ve got a few of those for you to check out, too.

Happy sewing! Let us know how your skirt turned out!

 

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