A must-make addition to your summer wardrobe.
What a fun twist on an elastic waist skirt! The front seam/split and tie sash create the illusion of a wrap, while the soft wide elastic waistband delivers comfort and fit. This clever combination of details makes this a winning summer skirt. It comes together in about an hour using basic Dritz sewing supplies and colorful fashion elastic.
Take a look at these beauties. Notice the details that provide the faux wrap look: the front seam/split and the tie sash (which you’ll secure using Dritz double-cap rivets).
And talk about comfort and fit. The Dritz 2″ wide soft waistband elastic sits snugly at the waist, giving the skirt (and you!) a flattering silhouette.
- 2” soft waistband elastic (we used coral and green for the 2 skirts shown in this post)
- Ezy-Hem® gauge
- Chalk cartridge set
- Sewing gauge
- Easy Grasp® pins
- Quick turn
- Tapered awl
- Double-cap rivets
- Rivet tools
- Rubber mallet
- ¾ yd – 2yds of fabric (see chart below)
- Sewing machine
- Fabric scissors
- 1 yd. fusible interfacing (Such as FairField™ Stabilize)
- Iron and pressing surface
SA = seam allowance; RST = right sides together; WST = wrong sides together
1) Measure hips and waist to determine fabric yardage.
2) Before cutting fabric, pre-wash and press it. Cut out fabric pieces following fabric prep chart above.
3) Using the Ezy-Hem gauge, fold the sides and bottom of the skirt under ¼” and press. Then fold again at ½” and press to create the hems of the skirt.
4) For a clean mitered corner, at one corner, open the second folds and mark 1” from the corner on the edge, in each direction. Then draw a diagonal line to connect the two marks. Make sure your line crosses the corner created by the pressed folds.
5) Bring RST by folding back both sides of the corner, lining up marks. Pin the sides together.
6) Stitch across the diagonal line.
7) Trim excess fabric and fold corner back over. Repeat steps 3-7 for the second corner. Press again for crisp hem lines.
8) Edgestitch around hems, pivoting at each corner.
Optional: Finish the top edge by serging or with pinking shears.
9) Overlap the sides of the skirt 3”. Pin the top of the overlapped edges together.
10) For bottom split, move the bottom corners outward away from each other to make a 4” long split. Add a pin at the top of the split.
11) Continue pinning along the overlapped edges all the way to the top of the skirt. Readjust the pins at the top if needed.
12) Edgestitch along overlapped side to top of split. Backstitch at top of split.
13) Cut soft waistband elastic 3” shorter than waist measurement. Sew elastic ends together with a ½” SA. Zigzag stitch elastic edges down.
14) Find the side “seams” of the skirt. Lay skirt flat with the split centered on the front of the skirt. Mark the sides with the chalk pen. Bring marks together to find center back and front. Mark front and back. Bring each mark together to find the halfway point between each mark. Mark halfway points. Do the same on the stitched elastic.
15) With RST, align lower edge of elastic with top of skirt at each mark and pin together. Be sure to match skirt center back and elastic seam. Inset edge of skirt about 1/8″ on elastic.
16) Stitch 3/8″ from edge of elastic using a slightly longer stitch length. Place skirt in machine and secure thread with one or two stitches at center back. With needle in down position, stretch elastic between pins until fabric lays flat against the elastic. Stitch while stretching and holding elastic in front of and behind presser foot. If your edges are raw, don’t worry they will be enclosed later.
17) Fold elastic up so raw edges are between skirt and elastic. On right side, stretch elastic over end of ironing board and press skirt down at seam.
18) With right side up, edgestitch along top of skirt fabric, right under elastic. Stretch elastic until fabric is flat and hold firmly while stitching. Gathers will lay flat and all raw edges are enclosed. Set skirt aside.
19) Fuse interfacing pieces to wrong side of tie strips.
20) Align two tie strips with RST and stitch around all sides with a ¼” SA. Leave an opening on one long side for turning the ties right side out.
21) Trim corners to reduce bulk.
22) Using the Ezy-Hem® gauge, press opening SA’s to match stitching line before turning the tie right side out. Using the quick turn tool, turn the tie right side out. Repeat steps 20-22 for the second tie.
23) Press the ties flat and topstitch around both ties.
24) On back of skirt, place the end of the tie on the side seams marked in step #14.
26) Repeat for the bottom corner of the tie.
27) Find the center between the two, mark it, and then add a middle rivet. Repeat steps 24-27 for the other tie.
Nice! Check out those details – you’re done with your faux wrap skirt.
Have fun picking out colorful elastic and fabric combinations, because you’ll want to make a couple of these skirts – we did!
Plan your outfit(s) – this is a versatile skirt to wear all summer long! You can create all kinds of looks with different tops and accessories.
Like elastic waist skirts? Check out the sewing tutorials for these other styles:
- The hidden elastic waist skirt (super easy – takes just 30 minutes to make);
- The clean-finish method elastic waist skirt;
- The men’s shirt refashioned skirt with elastic waistband (this is also a halter);
- The elastic waist pleated skirt.
And finally, be sure to utilize this additional elastic information:
- See all the styles of Dritz elastics that are available;
- See all the elastics projects and info on our blog;
- Check out our Elastic Fantastic Pinterest board.