How to Sew the Easiest Skirt

how to sew the easisest skirt

Even the most advanced sewists occasionally crave super simple projects. Sometimes you want to wake up, have a cup of tea, and sew a new skirt to wear before you need to eat breakfast. That’s not just me, right? Beginning and advanced sewists alike, this is a super-easy skirt worth remembering because it is just that – super easy!

easiest skirt materials

To make this skirt you need fabric and elastic. You can use just about any kind of woven fabric. For this skirt, I used a basic lightweight woven cotton because I wanted a breezy summer skirt but you can definitely use a heavier fabric to wear in other seasons. The width of your fabric will be the length of your skirt, so go ahead and cut your skirt to the right length at this point (but don’t cut the length of the fabric as we will determine how much we need in a coming step).

The specialized elastic is what makes this skirt so easy to sew.  You need to find a specialty elastic with one ruffle edge. The “ruffle edge” doesn’t have any elastic in it so it is very easy to sew fabric to it. I used a woven elastic that is 3″ wide, but you don’t have to use elastic that is quite so wide. Note that any elastic over 1″ wide is often called “heavy-duty elastic.”

mark waist size on elastic

Wrap the elastic around your waist (at the point that you will be wearing it) and mark the point at which the elastic forms a circle. You will want to use a pin or an erasable chalk/marker since your elastic waistband will be visible in the finished skirt.

measure 1 inch on elastic

Add 1″ to the elastic and cut it. I cut my elastic at an angle (on both sides) since my high waist is significantly narrower than my low waist (I have a pear shape). If you are a pear or an hourglass, you may want to make this same adjustment. If you are more rectangle or apple shaped, cut the elastic straight up and down.

sew fabric to elastic

Pin your fabric to the elastic along the length of the ruffle. Sew the elastic to the fabric, with the elastic side up so that you can easily see and sew along the line between elastic and non-elastic. You do not need to stretch the elastic as you go because you are sewing on the non-elastic ruffle.

trim excess fabric

Cut your fabric from waist to hem at the point where the elastic stops.

sew side seam

Sew up the side seam, using a 1/2″ seam allowance (Remember we added 1″ to the elastic to account for the 1/2″ seam). If you want, you can finish the side seam by serging or pinking and you can hem the bottom of the skirt. But if your fabric is pretty stable, it’s not actually necessary. You’re done! Your quick and easy skirt is ready to wear.

rectangle skirt in white and orange

Having newly returned to actual summers, this breezy skirt got a lot of wear. But I must admit that I want to track down some more of this elastic to make a couple more skirts for wearing in other seasons since it is so comfortable and easy. It’s like wearing pajamas – but it’s actually cute and totally acceptable to leave the house in it!

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      I did a quick look and didn’t find a source for it, but I would find it hard to believe that it’s not available online with a little digging. Please do share if you find one!

  1. I really searched (really really hard) and think I found that WAISTBAND ELASTIC but only in color black. Check this out and tell me if the same.
    Edit: It was found at http://www.hartsfabric.com/ and was called “Wide Ribbed Elastic” but is no longer there.

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  2. Ah, the outfit before breakfast…I know it well. Happens to me when the laundry piles up and I have nothing to wear to work. That cotton print is charming and sewing the elastic to it BEFORE cutting is the smartest thing I’ve read all day.

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