Flirty Fall Skirt with Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom: National Sewing Month 2013

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National Sewing Month 2013

Hello Favecrafts blog readers!  I’m so happy to be guest posting here today!

My name is Jamie and I blog over at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.  If you’ve never visited my blog before, I share all sorts of fun crafts, recipes, sewing projects, tutorials and free patterns.  These are just a few of my fave projects:

You’ll find all these projects and more over at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, so be sure to stop by!  (I have more than 60 tutorials on my just my Clothing and Accessories Tutorials page alone.)

I’ve always loved skirts.  To me, they are a perfect spring/summer/fall transition clothing item.  When temperatures are warm, you can pair a skirt with t-shirts and sandals.  Then as the weather starts to cool down, you can add a sweater, boots and even tights.

The project I am sharing today is a super simple, single tiered skirt.  What I love about this skirt is: 1. the construction is based on just a few measurements and the “pattern pieces” are straight cuts, so it really only takes a few minutes to cut them out.  2. The skirt has a comfy elastic waistband, but since the 1st tier is attached below the belly, there is hardly any extra bulk around the waist line.  (And who needs extra bulk there?)

Materials needed to make the Flirty Fall Skirt:

  • 1 to 1.25 yards of fabric (depending on the size you make and width of fabric.)  I used a cotton jersey fabric so the skirt would drape closer to my body, but you could use almost any fabric.
  • 3/4 inch elastic
  • tape measure, ruler, fabric marker
  • basic sewing supplies
*Seam allowances are 1/4 inch unless otherwise specified

Step 1:  Get measurements.

Measure around hip.  Add 2.5 inches to this measurement.  Refer to this as measurement A.

Measure from belly button to lower hip (Where you would like the gathered tier to start.)  Add 3/4 inch to this measurement.  (This will be measurement B.  I am 5’4” and my measurement B was 9 inches.)

Measure from lower hip area (where measurement B ended) to where you want the skirt length to end.  Add 3/4 inch for seam allowance and hem.  This is measurement C. (I went with 14 inches for a right at he knee length – though the true measurement might only have needed to be 13, it doesn’t hurt to add an extra inch to be safe. You can always trim it off later, but you can’t add it back…)

Step 2:  Cut fabric.

For the waistband/upper skirt, cut the fabric: width = measurement A by height = measurement B.  Make sure any stretch is running side to side.

For the lower tier cut two pieces of fabric: Height = measurement C by width = Measurement A  *(times) 1.5. (If your fabric is wide enough, you might be able to make this cut with just one piece of fabric.

Step 3.  Assemble skirt

Line up the sides of the skirt pieces, right sides together and sew along the side seam.  (If you are working with a fabric that will fray, finish this seam with your preferred method; zig-zag on your sewing machine, pinking shears or serger.)

To gather the bottom tier, set your sewing machine to the widest stitch length and sew a basting stitch around the top of the tier 1/4 inch from the edge.  (Many people like to sew 2 basting stitches about 1/8 inch apart.  I’ve tried it, and I agree that it helps keep the gathers even during the sewing process, though I tend to skip the 2nd row just for time-saving.)

Pull on the bobbin thread while sliding the fabric down the top thread.  Take care to spread the gathers evenly and keep gathering the bottom tier of the skirt until it is the same width of the waistband/top of skirt.

Line up the gathered edge with the bottom edge of the waistband/upper skirt, right sides together and pin together.

Sew along the gathered edge.  (If you are working with a fabric that will fray, finish this seam with your preferred method; zig-zag on your sewing machine, pinking shears or serger.)

Step 4.  Adding the elastic.

Measure around waist at belly button (or where you started your measurement in step 1.)  Cut a piece of elastic to the measurement minus 1.5 inches.  The elastic will stretch out while sewing.

Joint the edges of elastic with a wide tight zig-zag stitch (Don’t overlap the edges, just join them- this will reduce bulkiness.)

Finish the top edge of the skirt with a zig-zag or serged edge.

Divide the elastic in to 8 even sections and mark on the elastic with your fabric marker.
Divide the top of the skirt the same way.

Pin the elastic and the skirt together at the marks.  The elastic should be about 1/4 inch down from the edge.

Attach the elastic using a wide zig-zag set at the default stitch length.

Lower the needle into the elastic and sew one stitch, then stretch the elastic until the fabric is taut (but don’t stretch the fabric).  Keep sewing from pin to pin, keeping the elastic evenly stretched.

Fold the elastic over and pin in place.

Stitch right along the edge of the elastic (but not on the elastic).

Try on the skirt for a final length check and hem.  (The original measurement allowed 1/2 for bottom hem.)

You are done!

Thanks for having me today and I hope you will have full making a flirty fall skirt!

Remember to check out Jamie’s blog, Scattered Thoughts of a Craft Mom for more great ideas and tutorials!


What is the first quilting project you remember making?




  1. Tamera Wilbourne says

    Love the shirred maxi dress. Zigzag doesn’t work on my 1949 Singer, so would love to win this new beauty to expand my sewing skills! Thanks for the sewing diy instructions!!

  2. Kathy Gates says

    A pillow, then a sewing machine cover, then a Minky quilt for my hubby. 🙂 Thanks for the great tutorial! 🙂

  3. Lisa Marie says

    I made a Christmas Tree wall hanging from HSTs. I saw the pattern in a quilting/crafts catalog and I just had to make it even though I had never quilted. My skills have improved since I made it, but I still like to hang it up every Christmas.

  4. Virginia Bronner says

    You are really testing my memory with this question. Many, many moons ago when I was in the girl scouts, I remember making a pot holder. I am sure it didn’t come out perfect, but the way my mother reacted when I gave it to her, you would have thought it was a work of art. Thanks for the memories.

  5. says

    My Mother helped me create a patchwork quilt we cut squares from dress fabric remnants and tied the quilt. Wish I still had it to this day.

  6. Angie says

    I have never made a quilt but I would love to make one! I love hand made quilts and own several very old ones!

  7. O.D.P.Grider says

    I attempted to make a baby quilt.
    Love the fall skirt. made one my self some years back.

  8. Cindy says

    I made what started out to be a summer themed quilt that somehow turned into a tablecloth! It actually turned out great!

  9. Sally says

    Several years ago a women’s group I belonged to made a quilted nine- patch pot holder. I was hooked!

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