7 Unique Skirt Patterns

For those who are new to sewing, there’s no better pattern to try than a handmade skirt.  DIY skirts can often be made in less than a few steps, and it’s super easy to obtain all the measurements you need in no time.  Flattering for several body shapes and sizes, skirts make a great fashion staple for year-round comfort and style.

Patterns like the Dollar Store Petal Skirt are great for beginners and thrifty crafters.  Made with items you can easily find at a dollar store (or items you might even have in your craft stash already), this skirt is great for kids and adults of all ages and requires very little measuring and assembly.

The Easy Breezy Skirt is also a great one for those with little to no sewing experience.  Worked up in a simple pattern and pieced together using a sewing machine, this skirt is the perfect project for beginning crafters who are looking for something unique and fun to make that easily transitions from work to play.

And speaking of play, who doesn’t love this awesome Recycled Umbrella Skirt?  Unlike anything you’ll probably see in stores, this cool skirt is the perfect way to put that broken umbrella to use.  This pattern also lends itself well to mixing and matching fabrics, textures, and styles.

As an added bonus, we’re throwing in a special giveaway that you’re sure to love.  Scroll on down to find out how you can win an awesome book filled with simple skirt patterns to flatter every body type.

 

7 Unique Skirt Patterns

  1. Easy Breezy Skirt
  2. Classic Origami Skort
  3. Dollar Store Petal Skirt
  4. Crocheted Skirt
  5. The Peggy Skirt
  6. Florida Beach Skirt
  7. Recycled Umbrella Skirt

 

BONUS!  Can’t get enough skirt patterns?  Check out our new giveaway, Stylish Skirts: 23 Easy-to-Sew Skirts to Flatter Every Figure.  Filled with simple sewing patterns for making skirts to flatter every body type, this book is great for sewists who are looking for creative ways to dress their body type.  You have until August 22th to enter, and you can enter to win once a day…so the more you return, the greater your chances of winning this awesome giveaway!  Head on over to the giveaway page now and register to win today!  Good luck!

How to Sew a Skirt to Get the Job: Interview Attire

We’ve all been there. You’ve got a job interview coming up and you have no idea what to wear. First of all, relax, you’re smart enough for the position and if they can’t see that then you don’t want to work with them anyway!

Second of all, instead of using your precious pennies on a new skirt, save some money and learn how to sew a skirt that you’ll look and feel comfortable in. Half of the hurdle of an interview is overcoming your nerves, and with these free sewing tutorials you’ll be notably more confident in your ability to put your best foot forward.

1. Anthropologie Ruffled Skirt Tutorial

For the girl who likes a little bit of flair and not just a straight edged pencil skirt, learn how to sew this Anthro-inspired piece.

Anthropologie Ruffled Skirt Tutorial

2. Mulberry Style Paperbag Skirt

If you’re not the world’s best seamstress, consider this easy DIY skirt to get a whole new look that will make you look chic and fabulous.

Mulberry Style Paperbag Skirt

3. Ruched Pencil Skirt

Certainly one of our favorite finds of late on the big, bad, worldwide web, we think this alternative take on the typical pencil skirt is fabulous. Many thanks to 2nd Story Sewing for sharing it!

Ruched Pencil Skirt

4. The Charlotte Skirt

A low-waist skirt can still take a tip or two from the good old days. We love how this sewn skirt tutorial involves a asymmetrical ruffle along the hem for a clean but fun look.

The Charlotte Skirt

5. Ruffled Peplum Skirt Tutorial

Go atypical when you learn how to sew a skirt by placing the ruffles at the waist instead of on the bottom hem.

Ruffled Peplum Skirt Tutorial

6. Anthropologie Work Skirt

For a lengthening accent, sew a ruffle down the length of your sewn skirt. We love this Anthro knock-off that shows you how to make this charming piece.

Anthropologie Work Skirt

7. How to Make a Scalloped Front Skirt

One of the earliest projects hosted on AllFreeSewing, this scalloped skirt is still a favorite. Learn how to sew a skirt that’s completely classic by following this tutorial.

How to Make a Scalloped Front Skirt

8. Knit DIY Pencil Skirt

There is always this classic solution to your wardrobe woes. You might be the type that feels great in a classic, uncomplicated piece, and that’s exactly what this sewing tutorial provides.

Knit DIY Pencil Skirt

Whether you’re learning how to sew a skirt for an interview for yourself or a loved one, these tutorials are a sure bet to boost your confidence. If you’re looking for more types of skirts, check out our updated collection of fave pieces right here. We’re wishing you great luck in your upcoming interview!

What did you wear to your first job interview?

2014 Spring Fashion Trends: Tea Length Skirts

18 Spring Wardrobe Basics

The days of the micro-miniskirt are over. This spring we are seeing tea length skirts strut their stuff down the runway. If you want to be on-trend and get a headstart on this classy new trend, these 2014 Spring Fashion Trends: Tea Length Skirts are for you. I absolutely love the look of a longer skirt or dress. It is so nice to be able to feel the spring sun and breeze on your legs without worrying about sitting down properly. This length is perfect for the office and out on the town. In fact, you could easily transition one of these skirts from a day look to a night look with the right top change and some funky jewelry. They are so versatile!

Vintage patterns have become increasingly popular. These spring fashion trends may very well owe their popularity to the hit drama Downton Abbey. We just cannot get enough of those Crawley girls and their fashion-forward sense of style. This would not be the first time vintage looks made a comeback following a popular television show. Remember the secretary skirt craze that Mad Men started? Combine the modern look of spring fashion trends and the timeless beauty of vintage patterns with these fabulous tea length skirts.

Tea Length Skirts

1. Coral Dress (bottom left) – This brightly colored skirt is perfect for a day on the town.
2. The Pinwheel Skirt (top left) – This classy vintage dress is perfect for a wedding or formal dinner.
3. Enchanting Tulle Skirt (center) – Look like a fairytale princess in this flowing tea length skirt.
4. Waistband Bow Skirt (bottom right) – Get the bohemian look with this free skirt pattern.
5. 6 Step Skirt – Make the perfect skirt in just 6 steps!
6. Jersey Skirt – Comfy and cool? You absolutely need this skirt.
7. The Lemonade Dress – What says spring more than a cool glass of lemonade?
8. Polka Dot Skirt – This classic polka dot lo will wow all your friends.

Looking for even more fancy duds for the spring season? Check out this 20 Minute Spring Sweater Redo and our Make Your Own Dresses: 4 Spring Dresses for Women page for all your warm weather wear.

What fashion trend are you waiting to come back?

 

 

Warm and Toasty Winter Craft Ideas (Plus Coookies!)

This post is brought to you by Mary Egan of CraftFoxes.com.

Now that brisk winter weather is here, you may be feeling a bit of cabin fever from being all cooped up in your house. Why not put a positive spin on all that time you have to spend indoors? With these winter crafting ideas from CraftFoxes, you can spend some snowy days making delicious winter-themed snacks, holiday decorations or winter clothing like sweater knitting patterns and boot cuffs. When it’s blustery outside, snuggle up in a sweater and do some crafting! Here are four ideas from the CraftFoxes website for awesome winter crafts.

Winter Maxi Skirt

When I think of long, flowing maxi skirts, I tend to think of summer outfits. But this winter maxi skirt can be worn with thick tights or leggings underneath for some extra warmth and a fashionable flair. To make this maxi skirt, you’ll need a section of stretch knit fabric about 60 inches wide, as well as other assorted sewing materials. Using your measurements, cut and sew the fabric as directed in this tutorial. This is a great statement piece to have in your wardrobe, and should keep you warm when paired with some tights or leggings. You can make your maxi skirt whichever color you’d like — a frosty, winter blue or some holiday red and green!

 

Snowflake Ornament

Even if it doesn’t snow where you live, the snowflake is often recognized as the quintessential symbol of winter. This embroidered snowflake ornament makes use of the snowflake in a really cute and commemorative way. To make this ornament, which you can hang on a Christmas tree or anywhere in your home during the winter holidays, you’ll need the template from CraftFoxes, an embroidery hoop, fabric, needle and thread, and other sundry materials. In addition to the snowflake, you can also embroider the date on your ornament. It might be a cute idea to embroider one of these ornaments every year, to commemorate your family’s celebration of the holiday season.

 

Knitted Nordic Mittens

When the weather outside is frightful, it’s easiest and most comfortable to just stay indoors. But sometimes you have to leave the house when it’s downright freezing! If you have to go out and brave the cold weather, you might want to take along a pair of these Nordic mittens. To make these knitted Nordic mittens, you’ll need some yarn in red and white (or any colors of your choice), as well as a stitch marker and one set each of sizes 3 and 5 (3.25 and 3.75mm) double-pointed needles. You can follow the knitting pattern on CraftFoxes. This pattern makes mittens for a hand circumference of 7-1/2 inches /19cm, but can be adjusted.

 

Bacon Banana Cookies and Melted Snowman Cookies

These absolutely delicious cookies are the perfect treat for your kids when they get home from school, or when they’ve just started their winter break! How can you go wrong with bacon banana and cinnamon cookies?

For another creative wintertime snack, try out this recipe for melted snowman cookies. The cookies are made from regular, old sugar cookie dough, so you can use any recipe that you have on hand. Then you’ll need lots of icing to add in your melting snowman. You can use a piping bag full of icing or edible icing pens for this step. When you’re finished, you’ll have an adorable, wintery snack!

 

What’s your favorite wintertime craft?

National Sewing Month 2013: 27 Free Clothing Projects for Every Season

It’s Day Thirty of National Sewing Month – the last day! Too see the daily blog posts, projects of the day, and more National Sewing Month details, click here.

National Sewing Month 2013

During the past month, we’ve had a lot of discussions over how to sew a wardrobe on a budget. Whether through thrifting and refashioning or by making clothes with scraps, there are tons of ways to create on a dime. Another way to ensure budget-friendly sewing is by choosing the right types of projects to create. Sure, current fashion fads are fun to make, and you should splurge every now and then. However, it’s much more fiscally responsible to make a classic piece that transitions from one season to the next.

Because dresses and skirts are some of our top reader projects, we’ve rounded up this collection of versatile finds. “Your DIY Maxi Dress and Skirt: 27 Free Clothing Projects for Every Season” offers you projects that might pertain to your tastes season after season. Learn how to sew a maxi dress that can work when the sun is scorching or the temperature is in the single digits. It’s not hard to master these feminine pieces of clothing. Your wardrobe will roll from fall to spring with the help of these decadently designed projects.

Your DIY Maxi Dress and Skirt: 27 Free Clothing Projects for Every Season

Long Patterned Peasant SkirtStyle with these DIY Skirts

Often labeled as a strictly spring or summer piece of clothing, skirts are actually an incredibly transitional article. When it’s hot outside, go bare-legged. Chilly? Throw a pair of tights on underneath your skirt. Frigid? Opt for wool tights or even leggings. You can still maintain that lady-like style when November through February reels in freezing temps. Find totally adorable skirts like the ones listed below and more in our 27 Free Clothing Projects for Every Season.

Sharp Pencil Skirt

Long Patterned Peasant Skirt

Ginger’s Ruffled Skirt

Ageless DIY Maxi Skirt

Marilyn Pencil Skirt

Effortless Caftan DressDress for Success Every Month

Flaunt one of the most long-running articles of clothing in history against all temperatures with our collection of gorgeous DIY dresses to sew. 27 Free Clothing Projects for Every Season features dresses tutorials on how to sew  a maxi dress that vary in style and skill level. Learn how to create a piece of clothing that sweeps the floor gracefully by checking out the excellent instructions in every one of these projects. Browse, uninterrupted, through our sampling below or scan through our whole roundup of dresses to find your perfect fit for every season.

Woman’s Knit Shirt Into Dress

The SoHo Maxi Dress Tutorial

Maternity Maxi Dress

Lady’s Shirred Maxi Dress

Effortless Caftan Dress

What are better: skirts or dresses?

 

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

It’s Day Twenty-Six of National Sewing Month! Too see the daily blog posts, projects of the day, and more National Sewing Month details, click here.

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?

 

 

19 Quick & Easy Mother’s Day Crafts

Getting your mom a gift for Mother’s Day might have stumped you in the past, but this time it won’t. We’ve rounded up a wide variety of sewing projects to show your mother just how much you care on this most special of days. It’s been said that the mother-daughter relationship is like apple pie: a lot more complicated than it looks. Luckily, these tutorials are all simple enough to master in less than a weekend.

Don’t worry if you are a beginner at sewing. There is nothing these step-by-step instructions cannot teach you! If you would rather keep a distance from the sewing machine, you’re in luck; there is an entire no-sew section just for you. Forget the department stores and get crafting today with these fun and easy Mother’s Day gift ideas.

 30 Free Sewing Patterns for Women: Mother's Day Gift Ideas

DIY Accessories

Buttoned Tablet Cover

Buttoned Tablet Cover: If your mom likes technology and gadgets, she’ll love this crafty and convenient tablet cover.

 

 

Gyme Tote Bag Tutorial

Gym Tote Bag Tutorial: Sporty mothers are such great role models. Let’s give them bags to make their lives easier.

 

 

 

 

Homemade Clothing

How to Sew Pajama Pants

 

How to Sew Pajama Pants: Make your mom’s dreams come true with these comfortable, roomy, and easily-adjustable pajama pants.

 

 

 

Ice Cream Social Skirt

Ice Cream Social Skirt: This ice cream social skirt will flutter and flow in the breeze when your mother wears it to the ice cream parlour.

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Jewelry Patterns

 

Pretty Fabric Chandelier Earrings

Pretty Fabric Chandelier Earrings: For a fantastic accessory, these fancy earrings should do the trick.

 

 

 

 

Linen Jewelry Travel Bag

Linen Travel Jewelry Bag: On-the-go moms could use a drawstring bag to hold precious jewelry items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy No-Sew Craft Projects

 

Effortless T-shirt Headband

Effortless T-Shirt Headband: This headband is made from a recycled t-shirt sleeve and is essential for the active mother.

 

 

Easy and Cheap Apron

Easy and Cheap Apron: A no-sew apron is perfect for all your mother’s delicious kitchen endeavors.

 

 

 

Check out these other great projects for Mother’s Day!

  1. 30 Free Sewing Patterns for Women: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
  2. Zig Zag DIY iPad Cover
  3. Tea Time Mug Rug Tutorial
  4. Manicure Travel Kit

What is the best Mother’s Day gift you have ever received? Was it homemade?

 

National Craft Month: How to Sew a Petal Skirt

As experts and enthusiasts of all things crafty, FaveCrafts decided to host a special National Craft Month blog series for all of our lovely readers. Check back for a new blog post every day featuring our favorite projects, new craft videos, how-to’s from the FaveCrafts editors, and a GIGANTIC, ENORMOUS, AMAZING craft giveaway at the end of the month. That’s right–we’re giving away the biggest prize ever, a gift basket chock full of crafting goodies from our craft closet. There’s something for everyone in this gift basket.

Leave a comment below, and on any blog post labeled “National Craft Month” in the headline, and your comment will count as an entry into the giveaway. You are free to comment as often as once per blog post (for a total of 31 chances to win!). At the end of the month, we’ll pool all of the comments together and pick one lucky winner.

My sewing project this month was to sew a petal skirt, an idea I adapted from the Rose Petal Dress tutorial. I made a feathered skirt for New Year’s Eve that everyone called my “Black Swan skirt,” so this petal skirt can be my White Swan skirt!

If you want to make the Black Swan skirt, check out …Love Maegan’s tutorial!

And if you want to make the White Swan skirt, read on!

Materials:

  • XL white T-shirt from Salvation Army
  • Rose petals from the dollar store

Total cost of this project: $2.60

Instructions:

  1. First lay your T-shirt flat and cut off the bottom for your skirt piece. Cut a piece that’s long enough to make a skirt. It’s always a good idea to measure it against a skirt you already own that’s a length you like. Your skirt piece will be a tube that already has a hem, so you hardly have any work to do!
  2. Sew the petals onto the skirt piece. I just placed one petal at a time and sewed them in a straight line, one next to the other.
  3. Keep sewing and sewing and sewing (and sewing) until the whole tube is covered with petals. I sewed the top row upside down and ironed them down, so that the stitching wouldn’t show.

    Here they are all ironed down

  4. Next, make a waist band. So far almost everything I’ve made has used an elastic waistband, so I wanted to branch out (a little!) and try to make a waistband out of just T-shirt material. I made this “yoga-style waistband,” as shown on Make It and Love It. First, I measured a pair of my pants that have a similar waistband.

    Remember gauchos?!

  5. Next, cut more fabric from your thrifted T-shirt to use as your waistband. I made mine 6 inches wide (to ultimately make a 3 inch waistband). The length of your material is the length around your waist, or the length I measured from my gauchos!
  6. Sew this fabric into a tube, then fold the tube in half over itself so that the wrong sides are facing each other.
  7. Since my T-shirt was so large, my skirt piece was too big to fit around my waist, so I had to gather the top of it a bit. Sew a basting stitch all the way around the top of your skirt piece and pull the threads to gather it until the circumference of your skirt’s waist is the same as your waistband piece.
  8. Position your skirt piece inside of the waistband so that the raw sides of the waistband and the gathered edge of the skirt are together, and the top of the waistband is facing down. Pin the waistband to the skirt.

  9. Sew around the top of your skirt to attach the waistband to the skirt piece. Then flip the waistband right side up, remove the basting stitch (if it’s showing), and you’re done!

I can’t decide if it looks ridiculous or fabulous, so I’ll let you decide. The White Swan Skirt: Do or Don’t?

How to: Sew a Patternless Dress

If you’re a seasoned seamstress, you probably use patterns all the time. You probably have a collection of vintage Simplicity patterns that have been cut, pinned, and stashed for decades. The majority of beginner sewers, however, can’t tell which end is up when looking at a pattern (literally–I once looked at a pattern and could not tell whether it was upside down or not). Once I discovered the world of sewing tutorials (as opposed to tangible patterns), I was hooked!

When I was asked to be a bridesmaid in my brother’s wedding and told that I could wear any dress I wanted, as long as it was black, I knew I had to make a sewing project out of it. I combined two sewing tutorials I found online: Megan Nielsen’s Elastic Waistband Dress and Dana Willard’s Can-Can skirt.

Here’s what I did:

  1. First I took a huge piece of chiffon (left over from my Hair Pom project!) and cut it into long strips, 2 inches wide. (Note: I didn’t read the directions in full until I was, well, all done. So learn from my mistakes: BUY NON-FRAY CHIFFON!!!)



  2. Turn your sewing machine to it’s largest stitch and increase the upper thread tension. You don’t need to put it at its highest tension setting because chiffon is a very thin fabric, so it will ruffle easily. Sew a line down the center of each strip (refer to my ruffling tutorial for more info on making ruffles). When you get to the end of a strip, feel free to attach a second strip by feeding it right into the machine.



  3. Once you’ve got a bunch of ruffles done, it’s time to attach them to your skirt piece. I bought two yards of black fabric and cut it in half lengthwise (so that the “waist” measurement was 2 yards and the length was appropriate–I wanted it to start at my natural waist and end around my knees, plus seam allowances). Sew the first ruffle around the bottom of your fabric piece, making sure you have changed your machine settings to a lower tension and smaller stitch length. Continue sewing ruffles until you’re satisfied. The Can-Can skirt has ruffles all the way up, but I chose to only do a few rows along the bottom of the skirt.


  4. Thus far, your skirt has just been a gigantic rectangle. To turn it into a skirt, we’re going to refer to Megan Nielsen’s gathering instructions. Take a piece of elastic waistband and measure how big you want it to be (wrap it against your waist, wherever you want the skirt to start). Pin your cut piece of elastic to the skirt piece, making sure to stretch the waistband as you go. Zig-Zag stitch the waistband to the skirt piece, again stretching as you go. Check out this video on How to Attach an Elastic Waistband from Couturier Mommy for better instructions!


  5. I way over estimated how much my waistband was going to stretch, so I ended up with extra fabric after I sewed the elastic on. Just cut this piece off and throw it in the scrap pile. I would recommend using only 1 yard or a yard and a half instead of 2 yards of skirt fabric, like I used. Next, hold the raw edges of your skirt length together, wrong sides facing in, and stitch them together.


  6. Hem the bottom of the skirt. At this point, you have a skirt that you could potentially wear by itself. So if you’d rather make a patternless skirt, you’re done!
  7. Instead of using a tank top, as shown in the Elastic Waistband Dress tutorial, I purchased a black blouse from a thrift store to use as the top. I thought this would be a little more wedding appropriate. Here’s what my blouse looked like:

  8. I realized I didn’t really like the blouse all that much when I tried it on with the skirt, but I’d already purchased it, so I had to make do. I ripped out the ruffles, buttons, and collar, cut the bottom of the shirt at my natural waist, and removed the shirring from the back.


  9. After I had basically destroyed the blouse, I was pretty sure I’d have to scrap it and start over. But I just kept going anyway! I sewed the front of the shirt together and added another strip of ruffled chiffon around the neckline.

  10. Finally, it’s time to attach your top to your bottom! I tucked the blouse inside the skirt, so that the waistband lay flat on top of the blouse. Then I pinned all the way around and zig-zag stitched it down.

  11. And here’s the finished product!

How To: Sew a Skirt

One of my favorite articles of clothing is a casual skirt. Whether it’s a chilly outside or sunny, a skirt can be worn in layers (with leggings) or with a fun pair of sandals. As a culture, we’re so quick to grab an item off the sale rack for a night out, or blow our paycheck on an expensive new outfit. We often overlook how a little time and planning can go a long way in terms of our wardrobe – and save money too!

Kelly, a guest contributor and seamstress/mother of 3, shared an awesome basic pattern for a little girls’ tiered skirt on FaveCrafts. In the spirit of adapting these practical patterns for multiple purposes, I’ve taken her tutorial and made it my own. Below, I’ve listed her instructions with modifications for an adult tiered skirt.

Materials:

  • Fabric: Yardage varies: 2-3 yards, depending on how long.
  • Scissors
  • Elastic
  • Serger
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter

Steps:

  1. Choose 2-4 different kinds of coordinating fabric.
  2. Cut them in strips from selvage to selvage of various widths, anywhere from 9-12 strips about 4” wide.
  3. Take 2 or 3 of the strips (depending on how large the skirt needs to be) and lay them good side to good side and pin them down the middle. Surge them together and repeat this process with the other strips until they are all sewn to each other.
  4. Between steps, iron fabric strips as you sew them together.
  5. Take the selvage ends good to good and sew them together. By now it is starting to resemble a skirt.
  6. Trim both ends with a rotary cutter to be sure they are even.
  7. After deciding which fabric you want to be the top of the skirt, fold over and iron about 1” twice so no raw edges are showing and do the same with the bottom.
  8. Sew (with a traditional machine, do not surge) around the top leaving an opening for the elastic, and do the same to the bottom with no opening.
  9. Choose the width of your elastic, I like to use ½”, the length will be determined by the size of skirt you want to make, for instance for size 3-4 I use 18” and then increase a ½” for each size above that, now put it through the top and sew the ends of the elastic together and close the opening in the waist band.
  10. Turn right side out and your skirt is done!

A basic skirt is a necessity for any woman’s closet. And what an easy way to bring in your own creative expression through unique and interesting fabric choices.