It has been too long since I’ve been able to sew.
TOO LONG, YOU GUYS.
So today, when I woke up and thought, “I don’t have anything to do this Christmas Eve,” then asked myself, “what am I gonna wear to Mass tonight?”, I decided that my sewing machine and I were gonna spend some much-needed time together.
This skirt was so easy to make, and if you use jersey-knit fabric, it literally takes just two seams because don’t have to hem the edge, unless you’d like!! Let’s do some sewing, shall we? 🙂
YOU WILL NEED:
-1.5-2 yards jersey knit
-thread to match
– Tape measure
1. Measure the part of your waist where you want the skirt to sit. Mine sits at the smallest part, which measures about 26.5. Then, decide how wide you wanted your waistband to be. I knew I wanted mine to be about 1.5 inches, so I cut the fabric about 4 inches wide to give room for the seam allowance.
**SIDE NOTE: Apologies now for my lack of pictures. Once I got into the groove, I forgot to stop and show you guys what was happening!! I’ll explain as best I can!
2. You should have a waistband that is as long as your waist circumference and as wide as you want. For example, mine was 26.5in long and 4in wide. Now, I laid it flat and trimmed off about 3in so that it would add some tension and not fall off when I wore it! Fold this trimmed product in half longways (hot dog-style for those of us who are still 1st graders at heart!) so that you can’t see the wrong side of the fabric.
3. Fold in half hamburger style and sew the short edge together using a zigzag stitch!
You’re done with the waist band for the moment. Get those scissors ready- time for the fun stuff!
1. Take the huge piece of fabric you have and fold it in half one way, then the other so that it’s in fours. If that wasn’t confusing enough, here’s a picture:
2. Now we’re going to measure out and cut the skirt! You’ll want to cut from the corner where you have NO RAW EDGES on your fabric. Use the diagram here…
And use the tailor’s chalk to draw out the shape of your skirt. to give you an example of the math (blech), 26.5 (my waist) / 6.28 =4.2in. My trick to getting the perfect circle is by pinning my tape measure to a set point and holding my tailor’s chalk at the measurement I need. Hold the tape measure taught, and you’ll end up with a pretty close-to-perfect circle.
3. Do the same as you did with the waist to cut out the length of the skirt. I wanted mine to be about 18in long, and 18+4=22, so hold your tailor’s chalk at 22in and draw!
4. Cut along your lines
5. Carefully lay your skirt out with the right side of the fabric towards you and carefully pin the waistband to it. The three raw edges should match up. You’ll have some extra room because the waistband is shorter than the circumference of your waist. I promise, it’s going to be okay!!
6. Now it’s time to sew the waistband to the skirt!! Make sure you use a zigzag stitch to allow for stretch. Carefully stretch the waistband as you sew it to the skirt- this will take care of the extra length we have in the waist.
That’s it!! You’re done!!
I think my favorite part about this skirt is how twirly it is!!
I’m hoping to try another one soon, with some cool patterned fabric. If I want a fuller result, I’ll probably try it again with a cotton fabric. If you have any questions, let me know! And if you make your own, I’d love to see the results! 🙂
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sizzlers! The King has come- let us all adore Him!!