Who doesn't appreciate an elastic waistband? Comes in handy for holiday meals. For those times when you can't wear sweatpants, elastic waist attire is where it's at! How about this super simple elastic waisted skirt? Change up fabric for any occasion and you have comfort and style! Mostly comfort though....
-Elastic (I had 2" laying around)
-Iron/ Ironing board
-Sewing machine or needle and thread
Start by measuring your waist where you want your skirt to sit. My waist measured around 28". I rounded up to 30" for wiggle room and seam allowances. I doubled this number to 60" so my skirt would be extra full with lots of fabric. Most tutorials will tell you to use 1.5 times the amount of fabric. You will want to cut out waistband fabric as well. Use your elastic as a guide. My elastic was 2" wide, so I cut a 5" wide waistband because I folded the fabric in half and included extra for seam allowance. The waistband and the body of the skirt should be the same length. To determine how long you want your skirt, measure from the bottom of where your waistband hits, to wherever you want your skirt to end. I wanted mine on the short side, so I cut my skirt length to 15". Again, just a reminder to always remember to add in seam allowance. It's easy to make the skirt smaller or shorter, but not as easy to add on and make it bigger.
Two extra long rectangles, that's all you need for fabric!
Fold your skirt fabric in half, pattern sides together, and sew down the length of the skirt. My edges here are zigzagged because I used zigzag scissors to try and make it look a little cleaner. I don't have a serger. That is what sergers are for. They make nice professional edges.
Now, fold the waistband fabric in half, pattern sides facing out. Pin the waistband to the body of the skirt all the way around. Start sewing a few inches from the opening of the waistband. Sew all the way around the skirt leaving a few inches before you reach the other opening of the waistband. In the above picture I'm showing you how I sewed through all four layers of fabric.
Pictured above is the back of the skirt.
Pictured above is the front of the skirt.
I cut my elastic at 28", which is the circumference of my waist. Add a safety pin to one end of the elastic. Feed the safety pin end through the waistband. The pin gives you something to grab onto and helps easily shimmy the elastic through the waistband.
Take off your safety pin. Don't let your elastic pull back through the waistband. Overlap the ends of the elastic and sew to secure.
Now, close everything up. Fold under any raw edges and sew to secure.
Hem the bottom of your skirt by folding the ends under twice. Iron. Sew.
I think this skirt came out really great. It's so simple, but the addition of extra fabric gives this skirt a full look. The fullness of the skirt gives the illusion that I might actually have booty under there ;)
How would you have worn this skirt? What would you pair it with? Comment below.
Until next time,
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