Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Skirt with an Elastic Band

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Skirt with an Elastic Band

I've seen these skirts in so many retail stores and they didn't look all that difficult to make so I thought I'd give it a try...and I was right it was easy!

What you'll need:

Two inch elastic: For the width you'll want to measure your waste and then add 1 inch. Fabric stores will usually sell this by the yard and with a coupon you shouldn't have to pay much more than $.75 for the amount of elastic you'll need.

Fabric: The fabric I used was thin and "flowy" and almost sheer. This tutorial would work with most any fabric though. I measured the length from my waist to my knee-cap and added an inch. For the width I wrapped the fabric around my waste and doubled that amount.

Step 1: Fold the fabric in half and then cut it so that you have two identical pieces (your front and your back).

Step 2: Hem the bottom of both pieces (1/2 inch) and the top of both pieces (1/2 inch). Then sew the two pieces together by sewing up the sides (front to front). Now you should have a large rectangle.

Step 3: Sew your elastic together so that you make a circle (be sure to backstitch and double stitch in order to make sure it stays forever)

 This is my elastic piece before sewing the ends together

This is my elastic band after sewing the ends together

Step 4: Attach your fabric to the elastic band, making sure that the fabric is attached on the inside of the band. You're going to have much more fabric than elastic and so you'll need to pleat it. Make sure that your pleats are evenly spaced across your band. Pin each pleat and then sew over your pins. Go slowly.

When you're done sewing and flip the skirt right side out, the fabric will be sewn behind the elastic band. The picture below is a picture of what the inside of the skirt would look like.

Below is the finished product. Cute right?

And you're done! Wear it proudly and enjoy :)


  1. So cute! It looks adorable (and comfortable).

  2. Charming! You can make a whole lot of skirts as it seems so easy! Patsy from
    HeARTworks and

  3. I was planning to do just this the other day with a piece that I had cut from a dress and it was super slippery and there was an 'accident' and the skirt is not to be. So sad! However, if I don't have to make the channel for the elastic, the skirt might be long enough with the 2 inch elastic so all hope is not lost! I like the 2 inch elastic idea. I hadn't planned on that, just the 1 inch.

  4. Really cute skirt.I love the tutorial. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  5. pretty skirt! You can also gather your skirt instead of pleating if making even pleats is hard. It is neat how simple it is to make clothing! ... at least some clothing! ;)

  6. This skirt is stinkin cute!! We love it! We appreciate you linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party! Please come back again soon! -The Sisters

  7. Well, if you want to wear this skirt for the party then i think you should carry Silver Clutch with this. I am sure this combination will dazzled everyone.