While it feels like spring is on the way here in Columbia SC, the fashion apparel stores are not quite on board yet.
Oh, they have a few isolated outfits for the “cruise” set, but mostly I’m seeing a lot of leftover parts and pieces of outfits from either last fall or from winter.
If you’re like me, you are craving spring colors and a little something new for your wardrobe right now.
I have a great fast and easy skirt pattern that you can customize a bit to suit your body shape and personal style. I have a number of these in my closet, and I get compliments on them every time I wear one.
They are inexpensive, easy, and beautiful. How many things can you say that about these days?
Fast and Easy Skirt – For All Sizes, All Occasions
Level: Some sewing experience required for the first one. A great learning pattern.
This skirt will be made completely to your measurements, so you will need a measuring tape and paper to record the measurements.
- Cottons, cotton/poly blends, cotton flannel
- Corduroy – featherwale
- Knits (experienced sewers)
- Chiffons (experienced sewers – these require lining)
To make this skirt, you will need:
- Measuring tape
- Fabric (determine yardage using the instructions below)
- 1 package 3/4 “ wide non-roll elastic
- Thread for sewing
- Safety pins (2)
- Make and record the following measurements:
- Hips at the widest point.
- Desired length of skirt from natural waist. (This skirt can be made short, medium, long or extra-long, depending on your style.)
- Determine the dimensions of your cut skirt pieces:
- Determine the width (WF) of your target fabric. It will be either 44″ or 58″.
- Calculate Number of Skirt Panels (NSP) = (Hip measurement * 1.25 / WF ). Round the final number up to the nearest whole number.
- Calculate Length of Skirt Panel (LSP) = (Length of skirt + 4 inches).
- Calculate fabric yardage:
- Yards = ( LSP * NSP ) / 36 inches
- Cut the number of skirt panels according to the calculations in #2 above.
- Sew the panels together at the sides.
- Turn the top edge of the sewn skirt panels under 1/4″ and stitch down.
- Create a 1″ casing by folding down the top edge and stitching down. Leave a 1-1/2″ opening for the elastic.
- Hem the bottom of the skirt to the desired length.
- Cut a piece of 3/4” elastic to comfortably fit your waist plus an inch. Using one safety pin to secure the end of the elastic piece to the skirt ( to keep it from getting away from you) and the other to pull the front end of the elastic through, run the elastic through the casing at the top.
- Sew the end pieces of the elastic together and stitch the casing closed.
You now have a beautiful new skirt!
- Make the skirt longer or shorter for some variation in style.
- Add a hem band of a contrasting fabric for some added color.
- Add decorative trim to the base of the hem for a little pizzazz.
- Add pockets from a contrasting fabric.
- Add embroidery, beads, patches, or jewels to the hem.
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