The easy women’s skirt sewing tutorial requires the following materials:
1 yard of medium weight fabric. The skirt has negative ease (it is smaller than your hip measurement) so it needs to have at least 30% stretch. I used a textured medium weight knit. Ponte knit, interlock, or stretch french terry will also work. You can also use very stretchy denim, twill, or corduroy (with high amount of lycra/spandex) but you don’t want anything too heavy.
2″ – 3″ wide elastic
Did you know that this skirt also comes in child’s size? You can find the instructions to make one for your little girl here.
Easy Women’s Skirt Sewing Tutorial
Choose your size based on your hip measurement. Measure at the widest part of your hip. If you waist is larger than your hip, use this measurement instead. For reference, I am wearing a size L. The skirt is designed to fall just above the knee on a 5’8″ woman. You can adjust the length by changing the ‘height’ measurement in the chart if you are shorter/taller or just prefer a different length. I do not suggest going too long, however, because you will not be able to walk without adding a slit of some kind!
Pin your rectangles together at the side seams, right sides together. Be very careful to match up the stripes. I put pins every 2″ or so to ensure nothing slips around while stitching. Stitch the side seams and finish the raw edge with a serger or zigzag stitch.
Finish the raw edge at the top of the skirt with a serger or zigzag stitch (not shown). Sew two rows of basting (long) stitches across the top. These will gather the top of the skirt to fit the waist. I like to do the front and the back separately because this reduce the chance of the threads snapping.Gather the top of the skirt to fit the waistband by pulling on the bobbin threads.