Sewing Project: How to Sew a Simple Skirt with Elastic Waistband

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Hello everyone! I’m back! If you guys wonder why I took so long to my next post is because I have been busy sewing some skirt! It’s so much fun making skirt and I kind of love sewing more and more and more! To the maximum! haha!

Making skirt is not that easy thou but for beginners is good to keep practice with cheap fabrics instead of pricey ones. I’ve been figure out what are the fabrics good for making appeals and accessories. They are totally different. Like those stretchable ones is mainly use for making clothing. For like poplin cotton or 100% cotton printed is use to sew accessories like pouches etc. my favourites fabric type is cotton printed maybe poplin I guess! Still not very sure the names of the fabrics types, but when you went to fabrics stall defiantly get to see those with super nice printed fabrics! I bet you will really fall in love with it!

I finally done with my skirt after a few time failure,  I manage to make it thru my hard time. Whew!

lets see how easy to sew a skirt:

Step 1:

Align your fabric to a rectangular shape, you can either cut a long piece of fabric or cut in 2 separate pieces.

Measure the size of your waist.

E.g. Waist is 30″, So have to “times 2″ which is 60″. So is ” 30″x2=60″.

If you cut out one long piece is 60″, if you are cutting 2 separate pieces, 30″ each piece which gives you 60″ in total.

Sometimes is just Maths confusing. 🙂 But it’s okay! it’s take time to learn right? I made it thru! So can you 🙂 Just to take note Sewing need a lot of calculation maths. YA! I do hate math, So yup, no way you can avoid it. Just have to try 🙂

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Step 2:

So if you cut 2 separate piece, face the fabric right side to right side. Then sew down both sides. If you cut out 1 long piece of fabric, just have to sew down one side. How easy! Let’s move on to the next step!

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Step 3:

Once you sew down the sides, use an iron and iron flat the sides and that’s it! This is to make the skirt nicer and stable.

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Next, let’s sew the top for the elastic casing. Which is to slot the elastic in place. This step is easy. No worries, we made it to the last few steps!

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If you not sure how wide you wan the elastic casing to be, use a ruler or measuring tape to measure about 1″.

For me, my elastic is 1″ wide as you can see from the picture below. So I will make the casing about 1.2″ or  more just a bit than the elastic should be okay.

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Is up to you as long the elastic can go thru that will be fine.

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Cut the elastic longer, no worries you can trim it later if it’s too long.

Step 5:

Now, Let’s sew the casing! Use your sewing machine measurement guide to sew down the straight line on the casing. I’m using a straight stitch. Do a little bit of backstitch/Reverse on the starting point and ending point of the stitch. Remember to leave a hole to insert the elastic in later!

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You can always use needle to pin out first, to keep the alignment in place so when you sew it won’t go out of place 🙂

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Sew down and leave a hole for the elastic to go thru.

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Done with the casing! Now the last step is insert the elastic.

Do take note there are many kind of Elastic band out there. But this skirt we are doing the elastic inside the casing, so choose a thin about 1″ should be fine. You can find lots of different material of elastic band, like woven Knit , canvas and many others. Just choose whichever you like and try it to make different skirts.

Use a safety pin to pull thru the elastic inside the fabric until the hole and pull out the elastic, sew to secure it. Then sew the hole in place.

Adjust the elastic to make it ever so it won’t crumble all together.

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You are almost done!

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Step 7:

The last step is to sew the bottom seam. Fold a 1 ” seam sew all the way. Do some backstitch and DONE!

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Tadah!!!! Congrats you made it! This is how easy to make a simple skirt.

Now it’s time to try on the skirt!

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I did a few as my practice until it’s perfect and I kind of like the result. Just Play around and now you can make a skirt for yourself! Awesome!

I bought this fabric from Spotlight, its cute Mickey mouse printed and its cotton. This result turn out to be a bit twirl. Means it can spin and twirl beautifully. 😀 it’s kind of pricey, but if you are still a beginner and just want to try out I suggest you get a cheaper fabrics first before you try a nice and better qualities ones. I did try a few of fabrics too. But a lot of times I failed to make a skirt that I want. So it’s kind of wasted after all. So do take my advice and think carefully what you really want to make first. 🙂

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This one I bought from Chinatown area, which is at the People’s Park Centre. Nearby the OG. There have mostly cheapest fabrics available. Around $6 per yard. Which is quite affordable 🙂

Do leave me some comment if you like my post!

HAPPY SEWING!

 

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