Welcome to my first sewing post!! I have come up with this super easy skirt that is made from jersey fabric. It is a really simple construction with only 2 seams and an elasticated waist band. I have even drafted a pattern for you but if you can’t print the pattern, have no fear, I will show you how to draft your own from your body measurements in next weeks blog and it can be drawn straight onto your fabric! It really is that simple. So grab a cup of tea and the following items and lets get going!!
For this Super Easy Skirt you will need –
- 1 meter of stretch jersey fabric (pre washed to allow for any shrinkage)
- Matching thread
- 1 meter 3/4 inch elastic
- Scissors/Pinking Shears
- Dressmaking Pins
- Sewing Machine (with Stretch or Ball Point Needle for Jersey Fabrics)
- Tape measure
Firstly, print out your pattern. You can find it here – Super Easy Skirt Make sure that when you print your pattern, you check that your printer settings are on Scale 100% otherwise your pattern will print out too small. DO NOT select any special printing options such as centre to fit page. Print your pattern pieces in portrait.
Once you have printed out your pattern, use the grey circle guides on the corners of the sheets to match up the pattern pieces, folding under or cutting off any overlaps, tape or glue them together (I find glue easier. Use a Pritt Stick) and cut out your pieces.
Step 1 – Lay out your fabric right sides together as shown in the picture below with the 2 shorter ends meeting in the middle . Lay your pattern piece onto your fabric ensuring that the side of the pattern that says “Cut on fold” is matching with the fold of the fabric. Pin your pattern piece in place and carefully cut out. Flip your pattern over so that the writing is on the back of the pattern and repeat the cutting out process on the other side of your fabric.
Step 2 – Place your 2 pieces of cut fabric on top of each other, right sides together. Pin the edges to keep them in place for sewing. Use as many pins as you like. There is no limit to the amount of pins you can use!!
Step 3 – Using a zig zag stitch (I have a Janome and its stitch 3 for zig zag), sew up each side seam from top to bottom using a 1.25cm (1/2 inch) seam allowance. As we are using jersey there is no need to finish off the raw edges as jersey will not fray.
Step 4 – Turn up the hem of your skirt by 1.25 cm and press with an iron, then turn up the hem by another 1.25 cm, pin in place and stitch with a straight stitch.
Step 5 – Now for the waist band! Take your elastic and pass it around your waist. Adjust it until it feels comfortable and cut it to the length that you want. Mark the centre of your elastic, then mark a quarter way from each end to make 4 even sections. Attach the two ends of your elastic together using a zig-zag stitch on your machine. Fold your skirt with the side seams together to find the centre point at the front and back or your skirt. On the inside of your skirt, match the join in the elastic with one side seam, match the centre of the elastic with the other side seam and match the quarter marks with the skirt centre front and back. Your elastic may be a little shorter than your skirt fabric but thats ok as it will mean your skirt will fit nice and snug around your waist.
Step 6 – Using a zig zag stitch, sew your elastic to the skirt waist. Stitch close to the edge. Stretch the elastic slightly as you sew to match up your markings on the elastic to the fabric.
Step 7 – Fold sewn in elastic towards the inside of the skirt, pin and stitch using a zig zag stitch. This will then cover the elastic and make your waist band nice and neat.
TA DA!!!! Your skirt is complete!!!!!
I hope you enjoy wearing your new skirt. I would love to see your makes. Feel free to post them on Instagram and use the hashtag #lexiesews. Feel free to get in contact if you are struggling with any of the steps and I will help as much as I can.
Lots of love!!!!