My daughters requested skirts – the type with the wide elastic as the waistband.
A trip to the mall was required before I understood what was being requested, but the girls were correct – the skirts were going to be simple and quick to sew!
They got to pick out the fabric. The Stash provided the rest, including the elastic.
This skirt is a floral linen jacquard blend in pinks, bright green, and a dull grey. Others included a quilting weight black, coral linen and two of grey linen.
If this print skirt looks longer than most of these skirts, it is. My 15-year old daughter is 6 feet tall and the length of skirts available in stores is one of the reasons she requested I make her the skirts.
The skirt was cut as a rectangle, 5″ longer than the requested (required) length and 8″ wider than her widest hip measurement. I would reduce this to no more than 4″ or 5″ now as she thinks this skirt is a bit too “fat”.
Serging once around the rectangle is a good idea to prevent raveling.
I then turned up 1/2″ on the bottom and stitched it down. Then turned up another 3.5″ to form the hem, but stitched it only in the middle, leaving the first and last 8″ of the hem open (for now).
Along the upper edge, I notched (cut very small triangles – maybe 1/4″) at the center front (fold fabric in half to find) and then again at the two side points (fold in half again). So the notches were cut at the 1/4 point, the 1/2 point and the 3/4 point on the upper edge.
I cut a piece of 2″ wide elastic the same size as my daughter’s waist. Pins were used to mark the 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 points on the elastic.
In the photo above, the yellow line is 1″ from the upper edge of the skirt fabric. The elastic should overlap the skirt approximately 1″ for stitching.
To attach the elastic to the skirt, stitch forward and back approximately 1/2″ to secure, and then continue stitching while pulling elastic to align 1/4 notch with 1/4 pin.
Once past the 1/4 marks, repeat until stitching reaches the 1/2 marks, and then again until it reaches the 3/4 mark and then to the edge.
Sew center back seam. Complete the remaining section of the hem.
Stitch ends of elastic to secure.
And the Instant Gratification/Destashification Skirt is complete and ready to wear!