Wanna sew a super adorable and fun skirt? Learn how to make a bubble skirt that is both flattering and comfortable.
How to make a bubble skirt for women
This bubble skirt is so fun and not too complicated to make! It makes me feel like a school girl again and at almost 40, that is a huge deal! If you want to learn how to make a bubble skirt you’ll end up with one of the most flattering, pretty and comfortable skirts ever!
Make it in the right fabric and you can wear it at parties, family gatherings or even on New Year’s Eve if you dress it up a bit. This puffy skirt on a little girl it’s so sweet and innocent! Bubble skirts are so popular with the little ones but why should they have all the fun? They are as adorable on women too!
I absolutely love how slim this skirt makes me look! It may seem like this skirt has quite the opposite effect on a woman’s body but it’s not, really. I don’t normally look this slim and tall and I have some love handles but this skirt hides all my flaws. And the high waistband makes my waist look way smaller than it truly is. Trust me, you’ll want to wear this skirt everywhere!
How to make a bubble skirt tutorial
- Fabric for the skirt and waistband (I used some crepe satin, left from this A line dress)
- Fabric for lining (I used tulle as I wanted my bubble skirt really puffy)
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
- Measure your waist and the skirt length (as long as you want it to be; I wanted mine knee length)
- Cut the fabric for your waistband: height should be 10″ = 25 cm and width should be your waist plus 1 1/4″ = 3 cm for turning the ends inside and to add the button and buttonhole.
- Cut the fabric for your skirt: Height should be your skirt length plus 4″ = 10 cm; Width should be three times your waist plus seam allowance.
- Cut the fabric for your lining: Height should be your skirt length minus 4″ = 10 cm: Width should be your waist plus 12″ = 30 cm.
- I’m a size 8 and I used these fabric measurements: Waist – 30″ x 10″ (77 cm x 25 cm); Skirt – 25″ x 88″ (65.5 cm x 225 cm); Lining – 18″ x 40″ (45.5 cm x 102 cm). Also I didn’t have enough fabric to make the skirt and lining in one piece so I used 3 (one large for the front and 2 small for the back, connected at the back). If this happens to you too, just cut half the measurements, make 2 panels and cut one in half. Join the panels at the sides and make one large panel for skirt and one for lining (You will have side seams and a back seam on the finished skirt this way). Then follow this tutorial.
- Gather the bottom of the skirt fabric to match your lining width.
- Place lining and the gathered skirt right sides together and sew.
- Gather the top of your skirt to match your waist (minus the 1 1/4″ = 3 cm used for turning the ends inside and for the buttonhole).
- Gather the top of your lining to match your waist, as above.
- Place the skirt and the lining, previously joined at the bottom, right side out, then fold in half so that the sides join right side (one side of the skirt will join the other side of the skirt; one side of the lining will join the other side of the lining).
- Pin together, leaving an opening on both ends (one on skirt and one on lining). I left 5″ = 12 cm on both. Check if your body fits through these openings then sew the skirt and lining, skipping the opening you just marked (ignore the pins you see on the opening in the photo below, they were there for the sole purpose of keeping the fabric in place as it was very slippery).
- Pull the lining through the inside of the skirt so now they face wrong side together.
- Pin the top of the skirt to the top of the lining and sew.
- Make the waistband: fold fabric in half, lengthwise, and iron. Open the strip and fold each half again and iron so now you’ll have 4 folds. Fold the ends inside 1/5″ = 0.50 cm and iron. Fold everything back and iron.
- Pin the top of the skirt and lining to the waistband, starting on one side of the waistband towards the other side (which should be longer than the skirt to accommodate the buttonhole). Open the waistband and pin the skirt to the back of the waistband so the skirt and waistband face wrong side.
- Sew. Fold the front of the waistband over the right side of the skirt and pin then sew.
- Sew the sides of the waistband as close to the edge as possible.
- Make the buttonhole on one end of the waistband and sew the button on the opposite one.
- That’s it! Your lovely bubble skirt is ready!