If you’re looking for a simple yet comfortable and flattering skirt, this easy womens skirt tutorial is it! This tutorial will teach you how to make your own skirt, made for your own body shape and measurements and that will fit you perfectly.
Easy Womens Skirt Tutorial
I have to admit I was scared to death to try and sew with stretch fabric when I first thought about making this skirt. I’ve wanted to work with knits and stretch fabric ever since my mom showed my how to sew a straight line but I never had the guts to.
But one day I said I have to get over my fears or I’ll never learn how to sew with knits and stretch fabric and I’ll obviously miss out on a lot of fun and comfortable clothing items. So I thought an easy womens skirt tutorial would be the perfect project for a beginner. If you’ve never sewn knit or stretch clothes before, I totally recommend starting with this project. If you don’t know how to sew with knits, you may find these classes here and here very useful.
I actually made a pattern for my size but I think it’s way easier to make your own pattern, based on your own body shape and measurements so the skirt would fit YOU perfectly. Apologies for the photos, most of them have been taken by my 4 years old, I got no one else to help me out!
Easy Womens Skirt Tutorial
- stretchy or knit fabric wide enough to fit around your hips and long enough from waist to knee plus seam allowance (fabric suggestions here, here, here and here; I got mine from mom’s 10 years old stash, shocker!!)
- matching thread
- 1″ non roll elastic, enough to go around your waist
- sewing machine
- ball point needle
- scissors (mine are available here)
- fabric pen
Directions to make your own pattern:
- Get a tape measure and take your measurements as follows, leaving the tape a little loose (don’t pull too tight or your skirt will end up too tight too): 1. your natural waist at the narrowest part; 2. the widest part of your body, around your greater area; 3. the length you want your skirt from the waist down.
- Lay out your fabric. Fold it so that the right side is facing in towards each other.
- Take the measurement for the length of your skirt and add 2″. Measure down from the top of your fabric this amount, and draw a straight line all the way across. Use a fabric pen. This is the bottom of your skirt. Cut along this line from one side to the other and discard the bottom.
- Take your hip measurement and add 3″. Open out your fabric. Measure along the top and bottom of the fabric, draw a line top to bottom, making sure it’s square, and then cut off the extra.
- Fold the remaining fabric back in half and cut down the fold so you now have two pieces, front and back.
- Fold one piece of the fabric in half. Measure down 9″ from the top edge and make a line across. This is the hip level. The widest part of the skirt comes here.
- From the fold at the top, measure 1/4 of your waist, plus 1/2″. Mark a 1″ line down from the top.
- Now you need to draw the curve of your body, from your hip to your waist. Join up the point for your hip with the end of that 1″ line. Make sure its a nice smooth curve; use a curved ruler if it helps.
- Cut along that curve and the line at the waist, through both layers of fabric. Transfer the shape to your other piece and your skirt front and back is ready to sew.
Directions to sew the easy womens skirt:
- Place your two pieces of fabric with the right sides facing and pin down both sides. Stitch down the side from top to bottom. Make a nice smooth curve at the hip.
- Press the side seams open.
- Turn up 1/2″ at the bottom hemline and press. Turn it up again to enclose the raw edge and press. Sew a straight stitch all the way around.
- Take the elastic and pass it around your waist. Adjust it to feel comfortable and cut it to the right length.
- Mark the center, then mark a 1/4 way from each end to make 4 even sections. Attach the two ends side by side using a zig-zag stitch on your machine.
- Fold your skirt with the side seams together to find the center at the front and back.
- On the inside of your skirt, match the join in the elastic with one side seam, match the center of the elastic with the other side seam and match the quarter marks with the skirt center front and back. The elastic may be a little shorter than the skirt fabric which is what you aim for.
- Stitch the elastic to the skirt waist, close to the edge. You’ll need to use a stitch that stretches.
- Turn the elastic over, making a neat crisp edge at the top. Stitch again through the elastic to hold it in place inside the skirt.
- I wanted the elastic totally enclosed so I turned it in again but at this point you can just leave it as is, especially if your skirt is at the desired length and you don’t want it any shorter.