So sorry it's taken me a few weeks to get a new project up! I was actually on vacation and now I'm back and sewing again! And once again I made a skirt :) What can I say it's just in the air! This skirt is super comfy but it comes with a warning...it's NOT for beginners. In fact, unless you have the patience of a Saint, I would only attempt it if you have access to a serger. I was lucky and borrowed a friend's.
If you're brave you can accomplish this on a regular sewing machine...but don't say I didn't warn you!
Here's what you'll need:
Cotton stretch fabric from Fabricate (mine was 60"w x 52"h , I didn't use the full height of it so you'll need to decide how high up you want the skirt to sit and how long to the floor you want it to be)
Elastic strip for the belt (mine was 26" in length for my size, see below to find your size)
This serger was a bit ancient but it did the job wonderfully!
To begin you'll want to take the bottom edge of your skirt and run it straight through the serger giving the edge this overlock stitch. Cotton stretch is a difficult fabric to work with because the edges curl up as you're working with them. When you use a serger it trims off the edge fabric as it stitches so you never have to mess with the curling edges!
And you get this beautiful perfect edge when it's done.
Once you have serged the bottom seam you'll want to bring the two side edges, raw seams together, if you are using a regular sewing machine you'll want to pin the two sides together. If you are using a serger then you will skip the pinning and serge the two sides together.
Next you will want to "gather" the top. See link on how to gather fabric.
Once the top has been gathered you'll need to figure out your belt size. My rib cage is 28" around but in order for the skirt to stay up it needs to be snug. I cut my belt at 26". Make sure it feels comfortable wherever you cut it and remember that there will be some fabric in there too when it's complete.
Here's a handy trick I learned for putting the belt together. Place the two raw edges against each other.
Cut a smaller strip of elastic and pin it in place over the belt seam.
Stitch down the strip and cut off the excess on the sides. Please note that I did the white thread so that you could see it. I didn't complete the skirt with the white, I used black so that the seam couldn't be seen in the end.
To attach the belt you'll need to divide the skirt in 1/4 increments and place one pin in each spot (there will only be 4 pins total, one at the front, one at the back, and one on each side). Since you need the elastic to remain stretchy you cannot just run the skirt straight through the sewing machine. You'll need to begin to secure the elastic on the back side of the skirt with about 2 or 3 stitches. Once it's secure, with the needle down in the fabric, you'll need to pull the elastic toward you stretching it out and then run the belt through the sewing machine. Be mindful of keeping the fabric gathered evenly along the belt. Work your way around the skirt keeping the elastic stretched.
Once the elastic is on you're all done!
Looks simple right? If you only knew how much of a pain this skirt was ;)
As always I'm here for questions!
Good luck and Happy Crafting!