Monday, June 11, 2012

High-Waisted Mini Skirt {Tutorial}

This might possibly be the easiest skirt you'll ever make! And it comes fully equipped with pockets!
One minute you have a few yards of fabric and the next (well maybe a few hours later) you have an adorable skirt! I think I'll be make lots more of these guys :)



Here's what you'll need:
1 1/4 yards of fabric
Thread
Yard stick/measuring tape
Pins
Vanishing marker
Sewing machine
Elastic

Start by cutting out:
2 pieces of fabric for the skirt (21"h x 33"w)
Next follow the instructions below for making the pockets

You'll base your pocket size roughly off of your hand size. Lay down your hand and trace it adding an extra inch around the edges and cut them out.

Do this for four pieces.

Pin the pockets RIGHT sides together and stitch all the way around leaving the flat side open.

Do NOT stitch all the way up the sides. Leave about a 1/2" and back stitch. 
Do for both pockets and set aside.

Lay out one side of the main fabric or skirt body and fold down the top over your elastic so you know how wide the opening for the elastic will need to be and where the top of your finished skirt will begin.

Measure the distance from the top of where you want the skirt to sit to the height at which you want the pockets. I did mine 6" down to the top of the pocket.

With the top folded down accounting for the elastic band place the pocket RIGHT sides out 
at your selected height on the RIGHT side of one side of the skirt body.

Flip up the pocket flap and pin it back and pin the bottom side down to the skirt body.

Sew a 1/4" seam down the pocket back stitching at each end. Repeat this step for the other side of the pocket placing the other side of the skirt body RIGHT side down on top.

Once you have both sides of the pocket attached to the skirt body, pin the two skirt pieces together. You do NOT want to stitch over the pocket when seaming the two skirt pieces together. You will stitch down from the top of the skirt to the top of the pocket and then pick back up at the bottom of the pocket to the bottom of the skirt.

This is what it will look like before you push the pocket back into itself.

Repeat above steps for second pocket.

Turn the skirt WRONG side out and fold down the top making sure there's enough space for the elastic.

Stitch a seam all the way around leaving a small opening to slip the elastic into.

Pull the elastic around your waist to the desired snugness...if that's actually a word and cut it leaving a little extra space for where you'll be stitching. 

Using a safety pin to guide the elastic through insert it into the opening.

Pull the elastic through the other end and over lap it as shown. Stitch the overlapping pieces together and push elastic back into the opening. You may have to fiddle around a bit with the gather so that it's even all over the skirt. Stitch the opening closed.

Lastly hem up the bottom of the skirt by either folding it once or twice upwards. Pin and stitch. 
And that's all she wrote!





As always I welcome any and all questions so don't hesitate!

Happy Crafting!

36 comments:

  1. Your web looks absolutely gorgeous. I was thinking to follow each other. Tell me what you think :X

    Regards!

    FashionSpot.ro

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  2. Very nice, please link it up with me today at Wow Us Wednesday.

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  3. This is really super adorable. I'm a beginning sewer and I really want to make one. I will give it a try this weekend. Thanks for the excellent tutorial and I really love the fabric!

    Your newest follower, Jess
    http://thedelightfulcrafter.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Jess! I'd love to see how it turns out! If you're up for it you can send me a pic at amy@thisbigoaktree.com I got this fabric at Jo Ann's just about 2 weeks ago I'm sure they'd still have it. Although you did say that you are a "beginning sewer" and this fabric is going to be trickier to work with than a regular cotton fabric. It' certainly not the most difficult fabric to work with but it is different. Just do some test stitches on some scraps first. :) Good luck!

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  4. This is so adorable and you look great in it! Nice job :)

    Shannon

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  5. That is a darling skirt! I think I will totally whip one of these together for the weekend. :)

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  6. BEAUTIFUL skirt! Love the polka dot fabric!

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  7. can't wait to try this! thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. Amy - this is adorable! I love the polka dots and pockets! Thanks for sharing this at the {what's shakin' link party}!!

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  9. love it!! Thanks for sharing at Create & Inspire... Featuring you today! :)

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  10. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks for all your fabulous posts!

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  11. Hey Amy, GREAT skirt! It's going to make the perfect bottom to a dress I'm working on from a re-purposed tank top. Maybe you could help me out though. I think I'm a bit bigger than you and I want to make sure this skirt comes out all right... With a waist of 32" and hips at 42", how wide do you think I should cut my fabric?

    Thanks!
    Alex

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    1. Hey Alexandra, I'm thinking if I were you I'd make the two pieces 21" x 38". I'd love to see the finished product if you get a chance to send a pic. You can send it to amy@thisbigoaktree.com...no pressure though! Good luck! Amy

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  12. This is so cute! I was just lusting over a skirt like this that I saw on the Style network. I have such a terrible habit of recording everything on that channel to my Hopper DVR because I just end up wanting everything I see on it. I never thought that having such a big amount of recording space would actually be a bad thing. LOL! Thanks to you, now I can copy that skirt without having to spend any of my Dish paycheck! Yay! I’m not the best sewer, but I definitely think this is at least worth a try. I hope it turns out as well for me as it did for you!

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    1. Ha ha! You're too funny! I'm glad I could save you the purchase ;) Good luck!

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  13. Hey! First off, I love your blog too much. (if there was such a thing) Do you think this would work with a lightweight denim, or should i just stick with this? Let me know!

    bmrtndl3@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks Bridgit! Lightweight denim would probably work for the skirt but the issue may be with the sewing machine. Some sewing machines can't handle a lot of bulk but you probably have an idea of if your machine can handle it.

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  14. So cute & simple! With things starting to warm up here in Australia, this project needs to move up on my to-do list!!! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial :)

    Cass x
    Cass Can Sew

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    1. Cassandra, What a weird concept is it to think that it's finally cooling off here and you're going in the opposite direction! So glad my tutorials can stay relevant all over the world :) Good luck!

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  15. I am very much a sewing-novice. I used this tutorial as my first clothing experiment and it turned out very poofy. I'm thinking my fabric was too light-weight. What type of fabric do you typically use? (Besides that problem, the skirt is adorable. You're tutorials are wonderful!)

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    1. Hi Nicole, Thanks for trying one of my tutorials! I'm sorry it turned out so full. The fabric I used here was a silky, stretchy material. It's very drapey not like plain cotton. I hope you find my other tutorial go a bit better :) Amy

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  16. I didn't realize how simple this was when I saw pictures floating around on pinterest! I'll definitely be adding it to my list, and seeing what I have in my fabric stash that could work :)

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  17. thanks for the great post! i've pinned you onto my pinterest board :) http://pinterest.com/pomegranatesoda/wearable-diy/

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  18. This is the only tutorial on skirts I have seen that was easy to follow! Thank you soooooo much.

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  19. I know this was posted a while ago, but I was wondering about how tall you are & how long you made the skirt. I cannot measure because I would like to make this for a gift. She is about 5' 1" with large hips and a 24" waist. Usually, I am great at drafting patterns, but pregnancy brain is clouding my otherwise good seamstress judgement! Thanks :)

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  20. Hi, I was just wondering if when you say two pieces, that if their two sides, front and back, or if the other piece is just for the pockets. or do I sew them together? Sorry if I sound really lame I just wanna make sure xD

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    1. In the cutting section of the post I say "two pieces" and it means that there is a front and a back.

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  21. Just made a skirt like this today! The directions are super clear and easy to follow! Thanks for posting :)

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  22. Any suggestions on making this at normal waist?

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  23. If I want it longer what length do I need?

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