24 September 2013

Sew an elastic waisted skirt

Great DIY project for a beginner!

Measuring tape
Cotton fabric
Cotton thread to match 
Sewing machine
Sewing pins
Safety pin

Firstly, measure your waist and then double that number. This is the length of your fabric.

Now measure from your natural waist to where you want your skirt to hang (eg. mid thigh). Add 2 inches (5 cm) to this number. This is the width of your fabric.

Cut out fabric. Sew a zig zig stitch all around the edge of the rectangle to stop it unravelling.

Fold 1 inch (2.5 cm) of fabric along the length and pin. Sew along pinned line.

Next pin 1 inch (2.5 cm) along the side, pin and sew.

Sew another line next to this line (so the fabric doesn't fray).

Measure the width of your elastic and fold the waist down a bit more than this so the elastic with fit later. Pin. Begin sewing. Stop just before you get to where you began (about a 1 inch gap).

Remember your waist measurement? Add 1 inch to this number and cut a strip of eleastic. 

Pin your safety pin to the end of the elastic. Insert the safety pin into the tube around the waistband. Push the pin in all the way around, scrunching the fabric up as you go (be careful not to lose the end in the waistband). 

Take the two ends of your elastic. Put the right over the left so that it overhangs by 1 inch (2.5 cm). Pin and sew very thoroughly (in a rectangular shape with an x in the middle).

Turn inside out and iron. 

All done!

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