Thursday, April 7, 2011

Easy Skirt

I had a bit of this charcoal gray double knit left over from this Jalie dress. I used the bottom of the pattern to make a very easy knit skirt. I thought I’d show you guys how I got creative with my  elastic. I buy my elastic in bulk on a huge roll from ZipperStop.com. It’s good quality elastic but there is a lot of it so I try hard not to buy tons of different sizes. The stuff I use most commonly is the 3/4” elastic. This time, though, I wanted a skirt with a wider waistband. So I zigzagged two lengths of it together to make a 1.5” band. Here you can see the two pieces together. Once I have it put together, I sew it together to make a loop, quarter it, and serge the elastic to the skirt. This is the WS of the skirt.
skirt_1

 

This is the RS of the skirt before I fold the elastic down.
skirt_2

 


Here’s the finished skirt from the outside. This took me about 30 minutes from start to finish. I already had the pattern traced and it took about 5 minutes to cut the fabric. Now I have a cute just-above-the-knee skirt in a neutral color. I may have to look through my knits and see if there is anything else I can use up.
skirt_3

4 comments:

Corrine said...

What a great idea, I never thought about joining two lengths of a narrower elastic to make a wider one. Makes a really nice and quick skirt. Thanks for sharing that little tidbit!

Kat said...

Great idea to sew the elastic together - very resourceful :-)

And thanks for the link to ZipperStop! It's difficult enough to even *get* haberdashery in New Zealand, let alone have a decent selection or a reasonable price. I'm pretty sure that shop will be seeing quite a few of my dollars.

gMarie said...

that look great. Thanks for the tip.
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Rachelle said...

Thanks for the great tip. Saves having to pack up the kids and run out to the shops for the right size elastic too. Cute skirt :-)