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 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.


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


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.


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!

Unknown 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.

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 :-)