I cannot believe I am daring to post this! You see, I am not really a seamstress. I sew, but wouldn’t attempt to do so for anyone else, in fear that they would criticize my crooked lines, or offer me sewing tips. I still remember when I was asked to play the organ for my church a few years back. I play the piano, but not the organ. There were very few people that could play, so they asked me to pinch hit.
The first Sunday after I played, the sweet older chorister came up to me and said, “That sounded different. I know someone who could teach you to play the organ. Would you like lessons?” I was devastated! I had practiced so hard and hadn’t really wanted to play the organ anyway! I had felt pressured to help since there weren’t a lot of other options. Sometimes you take risks, and you learn. I never was able to take organ lessons, but I practiced the piano and organ more during that time than ever!! I continued to play the organ for a while in church, and Mrs. Chorister tried valiantly not to cringe.
So, here is a risk. I made these darling skirts for my girls for spring, and I am proud of them. They are a very simple pattern and one of my favorites, as there is no zipper, no buttons, and very little sewing experience required!! Plus, the money paid for the fabric was definitely less than what I could buy two skirts for. Wonderful!! Simple and frugal.
Material desired measured according to below
3/4 or 1 inch elastic measured to waist
Width: two times waist measurement
Length: desired length plus 2.5 inches
First, you cut the fabric into one long strip. Then, folding in half with right sides together, you sew a seam along the side seam, making a tube. I ironed the seam open after sewing.
Iron the hem of the skirt. Fold up the fabric 1/2 inch and iron, then fold again and iron. Sew around the hem as close to the seam as possible.
Create the waist casing by folding down 1/2 inch and ironing. Then, fold down 1 1/4 inch and iron. I used 3/4 inch elastic. If you use 1 inch elastic, measure 1 1/2 inches down. Then sew the waist about 1/4 inch seam as close to the edge as possible, leaving a 2-3 inch opening to insert elastic.
Cut elastic to waist size minus 1 inch, and thread the elastic through the waist seam using a safety pin.
Once threaded, sew the elastic together to make a flat seam. Tuck in the elastic and finalize the skirt by sewing the waistband opening shut with the sewing machine. I also sewed across the waist seam in one place to prevent the elastic from rolling.
Wah-lah! Easy-peasy! All done.
For other similar tutorials for simple skirts see Punkin Patterns, V and Co. and Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. They have darling skirts and great tutorials, in case you get a little befuddled with mine!
I like to say, create!! Whether you do it perfectly, it matters not. The final product doesn’t need to be perfect, often the joy comes in the doing.
My little ones love these skirts. They are darling with the flower shirts Grandma got them. Stay tuned for a tutorial on matching hair bows! We did those in about 45 minutes one morning!
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Happy sewing and Happy Spring!!