I love stretchy skirts, they are so comfy and they look great. I found this leopard print knit fabric at Lincraft on the weekend, and I just knew it would make an awesome skirt!
- 75cm of knit/jersey fabric at least 150cm wide
- an exsisting stretchy skirt that fits you well (to use as a pattern)
- overlocker and/or sewing machine, scissors, pins, measuring tape
Firstly, take a look at your fabric. Mine has a distinct pattern, and I wanted the lighter part to be running down the middle of the skirt. If your fabric doesn’t have such an obvious print, you don’t have to be as pedantic with pattern placement as I was.
“Middle” of pattern shown by blue line
Lay your fabric on a flat surface, and place your exsisting skirt on top. I folded my skirt in half, so I could line the fold and my imaginary blue line (representing the middle of the pattern) up. Open up the skirt, and pin to the fabric. Carefully cut around your skirt, leaving at least a 1cm seam allowance. Let’s call this the Front.
The stripy skirt has it’s own waist band, so I folded it out of the way when cutting across the top of the skirt
Take the Front pannel, and place it on the fabric to cut out the second piece (you guessed it, the Back). Again, I made sure the lighter part of the print was running down the middle of the pannel, and cut out right along the edge of the Front, so you have two identical pieces.
With the right sides facing, pin the Front and Back together, and sew down the side seams. An overlocker is great for this project, as it sews a stretchy seam. If you only have a sewing machine, sew the sides together using a zigzag stitch. This works just as well, and seeing as we are using a knit fabric, the cut edges won’t fray! (Love knit fabric…)
Try your skirt on in front of the mirror, insideout. It should be snug, without being too tight, and not slipping off your hips. If you think it’s a little loose, take it in bit by bit until it fits perfectly. With the skirt still on, measure around your tummy where the waist band will sit (right at the top of the skirt). Take this measurement and minus 10%. This will give the band negative ease, meaning it will fit snug on your tum, and keep the skirt up at the same time. You also need to decide how wide you want the band. I made mine 8cm wide, when finished.
Lay your fabric out, and fold it so wrong sides are facing (see how I folded mine so the lighter part was in the middle… This means the pattern on the band will match up with the front of the skirt). With the folded edge towards you, measure half of your waist band measurement away from you, and make a line of pins. Double the width of your band, and measure along the fold, away from the first pin. From that point, start a second line of pins the same length as the first. You’re making a rectangle, folded in half on itself. I feel I’ve describled this rather poorly, so I drew a diagram…
Cut your band out along the outsides of the pins. Fold the band in half lengthways so the right sides are facing, and sew along the open edge (edge marked 16cm above), making a circle (see picture above diagram). Now fold the band in half widthways with wrong sides facing. Take the skirt and place it inside the waist band, right sides facing, with raw edged facing up. Line up the middle of the waist band and the skirt Front, pin together through all 3 layers. Line the back seam of the waist band and the skirt Back, and pin through all layers. Pin the whole way around the skirt, gently stretching the waist band to match the skirt, without any puckering. Sew the waist band to the skirt through all 3 layers.
Your skirt is almost done! Fold over 1cm of the bottom of the skirt, and run a zigzag stich around, making a hem. You can leave it un-hemmed if you want, it won’t fray, but it may roll up a little.
That’s it! You’re all done! It may sound a little tricky, but I promise you, it’s just the way I’m describing the process. Even if you have beginner level experience in sewing, this is easy to do! Plus, knit fabric is pretty cheap, so if you stuff up it doesn’t really matter!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I really hope I’ve described the steps well enough for you to understand! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Have fun making skirts!