Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Quick and Easy Skirts (and not so expensive, either!)

Last summer, I wanted some new skirts, but didn't have lots of money to spend on new clothes or lots of time for thrift store shopping.

That led to these simple skirts. They each take a yard or less of fabric, some elastic, and thread.

Take a cut of fabric the length you want, adding in a few inches for the hem and the casing for the elastic waistband. Fold the fabric in half so that the selvages are together and stitch. Iron that seam open.

Next, fold over the top 1/4" or so and iron. Then, fold over again the width needed to make the casing for the elastic. Sew the casing in place, leaving an opening to insert the elastic. Feed the elastic through the casing and sew closed.

Then, iron over 1/4" or so around the bottom for the hem, then fold that again and iron to make the hem. Stitch in place.

Ta-da! Done! Now you have a simple skirt that has one seam in the center back.

I know not everyone likes elastic waistbands, but it's good for me because I like to be comfortable more than I like to be stylish.

If you want to fancy them up a bit, that's not so hard, either. The one above is trimmed around the bottom with two rows of ribbon.

This one is fancied up a bit with a ruffle of red calico around the hem.

As for the other two skirts, they're not mine. I made them recently for Nana. One is pink denim and the other one is linen. Just what she needed and they only took a little time to make.

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