How to Make a Simple Skirt for Any Size part 1


Making this little skirt can be addictive!

You will find that you are making them out of all sorts of different fabrics, mixing fabrics together and making them, and then you are going to realize that you can also appliqué on them, embroider them, add sequins, beads, the things you can do are limited Only by your imagination. Meaning there are no limits. The skirt example I am using will fit a little girl size 8.

The things you are going to need will be:


Thread to match fabric

Iron and Ironing surface

4 small safety pins

Straight pins

A sewing machine, (a serger

would be nice, but not necessary)

Measuring tape

Elastic 1/4" wide


Trim, optional

How to Make a Simple Skirt part 2

The amount of fabric you will need depends on the length you want and hip size you have. Multiply your hip size by 2.5, then divide by 2. For my example skirt, the hip is 27", the formula is:
27 x 2.5 = 67.5
67.5 divided by 2 is 33.75 inches, or 33 3/4.

I need a skirt front and back cut 33 3/4" wide.
Folding the fabric selvage edge to selvage edge will make cutting much easier than laying the fabric flat and cutting. For this reason, we need to divide our measurement again by 2. Leaving us with 16 7/8. Not being that fussy, 17 inches will do.

Next we will need to know our length. Measuring from the natural waistline down to the length you want the skirt to fall. Take this measurement and add 6 inches. For the sample skirt this is 21". A finished skirt length of 15" plus 6".

Measure and either use a fabric marker or straight pins to mark your cutting line for the length. Cut along pins or marked line.

Next cut fabric along raw edge for the side seam, Remember that you need two pieces, a skirt front and a skirt back.

How to Make a Simple Skirt part 3

With right sides together, line your skirt front and skirt back up along the side seams. Check to make sure that your fabric is straight, not just along the seam area, but also across the top and bottom.

If and when I pin fabric, I try to keep the pins well out of my sewing line. This prevents me from missing a pin and sewing over it. I also have found that pinning in the direction of the seam, holds better than pinning across the seam. Don't know why..., --it just does.

After you get both side seams pinned, you are ready to head to the sewing machine.

If using a serger, sew both side seams so that your trimming the edge of fabric ever so slightly.

If using a sewing machine, sew the side seams with a 5/8" seam allowance.

After you have sewn both side seams, we need to visit Mrs. Steamy, aka, the iron.
Press seams to one side.
If you sewed instead of serged, fold the seam in half back onto itself, fold down and press.
This will enclose the fabric edge, eliminating the loose threads that happen after laundering.
Not to mention the fact that it just looks better.

After folding and pressing both side seams,
take to the sewing machine and sew a straight stitch
1/16" in on folded seam edge. Turn fabric over and repeat the stitch on the right side of the fabric.

The next thing to do is serge or stay stitch the top and bottom of the skirt. To stay stitch, sew a zig-zag stitch along fabric edges using a 1/4" seam allowance. We are ready to visit Mrs. Steamy again. We need to fold the waist in toward the wrong side of the fabric 1". Iron into place.

After turning the entire waist and pressing the fold line, fold the fabric again in toward the wrong side of the fabric. Press into place.

Repeat this same procedure for the hem using 2" as your fold line. Back to the sewing machine...,

Sewing from wrong side of fabric, sew a straight stitch using 1/16" seam allowance along top edge of waistline. Next, starting approx. 1" away from a side seam, stitch 1/16" from bottom edge of waistline, sew until you reach the the side seam you started in front of. Leave that inch gap open for now. Do the same thing again, leaving an inch gap in the same location, and sew a seam centered between the previous 2 rows of stitching. This creates the 2 channels to run your elastic through for the waistline.

For the hem of the skirt, you can hand hem the skirt, or use the blind hem stitch on your sewing machine. You might also want to add a piece of trim or lace along the stitch line of the hem, and use your trim to hide the machine sewn hem.

Finally, cut two pieces of elastic for the waist. using two safety pins, put one saftey pin through one end of the elastic, and use one pin to secure the other end of the elastic to the skirt side seam. Take the loose end of the elastic and insert it into the top elastic channel, and keep feeding it through until it come out through the opening. Carefully secure both ends with a safety pin attached to side seam, with remaining piece of elastic and safety pins, repeat for the lower elastic channel.

With elastic overlapping one inch stitch the ends of each piece together. It is easier to just do this by hand than it is to wrestle it under the needle of your machine. Remove your saftey pins, and finish closing the two openings. The last thing you have to do is stretch the waist out the full stretch of elastic a couple of times to let the gather of the skirt adjust evenly.

You now have a cute little skirt, for about any occasion your fabric fits.