It’s been a while since I used my sewing machine for the last time: I just realized my recent DIY project requiring sewing comes from July 2017 which makes almost 10 months! As it’s getting warm in Berlin and I wanted to try something simple after such a long breakedown I decided to sew light, comfortable DIY folk skirt with elastic waistband.
I found the perfect fabrics last weekend when visiting my friends in Warsaw – it caught my eye with its folk, vivid, though not too glaring pattern. The material is quite rigid, thick – therefore not transparent – and 100% cotton which will make my skin breath when the heat comes.
Let’s go on with the sewing!
DIY folk skirt with elastic waistband – what you need
- Cotton fabrics – you will need 2 rectangles, each of:
- height = (your expected skirt length in cm) + 2x(width of your elastic + 1cm) +1cm for finishing the waist + 2cm for finishing the bottom >> it made 54cm in my case.
- width = 0,5x of how your total skirt circumference at the bottom should be >> it made 80cm in my case, I simply measured the width of the skirt I already own and like.
- Elastic – long enough to wrap your waist quite tight plus some spare cm for sewing
- Sewing machine: I recommend my Singer 8280 as it’s pretty basic, quite cheap but still having all the functions that beginning tailor might need
- Regular tailors kit: pins, scissors, erasable pen, thread
Sewing DIY folk skirt with elastic waistband
I started with measurements and cutting the rectangles of desired dimensions out of my fabrics.
Then I hemmed the top and bottom edges of both rectangles with zigzac stitch – it will prevent it from fraying. It’s the part done by overlock machine in professional tailoring but if you don’t have an overlock, zigzac stitch does the work too. Here is how it looks:
The next step is sewing both rectangles together. Put them right sides together and – if your fabric is striped liked mine – make sure the stripes on both sides match. Then pin the material together and stitch with straight seam leaving 1 cm allowance from the edge.
Now hem the sides with zigzac stitch.
Done with that step? You should now have nicely hemmed big tube that’s only few steps from becoming a skirt!
To pull in the waist elastic you need to prepare the tunnel. Use the iron to create 1cm fold inwards and then another fold, the size of your elastic + 1cm. Ironing is not the most funny part but is very helpful for neat sewing:
After you iron the tunnel, pin it and sew along the waist, leaving small part open so you can easily pull in the elastic later.
Now move to the bottom: fold 1cm of the skirt inwards, pin it and again sew along the whole skirt.
There is only one more step left: pulling in the elastic. To do so you can either use special elastic hook [Amazon] or just a safety pin as I did. Simply attach it to the elastic and drag through the tunnel making sure it won’t get pulled from the other side.
When both ends meet outside of the tunnel, stitch them together and sew the remaining hole.
Now spread the material around the elastic so your skirt gets nice, wavy shape and stitch the elastic in 1-2 spots so it’s not changing its shape – for example after washing.
I hope you liked my tutorial and will give it a try. Should you have comments or questions, please feel welcome to add them below the post. Kisses!