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Sew a Weekend Skirt in Less Than an Hour!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pair your weekend skirt with a simple tee shirt or chambray top!

Quick sewing projects are instant gratification.  Projects that I can make with simple measurements and do not require a pattern are even better.  This project checks off all of the boxes for me to make this a success.  You could easily make this skirt in less than one hour and is a beginners dream!

I love the neutral chambray and how it offsets the busy novelty print!

To make this skirt, you need:

1.  1 to 2 yards of fabric depending on the size
2.  1 inch no roll elastic
3.  thread

You are going to be cutting 2 pieces to make this skirt.  One piece will be the skirt body.  The second piece will be the skirt waist.  Both pieces are just rectangles.  You can make this out of any fabric that you choose.  I used Happy Campers from Timeless Treasures.

Start by measuring your waist.  The waist of your skirt should be 1 1/2 inches time your waist measurement.  If your waist measures 30 inches, you will need your waist to be 45 inches.

Next, measure the length from your natural waist and add about 1 inch for hemming and this will be the length.  These measurements will create the skirt body.   It is just one big rectangle.

Your waistband will be the same length that you measured above that is the 1 1/2 times the waist and 3 inches wide.


Cut your pieces.  With right sides together, stitch your skirt body together.  I also did a zig-zag stitch to close the ends and keep from raveling once done.

Fold your waistband in half so that you have 1 1/2 inch wide.  Pin around the waist of the skirt body aligning the seam of the body to the open end of the waist.  You will pin this with the right side to the skirt body with the open end of the waist to the top of the skirt body.

Stitch all the way around leaving the end of the waist open to insert the elastic.


Cut the elastic to the measurement of your waist.  You could even decrease this by about 2 inches or so.  Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic and pull through the waistband opening.  Sew the elastic together using a zig zag stitch.  Then, close the waistband.

Now go all the way around the raw edges of the waistband and skirt body with a zig-zag stitch.

Hem the bottom to your desired length by using a hem stitch or a double roll fold.

This skirt is flowy and allows for movement.  Make it longer if you prefer.


Below are some things to consider:

1.  If you want a less full skirt, then measure your waist and increase by 12 inches or a third of the measurement depending on how full you want your skirt.  It doesn't have to be this full.  Just make sure that you cut it wide enough for you to comfortably sit down.
2.  If you are using a pattern or print, you may need to cut two smaller rectangles to make sure that your print goes in the right direction.  Because of the cars on this, I had to cut two rectangles to make them all face the right way!
3.  You can embellish this skirt with rick rack, lace or any other trim that you like.
4.  If you like this pattern, use a fancy fabric like silk and create a party skirt!
5.  You could make this skirt for little girls or teens too!

This skirt could be dressed up or down for anything really.  I am actually planning to make a couple more of these for the upcoming fall.  I do have a party skirt planned.

And if you want to finish out your casual weekend wear, add a chambray button down and throw on your favorite slip-on sneakers.  This is something that I can't wait to wear.

Tie up your shirt or tuck it.  It doesn't matter!  Its the weekend!


Timeless Treasures has some of the most fun novelty prints out there.  If you are looking for something unique, I'm sure they have it.  Their camping prints are adorable.  This will be a great travel skirt for me or even just hanging out at the campground.

Making your own apparel doesn't have to be difficult or involve expensive patterns.  If you are just learning how to sew, this is just right for you.  It is truly an entry-level project with limited materials and pieces.  If you make this skirt, please drop me a line and share a picture or tag me on social media using the hashtag #southernglamper.

Until next time...



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