Step by step instructions for making an elasticated waist skirt, with optional french seams. This project will take you less than an hour and is a great way to show off your prints!
Hi everyone, this is Beki from Print & Press. A few months ago I posted some pictures of an elasticated waist skirt I made using Mimi Hammill’s Queenstown fabric. My sister fell in love with the skirt, and has now taken it back to Singapore with her.
So I need to make another one, and as we’ve had so many requests for information on how I made the first skirt, I thought I would put together some instructions. It really is the easiest pattern ever, and you should be able to complete it in an hour.
You will need:
1 metre of fabric (light to medium weight cottons work well) You can print your own fabric with us, or have a look at our designer fabric collection. For this project I used Charlotte Donovan’s Magpie Squad on Cotton Sateen.
Your waist measurement in 25mm elastic (sometimes called waistband elastic)
- Start by gently washing your fabric and leaving it to dry. None of our fabric is pre-washed, so washing it means it will shrink to it’s final size. Once it’s dry, iron your fabric until it’s smooth.
- If you’re using digitally printed fabric, trim the white borders off your print. Lay your fabric out face down, with the long edge along the top, and the shorter (1 metre) edge on the sides.
- Pin the sides of the fabric together, wrong sides facing each other (If you don’t want to have french seams then ignore steps 3-10 and instead just pin and sew the right sides facing each other to make the back seam of the skirt)
- Sew the fabric together with a 3/8 seam allowance.
- Very carefully trim the excess fabric next to your stitch line, so your seam allowance reduces to 1/8.
- Open the fabric out right side up, and press the seam allowance to one side, then turn the fabric over (wrong side facing up) and press the seam so it’s flat.
- Fold the fabric at the seam with the right sides together. Make sure the stitching is right on the fold and press the seam flat.
- Pin along the seam, and sew along the edge at 2/8 seam allowance. This will ‘trap’ the original seam inside the fold, which creates the neat french seam.
- Open the fabric out with the wrong side facing up, and again press the seam allowance to one side.
- Turn the fabric over right side up and press the seam so it lays flat. You’ve now made a french seam!
- Now it’s time to make the waistband. With the skirt inside out, turn over a small strip of fabric (about 2/8) all the way around and press.
- Fold another strip from the top of the skirt, this time making sure it will be wide enough to fit your elastic inside. Press again.
- Measure loosely around your waist with the elastic, and take 3 inches off this. Stretch this around your waist, overlapping the elastic by an inch, to check that it’s comfortable, and add/take away more elastic as necessary. When you are happy cut the elastic.
- Pin the elastic so the ends overlap by an inch.
- Use zig zag stitch to sew a square over the overlap.
- With the skirt still inside out, carefully pin the elastic inside the waistband fold you created earlier.
- Sew along the edge of the folded waistband with the skirt inside out, trapping the elastic inside the fold.
- The last part is to cut the skirt to the length you would like, press the seams, pin, and sew. My skirt has a simple straight hem, but you could easily cut a dipped hem.
Ta da you have a finished skirt! And because of the french seams it looks neat inside as well.
Hope you’ve found that easy to follow, I’d love to see any skirts you make ☺️