My summer wardrobe is looking a little bare and the idea of going and looking for a new addition sends shivers down my spine. I am a pretty plain dresser. I'm not into flouncy, super-girly dresses and skirts, and searching shops for basic clothes can be quite exhausting.
With a perfectly good sewing machine sitting idle in the back room and a stack of fabric waiting to be taken out of the storage boxes, a homemade skirt was looking like the easiest (and cheapest) option.
There are some great simple skirt patterns out there. It isn't too difficult a task but sometimes I just need a little direction on how to sew a particular seam or how to measure the amount of fabric needed.
Pennycones and Adith's Amma Sews were great inspiration and both got me quite excited about having a skirt ready to wear to morning tea tomorrow.
I decided to go with an elastic waist for a few reasons; my sewing skills are quite basic, I wanted this to be a fairly quick project and I didn't have a pattern. I'm not usually a big fan of elastic waisted skirts as I usually associate it with being about 3 years old. Also, elastic is way too forgiving around the girth.
this is what I did.
I measured around my waist and doubled it. This became the longer side of the rectangle that would make up the skirt. I wanted the length to be a out 60cm so I made the rectangle 65cm wide, allowing for seams at the top and bottom. Cut to length and sew the two shorter end together with the right sides facing. I hemmed the bottom and then attached elastic at the top using a variation of this method. I could have just made a sleeve to slide the elastic through and it would have worked just the same.
All in all, the whole thing took just over half an hour and was very satisfying. I am sure there will be more of these on the way.