Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Super Quick Skirt!

This tutorial is a project from Brett Bara's book Sewing in a Straight Line. This is her One Hour Skirt, although I don't think it actually took me an hour. It's a pretty straight forward elastic waist skirt. 

First you need to take your measurements and cut your fabric. For this type of skirt you really just need your hip measurements and your measurements for length. In the book the skirt length is above the knee, but I wanted a longer skirt so I cut my fabric a little longer. Your hip measurements will be how wide you need to cut your fabric. 

Once you cut out your pieces you'll stitch them together at the sides using a French Seam

After you have both sides finished it's time to make your elastic casing and hem your skirt. To make an elastic casing you fold your fabric over 1/4"  press then fold again 1/2" (or however much space you will need for your elastic) and top stitch it, leaving a space to thread your elastic. To hem your skirt you just repeat the process but don't leave an opening. 

Now that you've finished the casing and the hem you're pretty much done. Just thread your elastic through, using a safety pin as your "needle".

Then sew the elastic ends together.

Stretch out the skirt to cover up all the elastic, and close your casing opening.

 That's it! Now you have a super cute (and comfy) skirt. 

If you want to see a video of the dress being made HERE is a link of Brett Bara making this project.

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