Green…is my favorite color. Bright greens, like this Kelly green have especially been catching my eye lately.
So when I saw this fabric in Hobby Lobby I just had to grab it and make an…
If you followed my nesting series, it’s the adult version of my Easy Baby Skirts. You might also remember it as my “spider” outfit for my Once Upon a Thread 3 guest post. It’s also the same method I used for my black and white striped skirt. Love this skirt, can’t you tell? :)
Just like the baby skirts, it’s a simple gathered skirt with a flexible waistband. This time though, I used elastic for the top because us moms need a bit more support around there. :)
I wear a lot of my skirts this way…high up on my waist. I like to do this for two reasons:
1. It creates a flattering curvaceous silhouette.
2. It hides the kangaroo pouch that has never fully disappeared since I had my first baby.
Want to make one too? Let’s do it…
1 1/2 to 2 yards of your choice of skirt material…cotton, knit, almost anything goes
*I used Kona cotton
3 inch wide elastic
STEP ONE: Measurements
-Take your waist measurement and add two inches for your waistband.
– Then take your waistband measurement and double it. This is about the width of your skirt. You add or take away a few inches depending on the stretch and drape of the fabric and how much fullness you desire. I used 54 inches or 1 1/2 yards.
– Measure from your true waist down to how long you want your skirt.
* Add 3 inches for a wide hem.
* Add about 6 inches more if you want pleating detail around the bottom.
STEP TWO: Skirt
I cut mine 32 inches for a finished length of about 22 inches, after pleating, hemming and attaching to the waistband.
*Tip: For larger projects like this. It helps to fold it evenly before cutting on your rotary mat. Unless you have a gigantic one…and if you do, then I’m green with envy. ;)
Sew pleats in place…
Using the double folded edge…
And if you’re smarter than me you’ll be sure you pleated both ends evenly…
Serge the top of the skirt…
STEP THREE: Waistband
Be sure to pin with the waistband and skirt right sides together.
Using a modified/narrow zig zag stitch or a regular zig zag stitch, sew from pin to pin stretching the elastic to fit the length of the skirt. This may take some muscle, patience and a bit of sweat. :) This is the only part that isn’t easy. :)
When you’re done your skirt should look like this…
This is the waistband inside out…
…and this is the waistband right side out.
Sewing the waistband on this way helps the skirt poof out a bit and hides the stitching which can get a little uneven on the elastic.
I sewed another one using…you may recognize it…my spring scarf!
This sheer fabric was the perfect width and length to double up and fold under bubble style.
Because it’s doubled up and the print is so busy it’s not see-through either.
I love how these Easy Mommy Skirts help me feel more like myself again after having a baby.
As do wearing heels. I can even jump in them again.
Wahoo! :) You know I love a good jumping picture.
Be sure to jump on over to Kojo-designs for more a yummy green summer treat.