It's DIY Mondays and this week I've made a pencil skirt. This is my second skirt that I've made like this. The first one was black and I thought it would be nice to have one in a bright color for the summer. After browsing the selections at the fabric store, I chose a shade of pink. Isn't it a pretty color? Here is the tutorial.
1 yard of stretchy fabric like Jersey
1 package of 1 inch wide elastic
chalk or marking pencil
Take your waist measurement around the smallest part of your waist. Divide in half.
Measure from your waist down to the bottom of your knee or the length you choose. Add about 2 inches for seam allowance.
Fold the fabric in half.
Using a ruler mark the waist measurement horizontally from the fold. Mark the length measurement vertically from the waist measurement.
Cut across the markings. Sew a seam down the length of the skirt about 1/2 away from the edge.
Put the elastic around your waist and pull snugly. Cut and sew the ends together using a zig zag stitch.
Sew the ends of the elastic together.
Pin the elastic to the edge of the skirt. Make sure the seam of the elastic is lined up with the seam of the skirt.
Sew a zig zag stitch or use a serger to stitch the elastic to the skirt. You will need t o pull the elastic to make sure it is lined up on the waist.
Fold down the elastic and tack on the seam to make sure it stays in place. You can also sew around the bottom of the elastic.
Hem your skirt about 1 inch using a long zig zag stitch. This is supposed to help jersey and knit fabrics from gathering.
You can also watch the video tutorial from Mimi G.
I used the skirt as my day to night piece on Saturday. I changed the top, shoes, and accessories and my look went from comfy and casual to date night. How was your weekend?