Thursday, 8 December 2011

DIY Summer Skirt

A few years ago I was given a pink brother sewing machine for Christmas. At the time I had no idea how to use it and as the extent of my mothers sewing was stitching ribbons onto my ballet shoes I had to figure it out for myself. A few months ago during the holidays, I decided to make a skirt and once I set my heart to something I won't give up until I've done it. It turned out to be really easy, you don't even need a pattern and I've worn the skirt heaps! I even wore it to the Katy Perry concert! Follow these instructions to make your own.

♡ First, lay out a 1.5 square meter piece of fabric on a flat surface. If the fabric is sheer (see through) double it over. If it doesn't need to be doubled over cut one edge to the length you want the skirt to be i.e. above your knee. You can use a tape measure to figure out this length by measuring from your waist where the skirt will sit to where you want it to come to. Add on about 4 cm seam allowance.

♡ You should now have a piece of fabric with a length of 150 cm and a width of around 50 give or take.

♡ Pin the short edges of the fabric together with the good side of the fabric facing inwards. Sew this.

♡ Take the bottom of the skirt and fold it up about 1 cm on the inside. Pin it and then sew it. Then fold it up another two cm's, pin it and sew it again to prevent fraying.

♡ Take a piece of elastic and wrap it around your waist where you want the skirt to sit. Ensure it is snug but not tight. Add 4 cm seam allowance and cut it.

♡ Fold the top of the fabric over onto the inside so there is enough room for the elastic to fit inside. Pin and sew leaving about a 6 cm gap at the back.

♡ Slide the elastic through until both ends meet at the hole at the back. The easiest way to do this is by attaching a safety pin to one end so you can pull it through.

♡ Overlap the elastic by about 4cm and sew it in a figure 8 so it is durable.

♡ Fold the fabric over the elastic and sew up the hole.

♡ Congratulations your skirt is finished! xx

I hope you liked these instructions and find them useful enough to make your own skirt. You can use any fabric you like and it is really easy to wear. If you have any trouble with it just leave a comment and I will get back to you asap! xx :)

*All photos are mine x :)


  1. that skirt looks really good! is it see through though?

  2. Thanks, but no its not see through xx :)