Easy Elastic-Waist Skirts

I’m a bit afraid of sewing clothes, but when I was pregnant with Pumpkin, I had great dreams of making her cute little A-line dresses and upcycled t-shirt pants. Unfortunately, I’ve never learned to sew stretchy fabric and kids’ neck and arm holes seem so little. But after making the mermaid skirt a couple months ago, I realized how easy it was to make a cotton elastic-waist skirt. That became my second crafty challenge for this month and so far, I’ve made three skirts.

Pumpkin loves color and funky patterns so I tried to pick some fun fabrics that reflected some of her interests. And right now, she’s really into wearing skirts – leggings underneath since we’re in chilly-year-round San Francisco.

These were pretty easy to make with just a quarter-yard of fabric. I liked the look of mixing a solid fabric with a print, so I sewed some together to make it 12 inches long (44 inches across). I then did a quarter-inch seam at the bottom and rolled over an inch for the elastic at the top – add a quarter-inch rolled in for both of those for clean edges. I threaded 1/2-inch elastic through the top and sewed one more seam down the side of the skirt. I also added a zig-zag stitch for all skin-touching seams. Hopefully these pictures will help explain it.

Back side of the fabric before inserting elastic

Smooth skin-touching seam

These were very easy to make and Pumpkin has enjoyed wearing them. If you want to give this a try and have any questions, just let me know. A skirt was able to be completed in one evening.



4 Comments on Easy Elastic-Waist Skirts

  1. Lynn Smith
    February 22, 2014 at 7:15 PM (2 years ago)

    I love all the fabrics, especially the one with the skulls.

  2. Michele C
    February 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM (2 years ago)

    Sweet! I’m happy to say that my college-aged girl loves the A-line skirts I made for her from the Sew What Skirts book. The measurement calculations work just perfect both for her average sized 8/10 shape and for my slightly larger shape. You should make one for yourself!
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  3. Sarah
    February 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM (2 years ago)

    I have pajama pants I made from that exact same day of the dead fabric! Funny. These are really cute, I may have to make some for my daughter.