One thing I’ve learnt over two pregnancies, is to embrace elastic! Even better I like things that will work whether I’m pregnant or not.
That’s why this skirt is genius. you can wear it under your bump when you’re pregnant, and back on your natural waistline when you’re not.
What you’ll need:
- 1 yard of 60″ wide fabric
- 1″ wide elastic
What to do:
- Take the following measurements:
- Waist (what I really mean is your natural waist, ie measure yourself at the smallest part of your waist)
- Length you would like the skirt to be from your Waist
- Your fabric will be a large rectangle where one side is 60” and the other is 36”. With these dimensions your skirt will end up with a finished length of 34”. If you would prefer a shorter or longer skirt (you will need more fabric for a longer skirt) cut the shorter edge of your fabric to be = desired length + ½” for hem + 1½” for waistband.
- Cut the elastic to be a couple of inches less than your waist measurement (a). I personally like to make mine 2 to 4 inches smaller, depending on how stretchy the elastic is.
- Fold the fabric in half length ways with right sides together. So that the two short raw edges are matched up. Sew along the edge & then press open the seam.
- Now you have a large fabric tube. One of the edges will be the gathered waist, and one will be the hem. Turn up ½” on raw edge and topstitch, this is the hem.
- Now we need to make the other raw edge into the waistband/elastic casing. Fold over 1 ½”, and sew all the way around, a little less than ½” from the raw edge, and leaving a gap of about 2” at the side seam, so that you end up with an elastic casing with a gap large enough to thread the elastic in.
- Thread the elastic in. I usually pin one end to the skirt, then pin a safety pin to the other end, and use that to help me thread the elastic all the way through, that way when the elastic reaches the opening on the other side, I can match up the edges easily.
- Overlap the elastic by ½” and sew together with a zig zag stitch.
- Now close up the elastic casing/waistand.
- And you’re done!
For my next skirt tutorial, I’m thinking a nice straight or A-line maternity skirt?