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The easy maternity skirt

March 11th, 2011

This might possibly be the easiest maternity skirt ever – and it’s super cute to boot!! It is definitely a beginner level project – so don’t feel scared of trying!

I’ve worn mine through 2 pregnancies, and it’s been such a life safer! Okay, lets make one!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 yard (or less) of waistband elastic (I personally like to use the ruffled edge elastic because it’s so wide, and easy to use)
  • 1 yard of 60” wide fabric (it doesn’t matter if it has stretch or not)

What to do:

  1. Figure out the length you want your skirt. Add on 5/8” for the waistband seam allowance, and add on hem allowance too. My skirt was 20” long with a 3” wide hem. So my total length was 20” + 5/8” (waistband seam allowance) + 3” (hem) + 5/8” (to fold under when finishing the hem) = 24 ¼”
  2. Once you’ve done this cut your fabric, and neaten up the raw edge (I like to use a serger for this, but you could just as easily use a zig zag stitch on your machine)
  3. Now we need to cut your waistband elastic. Measure your hips (under your belly!!) and cut your elastic to be this length.
  4. Now it’s time to attach your skirt to the waistband. I’m using ruffle edged elastic, so I’m playing the ruffle edge against the right side of my skirt fabric and sewing 5/8” from the edge, stretching the elastic as I go, so that the ruffle is flat against the fabric as I sew.

    It should look like this when it’s turned the right way round. The nice thing about doing it this way is that you get perfect gathers, and a little poof!
  5. It may end up that your skirt fabric is too wide and you have excess on the edge beyond the elastic. If this is the case don’t stress!! Just trim off the excess and then serge/neaten the side seams of your skirt
  6. Now fold your skirt in half with right sides together, so that the side seams are matched up, and sew
  7. Open the seam and press flat
  8. I find that the elastic doesn’t lay completely flat, so it may be necessary to top stitch over the elastic section
  9. Now hem the skirt. I like to turn under 5/8” then press,

    then turn under 3” and press again before sewing, so that the hem is really neat
  10. Your skirt should look like this now
  11. Wear!

Isn’t that just the easiest skirt ever? I love how versatile and comfortable it is – and I really love how you can still wear it after the baby is born (when lets face it, we still need the elastic waistband!!). Click here to see how I wore mine post baby.

16 Responses

  1. penny says:

    wow that really does look like an easy skirt to make. I can’t wait to try it – thanks for sharing!

  2. myrrh says:

    our local fabric store doesn’t carry the ruffled edge elastic and I can’t seem to find it online. Any idea if there’s a technical name for it? Where do you get yours?


    • Meg says:

      Oh gosh what a pain! I got mine from my local Hancock fabrics – they always seem to have a lot in stock. From memory I think it’s just called waistband elastic – but I’m going to look into it and see if I can find it online somewhere too (and what the real name is!) – i’ll let you know what i find! xoxo

      • myrrh says:

        oh that would be wonderful! Thanks!

        • Meg says:

          Hmmm it is turning out to be problematic – I’m so shocked! I can’t seem to find it online anywhere except Ebay (here) – and my local Hancock fabrics store tells me keep it in stock pretty regularly. I think I might need to do an updated tutorial using regular elastic with no ruffle since this one is so hard to find! (even though it is my favourite!). XOXO

  3. brooke says:

    quick question…how would 45″ fabric work?

  4. Vanessa says:

    i need this skirt!! i’m 8 months pregnant, and I have nothing to wear on my bottom half. I have no idea how to use a sewing machine, but I need to make this STAT!

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