Fabricland has to be up there in my list of favourite shops, so when I spotted a beautiful elephant print fabric in there I knew it would look great as a skirt. I’d never actually sewed anything wearable before so I have to admit that this project was a little bit of trial and error.
However, despite the fact that I also made up the pattern as I went along, this skirt is actually surprisingly quick and easy to make.
To make the pattern, I measured the hem of a skirt that I’ve already got that I like the fit/length/etc of. This gave me the basic measurements for the skirt. In short, you cut out 2 identical rectangles of fabric, sew down the length of 2 of the sides with the material facing each other, sew all the way around the bottom to make a hem and then sew some elastic along the top leaving a little section of fabric to fold under the elastic to make the waistband. The waist is elasticated which meant that I didn’t have to be so precise with my measurements because elastic is… well… flexible! 🙂
Here is a basic plan of how I made the skirt:
Note: when I’d folded down the waistband over the elastic (on the inside of the skirt), I then did sew it down over the elastic so that the elastic is concealed… makes it feel much nicer against your skin! 🙂
Here is the finished skirt:
The finished skirt fits really well, the only thing that I’d change if (when) I make another one would be to choose a softer material, although the elephant print is cotton it’s quite stiff and so doesn’t flow quite as nicely as I’d hoped… but maybe a few washes with fabric conditioner will help!
Let me know if you’ve been sewing anything fun recently… I want to try a dress next but need to find a good pattern first!