Elastic waist skirt

Mini as in little skirt

I got in a bit of a panic last night. The last blog showed what I consider easy skirts to make. Although I did say that some level of sewing skill was required to make them.

The more I thought on it, the more I realised that fitting a waistband and setting a zip is not exactly easy peasy if you have never done it before. I’m not going to lie and make out that I do my sewing to the standard and level that would make a tailor proud. I often don’t over-lock my edges, especially if I know the fabric won’t fray. I never hand sew my hems either. The right colour thread makes the hem invisible.

There are millions of blogs and how-to guides, OK maybe not millions but a lot, on the Internet explaining waistbands and zips. I have picked two. See here fit a waistband and here set a zip

For today’s post I have shown a really easy skirt. On the left of the photo is the pattern in wrapping paper and on the right is a mini version of this skirt. I used black thread and elastic so you can see where to sew. Don’t you love that flat wool needle I use to thread the elastic into the waist? You can make the skirts longer or shorter. The wider your fabric, the fuller the skirt will be. All you need do, is pick a lovely piece of fabric. I am planning to make a black net underskirt with lace at the hem. There is a latent Goth girl in me dying to come out.

The Greenie Galleries at the top of this page have 100s of photos of older and newer projects showing multiple ways to make your own clothing and accessories. There are also ideas to recycle or upcycle.

See you soon.