June 13, 2011

Super Simple Summer Skirt

I wanted to try my hand at making a simple summer skirt.  I wanted it to be casual and easy to through on.  So I headed to the fabric store and bought a yard and a half of a really thin knit fabric.  This is how it turned out.  It was pretty easy to make, too.


(I told you my legs were white.  This picture is cross-processed, which makes them glow a little less.  They are worse in real life :)


I started by making a waistband that was two layers of the fabric (just fold it over) and five inches high.  Because all knits are a bit different it's hard to say how big around to make it.  Some knits stretch a lot (like this one) and others are more tight.  I measured a skirt I had that fits well and is knit.  Just try on the waistband before you sew the skirt onto it.
You'll sew the waistband into a tube.  As I mentioned, you'll want to make it two layers.  That way it can hold the weight of the skirt better.


Now I made the width of the skirt about three times the width of the waist band.  It's really full, but since it's a really thin knit it lays nicely without making the skirt feel too bulky.  Sew the back piece and the front piece along the sides, creating a tube.  (Invert it so it's right side out.)  Sew a basting stitch slong the top and gather it until it matches the width of the top of the skirt.

I am usually a slacker when it comes to pinning, but this is definitely worth pinning.  Since I left the top of the fabric exposed it's hard to make sure everything is lined up when you sew it.  That means pinning it in place is extra important so you know you're not slipping off the fabric underneath.


Sew it on.  I sewed another line an 1/8 apart from the top one for extra security and because it looked nicer.  Remember that when sewing with knits you'll want to use a zigzag stitch so that it will still stretch.  I didn't hem the bottom of the skirt.  This particular knit doesn't even roll up.  It just lays flat and I like raw edges.

I made it to wear low on my hips.  The waistband is big enough that the gathered skirt starts pretty low.  I like that because there's no bulk for my shirt to go over.  It hits just right.



That's it.  Now if I could get my hands on some striped knit I'd be making another skirt pronto.  I want to make one where the stripes go vertical on the waist and horizontal on the skirt.


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37 comments:

Hyla said...

I have always been afraid to sew knits. I cant seem to figure out what thread and stitch to use to allow the knit to stretch without breaking the stitch. :(

This looks so easy and cute too.

Mandy Beyeler said...

that last line is hilarious because I have a piece of striped knit sitting here and my project for today was to sew a skirt, with vertical lines and a horizontal waistline - -

Tricia said...

I love the skirt, and need to make a maternity version for myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kelly O. said...

oooh I like this!

Jennifer said...

Love, love, love it. The fullness is perfect..I am adding this to my 'to-do' list :)

The Miller Five said...

Wow! That is way cute! It looks great on you too!

Thread In Her Hair said...

What a great skirt! It looks so comfy and easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

Anne said...

Awesome skirt! Perfect for the summer weather! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-super-simple-summer-skirt-from-lightweight-jersey/2011/06/13/
(link will go live tonight)

--Anne

Kelly @ Run With Glitter said...

I love this!!!!!! I can't wait to go get some knit!

Unknown said...

Cute! Looks uber comfortable!!!!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

ooh, I love that you made it so there's no bulk because of the shirt. Great idea. And did you make your necklace? Because I love it!

Unknown said...

Super cute. I just started sewing for myself and have been looking for cute things to make. My poor Jo-Ann's list just keeps growing.

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

This is great Cheri! And looks so easy. I bought yellow knit a couple weeks ago to make a summer skirt but haven't gotten around to it yet. Hopefully this week! And if what I have in my head doesn't work, I'm so doing this!

Callie said...

Adorable!

drea :: dre of white stables said...

you're so cute...and so is your skirt!

i've been reading this blog for quite awhile, but i'm a lazy commenter and i apologize! you seem to have such a sweet spirit, and i love that you always thank your readers for stopping by. you're very thoughtful. =)

NJ said...

Very pretty! I like this a lot - I may try one for myself!

Amanda said...

I think I used the exact same fabric to make a yoga waist skirt recently...and so it looks pretty much identical. We could go out dressed twinsy....

I picked up a light blue/cream stripe knit at Joanns the other day for super cheap to make a shirt (butterick 5497 btw) but it would make a great skirt just like this :)

Mruna Mistry said...

I was at the fabric store just a couple of hours back and saw a really nice striped knit...but I put it back since I had no idea what to make from it...so now I'll buy it to make a skirt like this!

Luz and Ryan Webb said...

There is a great fabric shop that has cute knits it's in Ut. here a link to there blog http://yellowbirdfabrics.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-printed-knits.html

Jenn Girl said...

What a cute idea!

Quilted Cupcake said...

Great tutorial. I may be tempted to try this. Well done!

Siobhan said...

I love how you sound ALMOST as lazy as me! No hem, sounds perfect.

Tiffany said...

I have green striped. But not enough for a skirt for me, but for my daughter. Looks like a project for tonight.

Christy Ross said...

ok, must learn how to do a basting stitch. love.

Anna said...

totally adorable, and totally comfortable looking! hehe, we so know white legs around here, :)

Recreation Station said...

Love it, love it, love it! I can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

Steph

Karri said...

Love love love! I cant wait to try -- thanks for the tute!

banclothing said...

So easy!!! What a beautiful skirt for summer. I also seems like it would very comfortable.

Jenn said...

really cute and i've been dying to make myself some skirts too. this looks like the perfect one to make! Now to go get some cute knit. thanks for sharing.

Sarah Norman said...

Is the same design that you used to sew the skirt you have on in your header for your blog? I love it! I actually just bought some thin knit that was on clearance at Hancocks this past weekend for $1/yd. It's pale yellow and cream. Now I know what to do with it!! Thanks!

Delia said...

Love that color green. Can I ask where you bought it?

Eli & Ellie said...

Love it! I've been wanting to make a maternity skirt out of jersey for a while now, but haven't found a cute one like this! Thanks!

Sam said...

Even in Florida where we wear shorts most of the year, our legs are paler than our faces and necks. Shaving year around takes little layers of skin/color away. If your legs are still as pale in September, then we'll talk. Great skirt. Love the Gpa shirt Rex drew.

Rita said...

Very cute! I love it

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! I have this tutorial pinned, and I can't wait to make one for myself! :)

~Jess

Jeana Rock said...

I have lately seen a couple of women wearing longer versions of this skirt. You can even make it tiered. The cotton makes it nice for the summer.

Fuuhjin said...

I love it!
will buy the fabric on the fabric market on Saturday and sew it *__*
Thanks for sharing!

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