Skirt in a Jiffy!

Skirt in a Jiffy!

This dress I found for $14 at a consignment store.  VERY comfy stretch cotton material, but I am not a Petite Medium.

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I loved the material and the print on the fabric, so I tried it on.  The skirt portion of the dress fit me just fine without needing any alteration, so I knew I could easily transform the dress into a skirt I would enjoy wearing!

I began by cutting off the top portion of the dress.

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Then, I determined the length I wanted the skirt to be, and measured and cut where needed.

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I had decided I would use the 2 inch wide elastic they sell at fabric stores for my waistband, but I did NOT want to have the white elastic as the top of my skirt.  I did not have enough fabric to completely cover the elastic, but I had enough to cover the FRONT side.  To do this, I used the top part of the skirt you see above, which  I had cut off.

I cut the piece open at one side seam, straightened up the seams so that I had a straight, flat length of the material.  I cut my elastic 2 inches smaller than the circumference of my waist.  This is the common rule of thumb for a comfortable elastic waistband.   I then wrapped my piece of fabric around one side of the elastic, as you can see below.

Front side . . .

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Back side . . .

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Then, I set my sewing machine on the “stretch” stitch, which on my machine looks like a lightening bolt.  This stitch provides the stretch needed for use on elastic.  If your machine does not have this type of stitch, your best bet is to use a zig-zag stitch set on the narrowest width (.5).  I sewed the fabric to the elastic using this stitch.  The tricky part here was to pin VERY frequently so that the stretchy fabric would not stretch and cause pleats as I sewed along. (I tested this using some extra fabric and extra elastic before trying on my project!)

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Here’s what it looked like after sewing both sides of the elastic . . .

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Turning the elastic over, I then trimmed the excess fabric next to my stitching lines in order to make it look neater.

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My waistband looked like this on the back side . . .

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Next, I put right sides together of the ends of my elastic, and sewed a seam.

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The next step involved marking both the waistband AND the top of the skirt in 4 even sections.  To do this on the skirt, I measured halfway between each side seam and marked with pins.  For the elastic, I also marked with pins at 4 equal sections.  Note:  The skirt is LARGER than the waistband.

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Pinning the waistband to the skirt (with right sides together), I needed to stretch the elastic waistband to fit the skirt.  Pinning frequently, I attached the two pieces.

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Lastly, I used my serger to sew my skirt to the waistband.  (But you can use a regular machine on a very narrow zig-zag stitch, or you can use a “stretch” stitch if your machine has one.)  When stitching, it is necessary to stretch the waistband as you sew, since the waistband is smaller than the circumference of the skirt.

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Then, I ironed my skirt, and this is what it looked like.

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Ready for wearing, stretchy, and VERY comfortable!!!!!

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Quick, Cute, Cheap and Comfortable . . . who can hate that????

Happy Making,

Molly 🙂

2 thoughts on “Skirt in a Jiffy!

    1. I know that word “finished” means something VERY special to you!!!! As you can see, I tend to keep my projects short so I can complete them quickly, and also so there are not TOO many steps to need to explain in the blog post. Hopefully this way I can inspire people to pick up projects and complete them as well!

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