I've been wanting a polka skirt and have not been able to find one so I decided to make one myself. First I attempted a skirt with a zipper. It looked pretty good but would not fit past my thighs. Clearly I had some measuring issues.
So I made this one and it is probably the easiest skirt you could make.
All you need is fabric, elastic and a sewing machine.
First measure your elastic. I cut mine too close to my actual waist size and I wish it was tighter, so next time I'd make the elastic smaller than my waist size.
Measure your material. I didn't do any real measuring here. I just held up the material and made sure that the width fit around my waist (with a little extra to sew). And then the length was long enough with a little extra to hem.
Fold your fabric in half and sew the one side of your skirt together. This will be the back of the skirt.
Then take the top of your skirt and do a very loose stitch. I put my sewing machine on the highest stitch size. I'm sure you could do this part by hand to, just sewing wide stitches.
Take one end of the thread and pull so that your skirt ruffles.
My thread broke part way, so I just sewed what was left and pulled again.
This part doesn't have to be perfect because you are sewing over it and then pulling out any extra thread later.
Sew your elastic band together. I went back and forth a few times to make sure it was sturdy.
Line the top of your elastic up to the top of your skirt.
The elastic will flip up when you're done.
Now you have to move your gathers/ruffles around so that your skirt is even.
Pin your elastic and then sew at the top.
I had some places where my loose stitch was sticking out some so I had to cut it off in some places. This stitch doesn't matter any more since you now have the elastic sewed on.
Finally, iron and hem your skirt.
And that's it!
Hope you all had a great weekend!