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How to sew a skirt with elastic waistband

How to sew a skirt with elastic waistband

Need to learn how to sew a skirt with an elastic waistband? It’s quite a simple quest. You can learn it in a couple of hours if you already have everything required for sewing. Check out the instructions below and in several hours you will have a perfect skirt of practically any style.

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How to sew a skirt easily: things to know before you start

Sewing a skirt with an elastic waistband is quite easy and any beginner can handle it. It’s interesting that you can choose practically any style, from a pencil skirt to a long wide one. One of the first matters to settle is the desired style of the skirt and the material you have. It will determine a lot of things right from the very beginning.

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The main measurement for the best fitting of the skirt is the hips. This measurement will determine the amount of fabric you will need, depending on the style. To this, you should add 1 to 1.5cm for seam and a couple of centimeters for free movement if the style is narrow.

How to sew a pencil skirt with elastic waistband

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You will need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric as wide as ½ of your hips girth (plus several centimeters for seams and freedom of movement) and as long as you want it to be (plus several centimeters for the belt and hem)
  • An elastic band

You can use any fabric but the best ones will be light polyester materials.

If you are doing it for the first time, don’t hurry and measure everything very carefully. When you are sure all the measurements are correct, start drawing on the fabric. The shape is a simple rectangle. Make sure you draw on the inner side.

Now, it’s time to sew the sides together Iron the insides towards the rear side of the skirt. Process the top and bottom edges with the help of an overlock or a zigzag stitch of the sewing machine.

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Remember how much you planned to spend on the formation of the waistband, fold back and sew down. Leave a hole to pass through the elastic band. You can choose the band of any width but you should remember that it means quite a lot.

If the fabric of the skirt is quite heavy, you will need a wider ban that will be able to hold the weight of the material. On the other hand, a wide band will fold during the washing and in the process of wearing. Give attention to the width of the elastic band in advance.

Use a big safety pin to pass the elastic band through the fold, measure the necessary width and sew down the ends. This is how the belt part is made. You can add a decorative cord to the waistline to mask the elastic band and add details.

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Fold down the hemline, iron it thoroughly and sew with either the help of a machine or by hand using slip stitch.

It’s also possible to create a pencil skirt with an elastic waistband using one piece of fabric (as wide as your hip girth plus seam allowances) and make only one seam in the rear part.

How to sew an A-shaped skirt with an elastic waistband

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You will need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric as wide as ½ of your hips girth (plus several centimeters for seams and freemovement) and as long as you want it to be (plus several centimeters for the belt and hem)
  • An elastic band

The difference is in the shape of the details. Instead of being rectangular, they should be slightly bell-like towards the bottom. The upper part is of the same width – ½ of your hip girth plus seam allowances and several centimeters for the freedom of movement.

The process of the creation of such a skirt is the same. Sewing sides, folding down the waistline and passing through it the elastic band. If you are making a skirt of this type, you can choose a fabric that has a decorative hem already. There will be no need to process the bottom edge and the time you spend on the creation of the skirt will be reduced to only a couple of hours.

How to sew a wide skirt with elastic waistband

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It’s very easy and very variable. You can make your skirt long or short, as you wish. The wider you want the skirt to be, the wider its parts need to be. If you want very voluminous folds, the width of the details should be equal to two desired lengths of the skirt.

You will need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric as wide and as long as you want it to be (plus several centimeters for the belt and hem)
  • An elastic band

You can make the skirt literally as voluminous and wide as you wish. However, there are several things to remember, which may limit you a little. First, the folding at the waistline will be quite voluminous, too.

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Second, the weight of the fabric can be quite big and the elastic band will not be able to hold it in place and proper shape. Still, if you choose a very thin fabric like silk or chiffon, these problems are unlikely to appear.

The process of making is the same, again, with just sewing the sides, folding down the waistline, passing through the elastic band, and hemming the bottom.

How to sew a half-circle skirt with an elastic waistband

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Here you will need a paper pattern, which will help you create the necessary shape. Take a big sheet of paper (or several sheets of paper pinned together) with the top right corner forming a right angle. The R in the picture equates to ½ of your hip girth (with all the seam allowances) and the R1 equates to R + the desirable length of the skirt (not necessarily 41cm as in the picture).

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Create two parts of the skirt with the help of the pattern and collect the skirt in the same manner with the previous ones. Sew the sides first and then process the waistline and the hem.

It’s recommended to choose fabrics that create beautiful folds like silk, chiffon or soft Ankara.

Now you know literally how to sew a skirt in two hours. With enough imagination and different fabrics, you can create a range of lovely and comfortable skirts for practically all occasions in no time and with little effort. Look through fashion magazines for inspiration and create any skirt you want in a simple and quick way.

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