DIY Gathered Skirt

Hello dearies!  I found this lovely lavender jersey a while back but I hadn’t found the time to do anything with it until this week.  Since I’m on spring break, I’ve had plenty of time to work a bunch of little projects I’ve wanted to do.  I decided to make an adorable high waisted ruched skirt out of this fabric, and it turned out absolutely lovely!Image

This is the light jersey fabric I got.  I bought about a metre.


So I started out by making a pattern for the skirt part.  I just used a bristol board, and then traced it onto some tissue paper, which I pinned to the fabric when I cut.  It was easy enough.  So first I had to take my measurements, which I’ve displayed on the picture below.  (It’s length is 25″.)ImageSo after I cut two of this piece, I basted the edges together.  I did it by hand, but it’s definitely possible to do it using the machine as well.  In fact, it’s probably easier to baste on the machine, but mine doesn’t do it very well, so I just chose to save myself the hassle and do it by hand.  After I basted the edges, I pulled the ends of the threads to create the ruched effect.  I kept going until my skirt was about half the length it originally was.  After this came the tricky part.  I had to sew the edges and keep the ruffles in place.  I’ll admit it took me a couple tries and a LOT of tweaking before it finally looked right.  So my suggestion to you is really push those folds together and push them right into the needle.  I found that if I didn’t keep holding the folds together until they were literally right under the needle, they flattened out and then I had to go over them again.  ImageThis is what the skirt looked like after I pulled the threads to create the gathers.

So, see where the fabric folds and gathers along the edges?  Just hold those together and push them right through the machine to keep them from flattening out when sewing the edges together.

Anyway, after sewing the two sides, I turned the skirt right side out and it was time to sew the waistband in place.  For the waist band, I cut a long rectangle that was the width of my waist and 6″ in length.  I then folded it in half so it was 3″ x 27″ and then I folded it again so it was half the width and I had a big circle.  I sewed the two 3″ sides together so I had my waistband.  I then sewed the bottom of the waist band to the top of my skirt.Image

Sewing the waistband on.

This way when I flip up the waist band, everything is the right side out and it all looks nice and neat.

ImageI really like this skirt, because it’s going to be perfect for springtime.  The colour is absolutely lovely, and it’s one of those skirts that hides all those unwanted bumps and lumps thanks to the gathers in the fabric.  It really smooths everything out, but defines all the right places, due to the stretchy fabric.  And it’s great because I can adjust the gathers make it longer or shorter depending on where I’m going.  I’m very happy with my little project.

Hope this inspires more fashionistas out there to start sewing and be creative!