Easy DIY Gathered Skirt


My last post was about DIY circle skirts, so I figured I would keep with super simple skirt theme. Gathered skirts may even be a little easier to make, and for sure take up less fabric (since you don’t have all of the waste). The best part is that they are totally versatile and by making them yourself you can decide how long or short you want it, how stiff or flowy it should be, and where it sits on you (I personally LOVE high-waisted… it is basically my uniform).

All you need for this project is fabric (we will cover measurments/how much fabric in the first step), a zipper (I personally prefer a 7″ invisible zipper… but you are the designer so use what you want), , 3/4″ elastic,¬†matching thread and a sewing machine.

1. Start by measuring yourself. You need three key measurements, the hip (or widest part the skirt will cover), your waist (where you want the skirt to sit) and the length. Plug those measurements into the sketches above and cut everything out.

2. Sew the side seams and finish the edges. Make sure to stop the seam on one side to fit the zipper!

3. Hem it.

4. Fold  the waistband in half with the face out.

5. Gather the skirt onto the waistband with the skirt body right side out and all raw edges together- finish those edges after you are done :)

6. Feed the elastic through the waistband.

7. Add the zipper!

done! now make a ton and fill your closet :)

About tate

I love the smell of freshly pressed muslin, am a huge fan of any form of potato and always judge a book by it's cover

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3 Responses to Easy DIY Gathered Skirt

  1. Mama Picture This May 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    I really don’t sew any more (no machine) but these are super cute. Thanks for sharing how it’s done.

  2. Rachel May 23, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Tate- just found your blog on the pdxbloggers master list page! Your ideas are so great. Can’t wait to read through them all.

    Lovely blog!

  3. tate May 23, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    thanks Rachel! hope to run into you at a Portland Blogger meet-up some time!

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