I love a fun skirt, and what’s better than sewing one up quick in less than an hour only using your serger! This one is made in a faux fur that has a decorative border style selvedge edge, so a hem isn’t even necessary – and I also used elastic with some detail that acts as a waistband and gathers in the skirt to fit. See a velvet example here! Then for a more summery skirt that you can make similarly to the steps below, try this pattern.
Created by: Meg Healy, Editor & Lead Educator of BurdaStyle.com
- 1 – 1 ½ yds textured fabric with an aesthetic selvedge edge
- 1 – 2 yds of 1” wide decorative elastic
- Measuring tape
- Scissors or cutting mat and rotary cutter
- Lay out your fabric so the right side is facing upwards on your cutting table.
- Measure your hip circumference and add 5”. Then mark this measurement along your fabric parallel to the selvedge edge. Make a few other markings this same distance above the selvedge edge.
- Determine the length of your skirt by measuring from your natural waistline to where you want the finished hem of your skirt to lay. Mark this distance from the bottom of the FINISHED selvedge edge of your fabric going upward. Make a few other markings this same distance away on your fabric so you start seeing a formed rectangle on your fabric.
- Cut out your fabric along the markings and you should have a rectangle that is the width of your hip circumference + 5” and the length of your desired skirt. For this project my rectangle was 43” wide and 21” long. The rectangle should also have one finished edge – being your selvedge.
- Fold your rectangle in half widthwise to match up the center back seam of the your skirt. Pin.
- Starting at the selvedge hem of the seam, serge together using a 4 thread serger. When you start your serging seam, sew about 1” and then lift up the foot of your serger and wrap the serger tail into the seam under the cutter and lower your foot. Continue serging the seam. This prevents the already finished hem edge from unraveling at the seam.
- Wrap the elastic around your waist and determine a comfortable tightness, then serge together the ends creating a circle. Repeat wrapping the serging tails into the seam to prevent unraveling.
- The seam in your elastic and skirt represents the center back, and now locate the center fronts of both and pin elastic to the waistline matching up these points. Note: the elastic will be smaller than the edge, but matching up these points will make sure there is an even stretch in the elastic from front to back.
- Start serging your elastic at the center back and stretch the elastic while you serge so it matches the top of the skirt. You will be serging in a circle, and make sure to take out those pins as you serge!