How to Sew a Skirt That Fits Without a Pattern

    by LaurenKrotosky

    A handmade skirt can be a thrifty way to get an outfit you can't find in stores, making it unique to you. If you don't want to bother with a sewing pattern, which is typically used to ensure the clothing fits after sewing, you can still make a fashionable skirt that is sure to fit. Creating an elastic waist means you'll be able to get the skirt on and off without having to take careful measurements.

    Things You'll Need

    • Fabric
    • Scissors
    • Elastic
    • Safety Pin
    • Sewing machine
    • Thread

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    Wrap a piece of fabric around your waist, pinching the fabric at the spot where the fabric fits well. Cut the fabric at this spot, plus three inches, so you have a panel of fabric to work with.

    Fold over the bottom edge of the fabric a 1/2-inch and sew down on the sewing machine, making a smooth hem for the bottom of the skirt.

    Fold over the top edge of the fabric two inches. Fold an additional half-inch under and stitch the edge to make a casing.

    Wrap the elastic around your waist. Add an extra two inches for comfort and seams and cut. Push the elastic through the casing at the top of the skirt. Use a safety pin to help if necessary.

    Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, so the two side edges are lined up. Sew the sides of the fabric together making a tube of material. Stitch over the ends of the elastic to hold it in place. Turn it inside out so the rough edge of the seam is on the inside.

    Hem the skirt to the desired length.

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