Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: DIY Maternity Skirt

Now that I am expecting number two, I have the perfect excess to sew some new clothes. (As if an excess is needed!) I modeled these two skirts after several non-maternity skirts I own. They were quick and easy to whip up and I am thinking there will be more in the future.

1 yd (give or take) main skirt fabric
1/4 yd knit fabric for waist band
elastic (approximately your waist measurement)

1. Begin by tracing off a skirt that you already own. A slight a-line works best. Make sure to allow for gathering at the top. I also like to make the center of the pattern a bit longer than the sides.

2. Use this pattern to cut two pieces, front and back, from main skirt fabric.
3. Cut your knit piece into a rectangle that measures 8 inches by your waist measurement.
4. Edge finish all around the two main skirt pieces.
5. Stitch front to back at side seams.
6. Stitch two gathering rows along the top of the skirt. (I like to sew two for the front and two separate for the back. This allows me to more evenly distribute the gathering.)
7. Stitch knit piece together along short sides.
8. Stitch elastic together into a circle.
9. Fold the knit piece in half with wrong sides together. Insert elastic into knit waistband. Push it to the top of of the fold. Edge finish the bottom of waistband.
10. With seam down the back, mark each side of the waistband to show front and back. Gather skirt and evenly distribute along the front and back of the waistband. Pin skirt to waistband with right sides together.
11. Stitch skirt to waistband.
12. Fold up bottom to hem. I hemmed it to just above me knees. Since the grey skirt is all knit, I decided to try out my serger's rolled hem stitch. I was very happy with the results.

And you are done!!

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Karima said...

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Anonymous said...

Hello little niecaphew!
Auntie YA

Emilee said...

saw your link on tip junkie! What a great skirt! and so easy to make too! I'm expecting number 2 as well may have to give this a try!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

How cute are you? Love the skirts. I'm not expecting, but I think I'd like a skirt like this all the same.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

aw these are so cute!!! I love the fabric. they look super comfy too!!

I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-whims-wednesday-2-and-features.html

April said...

Really nice job! I wish I had been sewing when I was pregnant! I always had the hardest time finding materinty clothes that fit me! I would love for you to come link up to my Sew Crafty Party !

Rebekah said...


Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Love your fabric choices!

Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday! Hope to see you back this week...

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