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simple a-line skirt

I’ve been very busy crafting this week, but most of it isn’t quite ready to show off yet. But I’m feeling proud of myself, because I made a new skirt from scratch in an evening, and without a pattern:

A-line skirt with elasticated waist

It was really easy – I just traced around an existing skirt, added seam allowance, cut the fabric (I used 100% cotton) on the bias, sewed the sides together, and then sewed a loop of elastic in at the top and hemmed the bottom. The elastic waist gathers the fabric around the top, and you can just pull the skirt on and off.

I decided that I wanted the gathers around the waist to be perfectly even, so I stretched the elastic to the same width as the fabric and then sewed them together. Then I had to stretch it all out again so I could sew down the waistband to hide the elastic. With hindsight, I’ve thought of a much simpler method that will look just about the same and take a fraction of the time.

I’m going to make another skirt with my simpler method – it’s a really cute simple summery skirt and it would work with pretty much any kind of fabric. Would anyone be interested in a tutorial?


  1. June said

    Oops, well as you can see from my comment above, I absolutely intended to make another skirt and the tutorial in early summer, but I was just too busy! And now it’s cold and wet October, it just doesn’t feel right to make a summer skirt 🙁

    I *do* still plan to do the tutorial when I have a little more time… So that means not in the next couple of months, at the very least – I’m swamped at the moment. How does next spring sound?

  2. Rose Murphy said


    Are you still offering a tutorial on this? If so, I would love to have one.

    Thank you,


  3. Crystal said

    Love the skirt!! I would love to have the tutorial. Thanks!!

    • June said

      I’m glad there’s still some interest in this skirt – it’s such a quick and easy project! I’ll be needing another skirt soon, so I’ll make the tutorial at the same time – hopefully in the next few weeks…

  4. martha said

    What a lovely skirt! I’d love to have the tutorial too! I’m not quite sure how I would go about cutting the fabric on the bias…Looking forward to learning! Thanks so much!

  5. Diane said

    This looks great, easy (hopefully) and doesn’t take too much time. Please send me the tutorial, I would appreciate it.


  6. Renee said

    I love it! I look at fabric all the time, not so talented to try it on my own. I would love a tutorial when you have the time!

    Thanks for sharing

  7. Very nice, and great idea to sew elastic and fabric together! I think I will try soon. Thank you.

    Have a nice day.

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