Jersey Maxi Skirt
- Stretch cotton/knit 4-way fabric, 2 yds.
- Elastic, 1-1/2”-wide, 1 yd.
- Coordinating-color thread
scissors, measuring tape
- Sewing machine
- 1. All seam allowances are 1/2”. Pattern is designed to give customized fit. Take good measurements of body. Also, use stitch designed for knits. Most sewing machines have stitch used for knits, or use serger.
- 1. Measure natural waist line. Measure natural waist to area you would like skirt hem to fall. See Measurement Diagrams for measuring and cutting fabric. Lay out fabric on flat surface so that stretchiest part of fabric is running side to side. Sew elastic waist together by overlapping ends 1/2”. Pin and zigzag stitch several times to secure.
- 2. Take waistband and stitch ends with right sides together. Fold waistband over elastic so right side of fabric is showing; secure selvages with pins. Stitch along edge of elastic careful to not stitch into elastic.
- 3. Take skirt rectangle and stitch back seam up. Take skirt rectangle and gather top edge with gathering foot or by stitching two parallel baste stitches across top. Pull bottom threads gently to gather.
- 4. Pin waistband on gathered edge of skirt so right sides are together and selvages match. Spread gathers out evenly. Sew using 1/2” seam allowance. Fold selvage down and stitch on outside of skirt 1/4” from waistband edge. (Note: This will hold selvages down and give skirt finished look.)
- 5. To finish hem, put skirt on and double-check measurements. Mark desired hemline with pin. Fold over selvage to pin mark; sew two parallel straight stitches.
by April Moffatt