Sewing Idea no. 11 - The Versatile Skater Skirt
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Sewing Idea no. 11 - The Versatile Skater Skirt

Sewing Idea: The Skater Skirt

Sewing Idea: The Skater Skirt

Fashion trends truly have their way of coming back, don't they? One of the things that I am recently obsessing on lately are skater skirts. They look really preppy now, but I also remember the time when I'd used to hate my mom for making me wear such uncool skirt. Well, what's uncool back then can be the most sought after trend now, and skater skirt's definitely one of them.

Since I am into sewing of late, I decided to start creating skater skirts of different prints for my own collection. I imagine I should've started sewing them over summer but I'm pretty sure they'll still have a space in my closet for fall. They will make such pretty layers for leggings, as I can already imagine. After my first few attempts with sewing my own skater skirt, I am now more confident to share with you these sewing ideas:

Items Checklist:

- Your trusted sewing machine

- Waistband (I prefer to use waistbands for skirts and shorts)


- Elastic fabric at least 1 yard

- measuring tape

- sewing thread

- Sewing pattern (optional)

In my many sewing attempts for skater skirts, I did not use any sewing pattern anymore. Instead, I used the vintage skirts my mom has kept, and included my own variations to it. If you are more comfortable using a sewing a pattern then that is completely fine.

First step is to circle the fabric around your waist. In cutting for the final measurement, I suggest leaving few inches allowance for the necessary folds. Determine your waist radium and start marking it ofr later's sewing. After determining your waist radius, divide the final fabric cut into four. Another cut will be for the skirt length, so all you have to fo is determine how long you want your skirt to be. Remember to put extra inch to your desired length to save room for the waistband. After this, you can start measuring the waistband. This is just basically your waist's radius plus 1.5 to 2 inches.

Once all the measurements are set and marked, you can now proceed to the exciting part... the cutting!

Having alredy marked the waistband, cutting out the perfect circle should be easier.

After the cutting, your skirt should look like this:

Make Your Own Skirt

As beginners, this can be hard to achieve the first time, and you don't have to sweat too much about it. Any discrepancy in the radius can be easily remedied once you start attaching the waistband.

Hemming the waistband is will be the biggest challenge that you will encounter for this sewing project. You can use pins to secure the placement of waistband. Make sure to put this in the inner circle and use the fabric allowance to seam it all together. Once you have succeeded in this step, the rest will just be a breeze, especially because we didn't use any zipper for this sewing project. The only thing left is to sew the bottoms of the skirt, then flaunt it!


Kathy is fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing her own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives her another avenue to express her experiences and learning in her sewing journey.

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