Easy Elastic waistband skirt tutorial

Here is a really easy, quick skirt that you can make in less than an hour. All you need is a metre of fabric and a metre of thick elastic. I used some of our lovely Regents Street Lawn, it is not too thick so it drapes beautifully. The lush pink elastic is a new addition to the website and I can already see myself using it in all sorts of projects.

Regents Street Lawn

Wrap the elastic around your waist add 5cm to the length and cut it, sew the two ends together with a 5cm seam allowance, press open and top stitch each seam down.

Lush Pink Elastic

Fold the fabric in half and cut it, place the two pieces together with right sides facing each other sew these seams using a 5cm seam allowance, you should now have a tube.

Using a loose straight stitch do two rows of sewing around the top of the tube leaving long tails of thread. This is to gather the fabric until the skirt is the same size as the elastic

gathering

So pull the tails of thread until the skirt top is the same size as the elastic waistband.

Gatherings

Put your skirt and elastic together with the wrong side of the elastic facing the right side of the fabric,Attaching the Lush pink elasticuse a zig-zag stitch to attach the elastic to the fabric, sewing close to the edge of the elastic will give a neat finish and use a thread to match the elastic.

Sewing lush pink elastic

All you need to do now is the hem!

vintage outfit

I have finally finished my vintage style cardigan which I shall talk about in another post, but it looks so lovely with my new skirt don’t you think? It is such a quick and easy make that will make a great present.

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Thurlow shorts and W.I.P

This week we had some lovely Amy Butler babycord fabric delivered, it is velvety soft and as soon as I saw it I knew I needed to make something straight away!

The weather has been so lovely for the past couple of weeks and I had been promising myself a pair of Thurlow shorts so this seemed the ideal opportunity to make some!

Soul Blossom Thurlow shortsI found the LLadybird Thurlow sew-along a great help for making these, particularly for the pockets and zipper, I used one of our gorgeous everyday cotton spotty fabrics for the pocket and waistband lining and one of the button’s from The Button Museum in Ross-on Wye that a friend recently gave to me.

cordshortsI love all three of these corduroys so I am thinking of making a couple of skirts next! A Colette Ginger perhaps? Or if I can wait a week we are getting the Tilly and the Buttons patterns in and I could make a Miette Skirt! Watch this space!

My other W.I.P is a gorgeous Chickadee cardigan from Little Red in the City, its knitted in one piece which means you can try it on for size as you are going along, I have got quite a lot of it done but unfortunately I am now suffering from tennis elbow and knitting is just too painful so I have had to put it aside for about a month while my arm recovers!

Has anyone else had to stop sewing or knitting due to injury? Mr LLM is saying that I have knitters elbow as I have not been near a tennis racket for years! The nearest I am getting to Tennis at the moment is watching Wimbledon!Chickadee cardigan WIPThe wool I am using is from the National Museum of Wales, Woollen Museum, I love the vintage style colours that they have used to dye this beautiful yarn. Perhaps I will get it finished in time for the Autumn and cooler weather.

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My latest knitting project

My latest knitting project is going to take me forever! It’s a long Aran cardigan for my daughter, this is the back and it is only half the length it needs to be!

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The back is moss stitch which is fairly easy, the front will involve cable stitches so I will really have to concentrate so no TV with subtitles!

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Here is my lovely daughter modelling something I knitted for her earlier in the year

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