What you'll need:
1 yard of 58 inch width knit fabric
This skirt is pretty simple to sew and should work for hip sizes up to about 50 inches. The smaller the hip size, the closer the gathers will be. I hope my tutorial explain the process well enough. This skirt can easily be completed within a couple of hours.
I love that this skirt can be worn at the waist or just above the hips and that it has absolutely no elastic band! The stretch of the knit is enough to make an extremely comfortable waistband!
Start by measuring around the narrowest point of your waist and the widest part of your hips. Write down your measurements.
1. Measure 12 inches down on fold. (This is the height of your waistband). Divide your waist measurement by 2. Measure across from fold. (This is the width of your waistband). Cut.
2. With right sides together, sew up the end opposite the fold.
5. Cut 12inch section remaining from cutting out waistband from the remaining fabric so you have a straight edge again. Save for scraps.
6. With right sides together, a sew remaining portion of fabric together on selvage edges. I zigzag stitched my edges here after straight stitching for a little extra security in the seam.
7. Thread a hand sewing needle with a length of thread about 4 inches more than your waist measurement. Tie the thread about a 1/2 inch from raw edge and as close to the seam as you can get it. (You will want to do this on the end of your skirt that has the more uneven corners at the seam since you won't be hemming the bottom.)
8. Gather the edges by making basting stitches between 1/4 and 1/2 inch long around the entire top of the skirt.
9. Divide your hip measurement by 2. Before your tie off the other end of your thread, lay skirt flat and pull thread until the width matches this measurement. Hello!
10. Tie off thread securely and then straight stitch around with your machine to secure the gathers, evenly distributing them as you go.
11. Fold waistband over, wrong sides together.
12. Place waist band inside of skirt, with the wrong side of your skirt facing out. Stretch waistband to fit skirt and pin in place.
13. Stretch while sewing to match up all three raw edges. Zigzag stitch around.
Enjoy your new skirt!
I guess I got a little lazy with the picture taking for steps 11 and 12. Oops!
As always, feel free to comment or email me (thewizardofoddsandends (at) gmail (dot) com) with any questions about the tutorial and I will do my best to clarify any areas that seem confusing. I would love to see your skirt if you make one!! @wizofoddsnends on twitter and @thewizardofoddsandends on IG.