The fireworks festivities are starting today and I’m going to the park near my house for food trucks, free music and some sparklers. I want to wear something comfy that will keep me cool while shielding me from mosquitoes. So I thought I’d make a quick maxi skirt for the occasion. No, it’s not red, white or blue…but I happened to find enough purple knit in my stash so that’s what I’m going with! I can save the festive colors for the actual fourth of July.
This skirt took me 20 minutes to cut and sew–amazing! If you don’t have a serger, it might take you an extra 10 or 15 minutes. Here’s the finished look.
Here’s how to make it:
Purchase about 2 yards of 60″-wide knit fabric (Or find it in your stash! The amount needed will depend on your measurements.)
Purchase a package of 1/8″- to 3/4″-wide knit elastic (I had 3/4″ on hand, but I would have preferred 1/8″.)
Find some matching thread.
Measure your hips; add 10 1/2″. Measure from your waist to the floor (or wherever you’d like the skirt to fall, plus 1/4″ for the hem). Cut a rectangle of fabric to these measurements with the greatest stretch running horizontally.
Fold the fabric in half widthwise with right sides together. Set the serger for a four-thread overlock,. Serge the short raw edges together–this is the center-back seam. If you’re not using a serger, set the machine for a stretch stitch and use a ballpoint needle.
Serge- or zigzag-finish the raw upper edge. (I used white thread so you could see it well.)
If using 3/4″-wide elastic, turn the upper edge 1″ toward the wrong side; pin. If using 1/4″-wide elastic, turn the upper edge 3/4″ toward the wrong side.If using 1/8″-wide elastic, turn the upper edge 1/4″ toward the wrong side. Stitch the elastic casing 1/8″ from the fabric raw edge, leaving a 1″ opening along the center-back seam and using a stretch stitch on the sewing machine.
Insert a safety pin through one elastic end. Thread the elastic through the casing, using the safety pin to guide it through without twisting. Overlap the elastic ends and stitch a box with an x inside for reinforcement.
Or zigzag stitch several times over the elastic layers to secure.
Push the remaining elastic into the casing; pin, and then stitch.
Trim the lower edge so it’s even but still slightly curved at the center front and back.
Turn the lower edge 1/4″ toward the wrong side; pin, and then stitch.
Here’s the finished look all styled for tonight!