So I bought a child’s dinosaur duvet cover…and it was only available in a single cover because children are small and get all the good stuff. My intention was also to make something from it (tip: duvet covers are a good source of fabric, especially second hand double ones where you get lots of fabric for small moneys).
I decided to make a simple skirt with an elasticated waist- no messing with zips (my arch nemesis). To make it more interesting I made it a tier skirt; I made it with three layers.
To do likewise you first need a few measurements:
- Your waist (at the point you want the skirt to sit, usually just above your hip)
- Your hips (your widest point) +10-20cm depending on how much wiggle room you want!
- The length of the skirt (from the point you measure your waist down to where you want the skirt to stop)
- The length of the layers (optional, I started off with each layer 10cm longer than the last but changed it to 7cm when I was sewing because I thought it looked better)
- When you cut out your fabric you need to add some seam allowance too- at least 1cm for seams and 3 for hems
My waist is 74cm, my hips are 104cm, and I wanted the skirt to be 50cm. So I cut one piece of fabric 76cm x 120cm x 55cm. One piece was 76cm x 120cm x 48cm, and the last was 76cm x 120cm x 39cm.
You need enough fabric to cut out these layers (or as many layers as you want) they can the same pattern or a mix and match. You also need some elastic 1.5inches wide and the same length as your waist measurement.
The first thing you should do is hem the fabric- this is usually the last step but it is much easier to hem a straight line than a circle so you should do it first.*
Then take a long strip of fabric which is as long as your skirt is wide (so for me that was 120cm as that was my widest measurement plus some extra), and the strip should be more than 3 1/4 inches wide so that it comfortably folds over the elastic. But don’t actually put the elastic in yet. Then fold the fabric in half longways and baste along the long edge, I use a long lose running stitch on my machine. This is the waistband.
I lay the three layers of my skirt on top of each other and made sure they lined up and pinned them together. Then I folded the skirt in half (right sides together) and sewed the pieces together. The turn right sides out- it should be a big tube of fabric now, sort of skirt like.
Sew the skirt and the waistband right sides together- find the center point of it and match it to the center of the front of the skirt and pin it in place. Then sew slightly outside of the basting stitch. Leave the ends of the waistband open so you can feed the elastic through.
Then sew the ends of the elastic together and try it on before sewing closed the hole in the waistband. Then you too can have a silly dinosaur tier skirt!
*I am a bit bossy in this post/always…