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Whip Up a Super-Simple Tucked Skirt

comments (8) August 16th, 2011     

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No pattern is necessary to make this flirty, floaty skirt.
Our skirt’s length from the bottom of the waistband is 20 1/2 inches.
No pattern is necessary to make this flirty, floaty skirt.

No pattern is necessary to make this flirty, floaty skirt.

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In SewStylish Fall 2011 (on newsstands now), the article "Serge So Fine" explains an easy technique to create tucks in fabric with your serger’s rolled-hem stitch.

Here's a super easy way to turn that tucked fabric into a sweet garment - no pattern required! This skirt is made from rectangles sewn to a fabric-covered elastic waistband.

You’ll need to serge tucks according to the technique described in the article on at least 2 yards of 60-inch wide, light-weight fabric. You’ll also need a length of 1-inch-wide non-roll elastic. You can sew the skirt together on your serger or on a regular sewing machine.

Cut the Skirt Pieces

1) Measure your hip circumference and add 20 inches. Divide the total in half. Cut two panels of the tucked fabric on the cross-grain to this width and as long on the straight-grain as you want the finished skirt to be. The skirt shown is 20 1/2 inches from the waistband's lower edge to the hem.

Cut a rectangle of untucked fabric 2 3/4 inches wide and as long as the total width of the tucked panels, minus 2 inches for the skirt's side seam allowances. This is the waistband piece.

3) Measure your natural waist. Add 2 inches and cut a piece of elastic this length.

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Comments (8)

JAvery writes: This skirt reminds me of a bad thrift store find. I can't imagine it looking flattering on anyone...
Posted: 9:31 pm on September 8th
craftybegonia writes: Very cute!
Posted: 7:41 pm on August 30th
Mernick4 writes: This skirt would be ok for a child or a very thin woman, but too bulky for me. Sheer lightweight may not be as bulky either. I use this technique on pillow case facing. : )

Yes you can do all of this with a regular straght stitch without a serger. And yes, the elastic needs to be tighter than the waist. Skirts can be made to measurements if you use knit fabric, use exact measurements because the fabric gives. If you use women fabric add 2-4 inches to the hip meausrement for ease for bending, sitting, etc. Once you get the hang of that, curve the hip a bit and take out some of the belly bulk..even add your own darts..... then do the same thing and start adding zippers. No patterns necessary.
Posted: 11:10 am on August 29th
sandysewin writes: I'm sorry, but this skirt just looks "yeck" to me. Way too bulky around the waist and hips.

The tucks could be really cute and even slimming, but they would have to have a different waist treatment. Perhaps a sewn-on waistband of untucked fabric would do the trick.

I've never done tucks on my serger, though. I'll have to try it. Thanks for always giving us new ideas and challenging our thinking.
Posted: 6:29 pm on August 27th
Mer_maid writes: Would the same process apply to non-tucked fabric? I agree that this would be too bulky for me, but I love the idea of a garment made to my measurements without a storebought pattern.
Posted: 9:30 am on August 27th
imacook writes: This treatment is sooo simple, but the finished look adds bulk around the waist and hips. The illustrations are sorta mushy for how-to. Without a serger, the seaming can be done with other stitches usually embedded in a regular sewing machine.
Posted: 9:00 am on August 27th
shelba writes: In reviewing the instructions, there seems to be an error. It states that the waistband should be cut 2 inches smaller than your waist--which would make the skirt too small, and the elastic should be cut 2 inches larger than your waist, which would cause the skirt to fall off, even after seam allowance.
I believe a person would be more satisfied if their waistband was 2 inches larger than their waist, which would allow for seams and some gentle gathering from elastic that was 2-4 inches smaller than the waist. If the elastic is not stretched, it will not hold up the fabric.
Posted: 7:57 am on August 27th
trudy5115 writes: Why not show the 'simple technique' here in case we didn't see the article and can't get the magazine? It's a very cute--and maybe easy idea--but I don't know how to use the rolled hem feature on my serger (at least not properly). One or two more of the first steps would be extremely helpful. It would be cute for all ages.
Posted: 11:41 pm on August 26th
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