If you haven’t noticed, I have been spending time on the Moo Skirt the last couple of weeks. First I made a matching Doll pattern (free), then I came up with another option for the trim, now I’ve adapted it to ladies sizes! Well my size at least so far. I was planning on sewing a few up and showing you pretty pictures of them, but life happened and I only got a couple sewn up so I figured I would do something even better. I’m going to share the pattern with you! It’s for a ladies size large:
Click here to download the pattern –>Simple Skirt Pattern – The Sewing Geek – Once I grade the pattern out and test it, I’ll come back here and update the file if I make any changes to this size.
This is a skirt with a comfortable elastic waistband designed to sit at your lower waist. I gave it a bit of an A-line shape for a more flattering silhouette and added a lining. I sewed one up in quilting cotton for the tutorial pictures. However, I recommend a fabric with better drape. I knew it would look better in a nicer fabric, but I’m trying to go through my stash of quilting cotton to make room for some nicer apparel fabrics. I also sewed one up in knit (the red one above) and it is awesome. It’s comfortable enough to sleep in but pretty enough to wear out. As a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl, that’s my kind of skirt.
You will need:
- Basic sewing necessities
- Fabric: Main fashion fabric, lining fabric, and fabric for the trim
- Matching or coordinating thread
- 1 yard (1 m) of 1″ (2.5 cm) non-roll elastic
Once you get the pattern printed out (print at actual size with auto portrait/landscape checked) you are ready to tape it together. I was able to squeeze the pattern onto 9 pages (adult patterns are so big!) in a 3 by 3 grid. The columns are labeled by number (1-3) and the rows are labeled by letter (A-C) to make it easy for you to tape it together. Just trim the overlapping edges, line everything up by overlapping the black squares and tape or glue it together! An image of what the pattern looks like all taped together is below.
There are two options for the pattern so far. A skirt with a pleated trim and a skirt with a regular flat hem band. Make sure to cut out the correct pattern piece for whichever trim option you are sewing. Cut out your fabric and let’s get started! Use a 1/2″ (1.3 cm) seam allowance unless other wise noted. Lay one main skirt panel on top of the other, right sides together. Pin one side together and sew. Finish and press the seams to one side. Repeat on the other side.
Sew the lining together the same exact way you sewed the main skirt together.
Hemming the Lining
Press the bottom edge of the lining 1/4″ (0.6 cm) to the wrong side all the way around the bottom of the lining. The press it 1/4″ (0.6 cm) to the wrong side again and sew it from the right side a scant 1/8″ (0.3 cm) in from the edge so your stitches catch near the edge of the fold underneath.
Assembling and Attaching the Trim
If you are sewing the pleated option, hop on over to my pleated trim tutorial real quick to see how to sew it. If you are sewing a regular flat hem band, keep on reading.
Fold the trim pieces in half lengthwise (like a hot dog) with the wrong sides together and right sides facing out. Press the fold.
Unfold the trim pieces and lay them on top of each other, right sides together. Sew them together at both short ends.
Press the seams open and refold the trim tube along the first line you pressed so the wrong sides are together and the seams are sandwiched inside.
Turn the main skirt right side out. Insert the skirt inside the trim tube so all of the raw edges are aligned. Starting at the side seams, pin the trim to the skirt, lining up the raw edges. Make sure you are only pinning three layers of fabric at once. Using a 1/2” (1.3 cm) seam allowance, sew the trim to the main skirt all the way around the bottom of the skirt.
Press the seam up towards the skirt. Turn the skirt right side out and top stitch 1/8” (0.3 cm) above the seam all the way around the skirt.
Now, with the main skirt right side out, and the lining inside out, insert the skirt into the lining so they are right sides together. Line the raw edges up at at the waist and pin in place. Sew together all the way around the skirt.
Flip the lining to the inside of the skirt and press the waist. Edge stitch all the way around the waist 1/8″ (0.3 cm) in from the edge. Alternatively, you could under stitch if you prefer. Now the sew the elastic casing. Sew a line around the waist 1 1/4″ (3.2 cm) in from the edge. Leave a gap about 1 1/2″ (3.8 cm) wide for inserting the elastic. Don’t forget to lock in your stitches when you stop and start sewing.
Feed the elastic into the casing through the gap between the skirt and lining using an elastic threader or a safety pin. You can pin the end of the elastic as well so that if it accidentally slips into the casing you don’t have to start over.
Once the elastic is fed all the way through the casing, overlap the ends of the elastic about 1/2” (1.3 cm) and sew over it a few times using a zigzag stitch. Double check to make sure your elastic is not rolled BEFORE you stitch the ends together!
stretch your waistband out to pull all of the elastic inside the casing and sew the gap closed. Make sure to stretch the elastic out while you sew so the fabric isn’t gathered. Be very careful to not catch the elastic with your needle! Now you’re all done! Try it on and admire! Here is the skirt in quilting cotton
It’s not bad. It’s comfortable and I like it, but it doesn’t have much movement. I really wanted to see what it would look like in a flowy fabric, but the only thing I had in my stash with any drape was this red knit.
And I love it! Instead of adding a hem band, I just sewed a lettuce hem. I sewed one on the lining too, but cut more off with my serger than the outside layer so the lining would be shorter. It is so comfortable. I love the length too. I am liking longer skirts recently. I think it’s because I’m always bending over to talk to a child so I have less to worry about with longer skirts. :p
It twirls a bit too, which is always fun
I bet it would look really pretty in a nice linen, or even a silk crepe. Like a black silk crepe skirt with a light pink pleated trim. Ahhh! I need to get to the fabric store so I can make a date night skirt! Anyways I hope you have fun with this pattern and please share pics if you do! Happy Sewing!