Friday, August 31, 2012


This has got to be the most simple but effective DIY. It's a basic puff skirt with an elastic waist and takes very little time and money to create!

What you will Need 

1 piece of fabric
in any colour and style(I usually use a fabric that is a little bit stiff because I prefer a bit more structure, however you can softer fabrics if you would like the skirt to be more 'flowy'. Also, pick a fabric that wont fray when you cut it. That way you don't even need to stitch the hem!

1 piece of elastic. 
Wrap the elastic around your waist to figure out the length you will need. Don't make it too tight, or it wont be very comfortable to wear!

Sewing pins
Needle and Thready or Sewing Machine
1 Safety pin


Step 1
Wrap the fabric around your waist to measure how much you will need. Wrap the fabric around your waist one and a half times to get the size you need. Of course you can use more or less fabric depending on how 'puffy' or straight you want the skirt to be. The more fabric you use, the puffier the skirt will look. 

Step 2
Lay the fabric out flat. Fold the top part (where your waist will be) over, to create a tube for the elastic to be threaded into.

Step 3 
Use sewing pins to pin down the fold and then stitch along in a straight line. If you are patient and dont have a sewing machine, this can easily be hand stitched. However a sewing machine is much quicker. If you look at the diagram below you can see where the pins need to be placed, and where you need to stitch the straight line.

 Step 4 
Once you have done this, you should have a little 'tube' for the elastic to be threaded into. The best way to thread the elastic into the tube is to attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic before you push it through.  The image below will give you an idea of how to safety pin will help you push the elastic through the tube. 

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You should now have something that looks like this!

Step 5
Now simply fold the fabric in half putting the left side and the right side together, line them up, and stitch along in a straight line. 

Trim off the excess fabric and elastic and turn the skirt out the right way (the above steps are done inside out). And there you have it.. 

Photo by Amy Dyson Photography, Makeup by Alana Winter-smith 

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