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Super easy refashion from a jersey dress

Posted by Portia from Burnham-on-Crouch, England, United Kingdom • Published See Portia's 7 projects »

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  • How to sew a maxi skirt. Diy Jersey Maxi Skirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Encased Elastic Waistband:

    1. If like me, you're refashioning a dress into a skirt, then start by cutting in a straight line, straight across, and remove the top portion.
    2. Turn under and press a 5/8" hem, (stitch if you like but not necessary) then turn over again, according to the width of your elastic (mine was 1.5" wide) plus 2-3mm extra. Pin in place.
    3. Stitch close to the inner edge, leaving approx 2" open/unstitched. I used a stretch stitch because I was working with jersey, If working with a woven fabric, a simple straight stitch will suffice.
    4. Put your length of elastic around your waist. Stretch it around until it's under tension and feels like it would hold your skirt up, but still feels comfortable. Holding it in place with one hand, use a pen to mark on both ends, where you want to join the elastic.

  • How to sew a maxi skirt. Diy Jersey Maxi Skirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    5. Attach a safety pin to one to one end of the elastic
    6. Feed the safety pin through the gap you left in the waistband
    7. Start feeding the elastic through
    8. As you ruche the fabric and pull the elastic through, take care that the elastic doesn't twist.

  • How to sew a maxi skirt. Diy Jersey Maxi Skirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    9. Keep feeding the elastic through until it comes out the same place you started. Again making sure you don't twist it.
    10. Line up the marks you made earlier
    11. with the two ends of elastic overlapped, and the pen lines lined up, stitch and back stitch along these lines
    12. Trim the excess elastic close to the stitching and then slip stitch or machine stitch that little opening closed; and it's done :)

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