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Sew a quick and simple sailor skirt!
When I received this gorgeous anchor print fabric from Timeless Treasures, I knew it would look perfect as a floaty nautical skirt perfect for a trip on the ocean.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to sew a gathered skirt. Nautical Sailor Skirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    To get the basic pattern, you can either create your own by measuring your waist or use an existing skirt you own that fits well.

  • How to sew a gathered skirt. Nautical Sailor Skirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold the fabric in half vertically and then in half horizontally and lay the skirt or pattern in the top right hand corner, so that it's against the two folded edges.

    Measure around the skirt, leaving a 3/4" seam allowance and mark with tailors chalk.

  • How to sew a gathered skirt. Nautical Sailor Skirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out along the sides and top - leaving the folded edge in the middle uncut.

  • How to sew a gathered skirt. Nautical Sailor Skirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    Unfold to reveal two skirt pieces.

  • How to sew a gathered skirt. Nautical Sailor Skirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Lay the two skirt pieces on top of each other, so that the wrong sides are facing out and sew down either edge.

  • How to sew a gathered skirt. Nautical Sailor Skirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut a length of elastic long enough to fit around your waist snuggly

    Sew two lines of basting stitches along the top edge of your skirt.

  • How to sew a gathered skirt. Nautical Sailor Skirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew the elastic into a loop by sewing together the edges.

    Gather the skirt by pulling the basting stitches tight, until the waist of the skirt is the same width as the elastic.

  • How to sew a gathered skirt. Nautical Sailor Skirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    Sew the elastic to the top of the skirt and remove the basting stitches.

  • How to sew a gathered skirt. Nautical Sailor Skirt - Step 9
    Step 9

    Hem the bottom of the skirt.

  • How to sew a gathered skirt. Nautical Sailor Skirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cut off any loose threads and it's ready to wear!

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