Everyone’s wearing them! Maxi skirts galore. I had to make one, or two, or three. My mantra for clothing…if it feels like pajamas, it’s perfect for my wardrobe!
These are so comfy. You just throw them on and your done. They’re so easy to sew too.
I used McCall’s 6966. This one is for sewing with knits (stretchy fabric) but I also wanted to make one using non-stretchy fabric. Choose something that is flowy. It also has a special color block version or you can do it with stripes. I did that too.
So the main version I wanted to make was the striped one. Boy, was that hard to layout and cut. And it takes a lot of fabric. I used a double sided knit. It turned out SO HEAVY…so I recommend using a lightweight drapey knit like a rayon or polyester. I’m not thrilled with it but it’s OK. It’s just a little too bulky.
The next one I wanted to make was out of a woven rayon which did not stretch. It has a border print which I thought would look really cool. When you are working with a pattern meant for stretchy fabric and you are using a non-stretchy fabric you will need to do a couple of adjustments. First, make sure that the smallest part of the skirt will be able to get over the largest part of your body – usually your hips. You might need to go up a size or two or three on the pattern to get over your hips. That’s OK. Go up to that size for the waist and then gradually blend the pattern back to the original size once you get past the hip area. I also didn’t like the attached waistband for this pattern so I just did a little sew on elastic right onto the skirt. If you do that, this skirt can literally be sewn together in 2 seams, elastic, hem, boom! You’re done!
Here’s the border print rayon. And here’s another really pretty rayon I found.
This is a knit fabric.
This is my favorite.
So comfy, flowy and went together in about 20 minutes.
Here is the elastic tutorial. You can add it to any waistband. I add it to pajama pants all the time. To add it to a skirt or pants that are supposed to have an attached waistband you will need to add a little to the top of the pants/skirt. I’ll explain.
Decide what size elastic you will be using. If you are using 1 inch wide elastic you will double that width and add that to the top of the pants when you cut them out. In other words, you will be adding 2 inches to the top of your fabric as you cut it out. Use a French curve to draw the line.
Place the elastic around your waist and pull it tight, the way you would like to wear it. Cut and sew the ends together using a zig zag stitch. Reinforce it by stitching it again. Trim off any excess. Divide the elastic into four equal sections. Mark them.
Do the same thing to the waist. Mark it in quarters. The front and back seams should be marked first since the side seams aren’t exactly 1/4 the distance from the front and back seams. Pin the elastic to the WRONG side of the pants at the quarter marks. The top edges are even. NOTE: One important thing to check…stretch the elastic as far as you can. It should be about equal to the pants or skirt opening. If the waist opening on the garment is way off one way or the other it will be difficult to sew in. Ask me how I know!
Stitch with a zig zag stitch along the top edge of the waist with the elastic pulled tight. You are sewing through the elastic and the top of the pants. Pull from the front and back, but not too hard. Pull just enough so that the elastic and waist are matching together. Use your needle down feature if you have one on your sewing machine. Go slow and stop to re-adjust often.
Your first stitching is done.
Now fold the elastic to the INSIDE of the pants. You will be stitching where the previous stitching was. Pull from the front and back to make the gathers/wrinkles smooth as you sew. Stop and re-adjust often. Go slow…use your needle down feature if you have one.
Now you’re all done and you have a beautiful elastic waistband! Enjoy!