I recently got some gray IL044 linen and thought it would work great for a skirt. It has this denim-like look to it and is really easy to sew with.
I love pull-on skirts because they are comfortable and casual. They are also incredibly easy to sew because there are no buttons, zippers, or pockets to fuss with.
You can choose any linen to make your skirt. IL044 is a yarn dye linen with a medium weight. I would also recommend checking out IL019 for the same weight of linen. There are a lot of colors to choose from! Heavy-weight 4C22 makes wonderful skirts too if you want something a little thicker.
- sewing machine
- paper for a pattern
Measure how long you’d like your skirt to be. Add 1 ½ inches to that for the bottom hem. The extra length for the top hem depends on the width of your elastic.
The pattern should look like the image to the left; with a curved line for the waist and a curve for your hips. The dashed line shows where the fold of the fabric will be; so when you cut the pattern, there will be two whole pieces.
Place the pattern on top of your fabric so the longer straight edge aligns with the folded side. Then trace and cut it. Do this twice so you have a front and back piece to your skirt.
Seam along both sides.
Doubling up on elastic like I did is completely optional. If you just want one strip of elastic, then go ahead and stick with that. Also, this is not necessary if you have a wider elastic than me.
To make the elastic waistband, sew the appropriate sized space for your elastic, leaving a slit for the elastic to fit through. Measure your waist and cut the elastic to be the same measurement.
Then, attached a safety pin to one end of your elastic to help you insert and maneuver it all the way around the space you sewed for it. Sew the two ends of the elastic together and stitch the opening shut.
As you can see, I did that step twice so I would have two rows of elastic (for a thicker waistband). One piece of elastic is just fine though!
That’s it. Iron your skirt- or not! I love the wrinkly look of linen so I don’t worry about having some creases. See how easy it is to make a simple pull-on skirt that you can wear for just about any occasion?
I can see myself wearing this on a casual day, dressing it up for work, and even on a night out!
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