Project Design Team Wednesday~Bohemian Skirt

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Hi. I'm Char from

Today I am sharing a super easy skirt tutorial using Lila Tueller's new
First you'll want to measure the waist of the intended wearer. Determine the finished length you want the skirt to be.
Yardage requirements
Provided the waist of the wearer is under 29”, you will need 2 times the finished length plus 5”. For example, I wanted my skirt to be 15” long so I needed 2 X 15” (30”) plus 5” or 35”/approximately 1 yard.
Additional notions
Thread 1 1/2” or 2” elastic piece equal to 1/2 the waist measurement plus 1”. For example, a waist measurement of 24” would require (24/2 + 1 or) a 13” piece.
For the waistband
Cut 5” high:
Waist measurement/2 + 1” For example, if your waist measurement is 24”, you’d take half of that (12”) and then add 1” for a cut length of 13”.
Waist measurement plus 1”. In my example, this would be a 25” long piece.
So, you have a 5” X 13” piece and a 5” X 25” piece.
For the rest of the skirt
Cut 2 pieces the length you want the finished skirt to be X the width of the fabric. I need my skirt to be 15”, so I’m cutting two 15” X 44/45” pieces.
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Press both waistband pieces in half horizontally (so they’re now 2.5” tall with the pressed/folded edge at the top.
Edge stitch top/creased edges.
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Stitch bottom edges, 1/4” ish. This is just to hold it in place and will be hidden in the actual seams.
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Gather skirt body pieces and pin to waistband pieces.
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Stitch in place using scant 1/2” seams.
Press seams toward waistband. Top stitch, SUPER close to the edge.
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You will now have a front piece and a back piece. The back piece should be approximately twice as big as the front piece.
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Feed piece of 1 1/2” elastic equal to half of waist measurement through back piece of skirt until end of elastic is even with end of waistband piece. Tack end down.
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Sew one side seam, front piece to back piece, sewing through end of elastic that was just tacked down.
Feed elastic rest of way through. tack down. Sew other side seam. Press seam allowances toward front of skirt and edge stitch down.
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Hem. The hem allowance is 1 1/2”.
Embellish, if you wanna. I used another print from the Bohemian Festival line (Medallion in blue) and cut out parts of the pattern to make applique flowers, as indicated by the super precise Sharpie lines in the picture below:
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Cute, right?
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I used a tight zig zag to stitch 3 of them down over on the bottom on one side of the skirt.
And that’s it!
Thanks Char!
What a cute skirt ... And super simple to make!
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Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. Love the waistband! Very cute fabric too.
    by Melanie
    June 06th, 2012 at 12:16 p.m.
  2. I am new to sewing and have a question about the waistband of this skirt. By putting the elastic in the back, is it causing the skirt to bunch up? And that essentially is what allows the skirt to be pulled on rather than having a zipper? I hope this makes sense. Thanks for the help.
    by Alisha
    July 20th, 2012 at 12:48 p.m.
  3. Looks absolutely gorgeous. I am in love with that skirt!
    by mogul interior
    November 12th, 2012 at 4:38 a.m.
  4. Has anyone tried this for an adult?
    by Roberta
    February 07th, 2013 at 11:52 a.m.

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