There are a few reasons I like to run. Runner’s high, pink tennis shoes and fun running clothes. Simple as that. My mom and I (with help from the hubby when our brains stopped working) made this skirt the night before my last half marathon and I figured I should finally get around to telling you how. Plus, I just happen to have some sparkly fabric and a lot of free time.
:: What You Need ::
1 yard confetti dot fabric (or other fabric of choice)
Elastic for waistband
Note: There are two different color fabrics in this post – you’re not crazy 🙂
Start with the waistband. Wrap elastic around your waist where you want you skirt to sit. Add about two inches for overlap. Create the waistband by sewing the two ends together. I used a zig-zag stitch on the ends to make sure they are flush with the rest of the band (prevent chafing) and a straight stitch for the long ends. Give your waist band a few tugs to make sure it will hold up during the race.
Put the waistband aside. We’ll come back to that at the end of the project.
Measure and cut the rest of the skirt.
- Top of skirt: Cut a rectangle.
For the long side: measure your hips where ever you want the skirt to sit and add four inches to give yourself some running room. For the short side: 5.5 inches.
Bottom of skirt:
For the long side: hip measurement + 4 inches. For the short side: 9-10 inches*. You need two of these rectangles. *Don’t worry if the skirt looks a little long; you can always shorten the skirt at the very end.
Now that everything is cut, you will make the bottom of the skirt first.
- sew the two larger rectangles together to make one very long rectangle
- sew one stitch down the length of the rectangle. Place the stitch about 1/2 inch from the top. ***DO NOT BACK STITCH*** You also want to set the stitch to the longest stitch you have.
- start pulling on the fabric (make sure to hold the thread) to create an even ruffle. The goal is to make the ruffled rectangle the same size as the smaller (top of skirt) rectangle. Just ignore the typo in the picture below 🙂
- Pin the ruffled rectangle on the smaller (top of skirt) rectangle. Pin directly on the sparkle side of fabric. I gave myself about a .5 inch overlap. Actually, I counted up three dots and pinned so I didn’t have to measure. This step takes a while to get the ruffle even and pinned straight. Boomer gave up on me…
- Sew directly below the basting stitch making sure the ruffle stays.
- You can pull out the basting stitch now. I left mine in because you couldn’t see it.
Sew the skirt shut by folding the skirt in half (with the good side of fabric facing in). Pin and sew the short sides together. *Make sure to line up the ruffles because you can trim the bottom up to match if it doesn’t line up exactly. The final step is to attached the waistband.
- Pin the skirt to the inside of the elastic waistband. You will notice the skirt is larger than your waistband – you want that! I pinned the skirt in four places – the back, front and each side leaving loose material between each pin. Start sewing (with a zig-zag stitch) where you placed a pin. As you sew, hold your skirt where the next pin is and pull the elastic to become the same length as the material. The goal of this is to allow the skirt to stretch so you can put it on. When you are finished, the material will have a slight ruffle at the top, but it will flatten out when you put it on.