My husband was generous and paid for some material I picked out at Hobby Lobby the other day! Here's some my daughter picked out that might take a while becoming a skirt (what, you say it won't happen on its own!?).
And as I said before I wanted to make an a-line skirt with a yoga waistband for myself and couldn't find a tutorial I really liked for woven fabric. So, I thought I would share what I did.
I'm going to refer to a hip measurement because I have hips and need the room to get my skirt on if it doesn't have a zipper. If you are going to make this skirt for a child or you don't have much of a hip, you could probably just use your waist measurement.
Here are the pieces I started out with:
2 waistband pieces (waist-5")/2 x 10" (mine was 11.5" x 10")
2 skirt pieces and 2 lining pieces using this pattern
I followed directions for the waistband that are easy to find posted on blogs. But I found I really had to try it on to figure out how narrow to make it. Actually, I had to take this skirt apart after I wore it a day and make the waistband a couple inches narrower (I took this into account when I gave you measurements above). Knits vary so much in their stretchiness.
Sew sides together and finish edges on skirt. Repeat on lining.
With right side of lining facing wrong side of skirt (so they are both right sides out), baste across the top front and again at the top of the back. This way you can gather from both sides.
Gather skirt top to fit waistband and pin waistband to right side of skirt with cut edge of waistband lined up with top edge of skirt.
Zig zag together and finish and trim woven fabric.
Top stitch with raw edges toward skirt.
Make a ruffle and sew to bottom of skirt. Hem your lining.
Ta da! But it's still gathered more in the front than I would like...
So when I made this skirt I adjusted my pattern at the waist. The front pieces are waist/4 + 1", and the back pieces are (hip-front skirt piece + 2")/2. Length and skirt hem measurements are the same.
Hmm...I keep trying to tell my camera man to leave the flash off. Looks like I was too late on this one.