Summer is definitely skirt season and sewing your own is the perfect way to add to your wardrobe! You’ll love these Five Simple Summer Skirts (three adult, two child size) and enjoy making them in lots of different fabrics. Throw one on with a t-shirt and you’re ready for any occasion!
Super Simple Straight Summer Skirt
I made this Summer Skirt for a trip to Hawaii and it has become one of my favorite makes! It’s easy enough for a beginner and fast enough to make when you realize you have nothing to wear. My Summer Skirt can be made with just a center back seam or two side seams. Although I didn’t include instructions for pockets, if you’re handy with patterns, you could add pockets, too. This is the skirt I take on vacation in case a “dressy” need arises, but it’s also comfy and cool for hot weather. Definitely a great take along garment! You’ll need a light to medium-weight knit fabric, ball point or stretch needles and 1-1/4” elastic. If you already have all of that in your stash, then you’re ready to sew!
As a bonus, you’ll also learn about Coats wonderful new Eloflex Stretch Thread in my post. You’ll find it locally soon, it’s amazing for knits and you’re going to love it!! Click here for the Super Simple Straight Summer Skirt tutorial on my personal blog -The Sewful Life.
Simple Pleated Skirt
This adorable skirt has just enough detail to make it unique! Designed by Deby of the So Sew Easy blog, it looks fabulous in a large floral or border print. This Summer Skirt is quick, easy to sew, has a casual fit and no darts. You can pick your own length and add pockets (yay!) if you like. Deby’s really thought of everything and includes a video tutorial for sewing her skirt, too. You’ll appreciate her clear zipper insertion steps and great tips for fitting. The skirt includes a sewn on waistband that is not interfaced, but I think a light to medium-weight interfacing would be a good idea. I find that helps to prevent a waistband that rolls while you’re wearing it. The pattern is a free Craftsy download that includes nine sizes. Click here for the tutorial and pattern download link.
Gathered Skirt with Wide Elastic Waistband & Pockets
The 3” wide elastic waistband on this Summer Skirt makes it super fun! Along with thread and under a yard of light-weight cotton fabric, that’s all you’ll need. Emily of the Life Sew Savory blog also added pockets to make the skirt practical. As she says “Pockets make everything better!!!” This is a very full skirt and you’ll find Emily’s hints on gathering quite helpful whether you’re using a sewing machine or serger. For the hem, just serge the edges or stitch up a standard machine hem and get ready to twirl! Click here for Emily’s Wide Elastic, Gathered Skirt tutorial.
Girls Gathered Knit Skirt
If you’re after something quick for your little princess – this is it! It’s a Summer Skirt with just one seam and elastic waistband that takes under an hour to make. Designed by Elizabeth of the Simple Simon & Company blog, it’s a great skirt to let your girl “design”. She can pick the fabric and feel like she’s ready for the runway! Elizabeth includes a simple three step process for measuring and drafting a pattern customized to your little sweetie. I love that she included info on sewing knits with a sewing machine or serger so you can choose. This is an affordable, fun project that any girl will love. Get ready to make lots! Click here for the Gathered Knit Skirt tutorial.
Girls Half-Circle Knit Skirt
We hear a lot about circle skirts, but a half-circle skirt is just as cute and doesn’t take as much fabric to stitch up. As designer, Sachiko of the Tea Rose Home blog says, “it has less drama and actually stays with your body lines better”. You’ll love Sachiko’s easy three step method for measuring and drafting this style of Summer Skirt. And, it can be made for anyone! For a pre-teen, you’ll need under a yard of knit fabric, ¾” elastic and a double needle for topstitching. Sachiko gives helpful hints for sewing knits on a sewing machine or serger so this is definitely a can-do project! Click here for the Half-Circle Skirt tutorial.
Okay, time to skirt up your Handmade Wardrobe for the Summer! Pick a tutorial or two or five, gather your fabric and supplies and enjoy a bit of simple sewing. Then you’ll be ready to enjoy a bit of Super Summer Skirt wearing!