Just a few weeks after the technical start of spring, we’re seeing warm weather here in Oakland! Which means it’s time to break out warm weather attire – skirts and pastels, here I come! In anticipation of spring, I tried my hand at sewing a tube skirt – something I hadn’t done in years.
Since it’s nearly impossible to find the exact item you have in mind when shopping in stores, I decided to just go ahead and find the fabric to make the skirt I had in mind.
I was searching for a spring color for my skirt and peachy colors are one of my staples. So I was thrilled when I found a pinky peach ribbed fabric that is right up my alley.
Using 3 materials, it only took about 30 minutes to make! I based my plan on a couple videos I found online, here is a good one. And modified it a bit to make it even simpler – also I sewed my skirt by hand, so if using a sewing machine this project would take less than 10 minutes!
- 2 Yards of fabric
I have a few tube skirts in the exact style I wanted, so my first step was measuring my fabric against a skirt I own. So to make this skirt, I trimmed the length to about the same and cut down the width to double the width of the skirt.
I doubled my fabric since it is a bit sheer, but also ended up being a simple way to add an elastic waistband without adding too many additional steps.
- Take doubled over fabric and measure out dimensions for the skirt. Measuring against an existing skirt is an easy way to do this, or for a perfect fit, take your body measurements.
- Fold fabric in half, widthwise and pin along the open side.
- Insert elastic at the top, along the fold.
- Sew along the open side, about an inch in. As I went along, I tapered my hem so to make sure the skirt is snug on my legs for a true tight pencil silhouette.
- Trim off excess fabric along the hem.
- Flip skirt inside out – and voila, you have a simple tube skirt.
I did this so quickly, I didn’t take photos of the process, but included a beautiful diagram I sketched out as I mapped out my plan. Highly technical, I know, sorry folks, next go around I’ll properly document.
For about $9 I made a custom skirt in the exact color I was having such a hard time finding. I’ll definitely be making a few more of these during the summer!
I paired my skirt with a cute off the shoulder crop top! Perfect for a warm afternoon day party. It can also be dressed up with a light sweater or blouse.