I was online looking for a simple tutorial to explain how to make a skirt that is lined and has side seam pockets. I couldn’t find what I was looking for, so……..I decided to wing it and see how it would turn out. It was actually very simple and here is how it turned out…….
So let’s jump right in.
1 yard of your main fabric
1 yard of lining fabric
1″ wide elastic
For this project/ tutorial I worked with 45″ wide cotton for the main fabric as well as the lining. This works perfect if you wear anywhere from X SMALL- LARGE. For larger sizes you will need a 1 1/2 yards of fabric.
To make this skirt you will essentially make two of the same skirts and connect them at the waist.
Decide how long you want your skirt to be. (mine 18″) to this we are going to add 2″ for the waistband and 2″ for the hem. For a total length of 22″. Your lining fabric will be cut 1″shorter for me that would be 21″
Time to cut….with your fabric folded in half (pretty side of fabric touching) (wrong side facing you)…measure down to your desired length and cut.
Put your left over fabric a side…we will use this to make the pockets in a few.
Now take the fabric we just cut and cut in down the center of the fold…..you will now have 2 pieces a front and a back.
Now repeat those steps to your lining fabric.
Now it’s time to cut out your pocket pieces. You can simply draft a pocket pattern similar to the one below….. Or to make things easier for anyone making this skirt…….I found a free pocket pattern thanks to handmadebymrsh.blogspot.com Click Here to download the pocket pattern piece.
With your fabric folded (right sides touching) wrong side facing you. Lay the pattern on the fabric and cut out the pockets and then repeat. You will have a total of 4 pocket pieces. Now repeatedly those steps to your lining fabric. You will end up with a total of 8 pocket pieces 4 for your main fabric and 4 for your lining fabric.
Take your front and back pieces, measure down 6″ from the top and pin the pocket pieces on like so.
Repeat to lining like so
With 1/2″ seam allowance sew the pockets on.
Repeat to lining fabric
Next press pockets open on front and back pieces and repeat to the lining
Now pin you front and back pieces together with the right sides touching and wrong sides facing you.
Sew together with a 5/8″ inseam like so
Repeat to lining fabric
Now finish your seams as desired. Pinking shears, serger or zigzag stitch.
Press pockets and side seams of print fabric and lining
Turn fabric right side out and place lining fabric inside the main fabric. Aligning side seams.
Push designed fabric pocket into lining fabric. It will end up like this.
Let’s work on the waistband. Fold down 1/2 and press
Now fold over 1 1/2″ press
Now it’s time to sew around the waistband, leaving a 2″ opening to feed your elastic into.
Cut your elastic which is your waist measurement minus 3.5″. Put a safety pin through one end of the elastic and feed in through the opening an all yhe way around the waistband casing. Pull both end of the elastic, so that they over lap and zigzag back and forth to secure.
Tug on skirt waist so that the elastic is all tucked inside and sew the 2″ opening closed.
Final steps hem the lining. Fold over 1″ and press. Fold it over again 1″ press and sew. Now repeat those steps to your main fabric. Tada you’re all done.
Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,
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