High Waisted Skirt Tutorial


What does this have to do with a Silhouette machine?

You’ll see that next (hopefully tomorrow), but you can still go enter to win one now!


These measurements are for the skirt I made Macy. She wears a 12 slim-ish. I think the fullness would be good from about size 4 on up. The waistband height would be best for 8 and up, but you could easily make it narrower.


All seam allowances are 1/2”, unless otherwise noted.


I wanted my waistband to be 4” high. I cut one piece 9” (double the finished size plus 1” for seam allowances) by 45” (the width of my fabric). I used a contrasting fabric for demonstration purposes. You probably won’t want to do that. ;)

Sew the short ends together. Press seam allowances open.


Press entire waistband in half lengthwise, right side facing out.


I used 1” elastic, so I needed to make my casing about 1 1/4”. I found the center, top to bottom, of the folded piece (minus the seam allowance on the raw edge) and then went out 5/8” in each direction.

I ironed a crease in mine to mark the center of the casing. You can use a pen or chalk or whatever floats your boat.

(That sticking out part is the seam allowance)

Sew all the way around the waistband piece on both sides of the line to form your casing.

(If you look closely, you can see the crease marking the center of my casing there on the left.)

(If you look closely, you can see that I should have retaken this picture. I don’t really have talons.)


Decide which will be the inside. Using a seam ripper, VERY carefully open the seam between the two casing lines you just sewed.


This will be where you insert your elastic later.


Skirt body:

I cut 2 pieces 21” high by 45” wide (the width of my fabric). That includes 1/2” at the top for seam allowances and 2.5” at the bottom for the hem. I wanted a bulky hem to help weigh the skirt down because it’s quite full.

Sew the short ends of your fabric together, right sides facing. Press seams open. I didn’t finish the seams because I used the (already finished) selvages of the fabric.

Gather along the top edge and pin evenly, right sides facing, to your waistband.

Stitch in place.

Press seam allowance towards the skirt.

Press the bottom edge up 2.5” for hem and stitch in place.


Cut a piece of elastic the size of the waist of the intended wearer. Thread through casing. Stitch ends together.


I think a ribbon or a belt around the waist would look nice.


Or, you can do what we’re going to do tomorrow….


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  1. Char – I love this! How do I make it for a size "grown-up"?? It would be perfect for me to wear to work…

    • I second trhpelpielix. Seriously, you guys should hire me to go over any new changes you'd like to implement. I would be happy to get paid for having the common sense which seems to be lacking there at youtube hq.

    • Je vous remercie pour cette initiative, car il s’agit surtout de reconnaitre symboliquement ceux qui continuent malgré tout. On m’accusera de discours « quasi-religieux », ce qui est évidemment faux, mais notre monde est à ce point cynique que toute mention à la « foi » quelle qu’elle soit, est taboue.

  2. Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com says:

    this skirt is so cute! I actually have a dress that the skirt looks just like this with a tank on top. So that could be something you could add to it :)

  3. So cute Char! Totally need to make one (or two, or three..) for Madison! :)

  4. KJ@letsgoflyakite says:

    Beautiful skirt. Great style.

  5. Honey Lamb and I says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! It is so adorable!

  6. ilovedolly says:

    Pretty, pretty

  7. How about an adult size??? I would really like this for myself :)

  8. I'm going to try out an adult size version…I'm assuming all that needs to be taken into account is the waist and hip size…Wish me luck!

  9. Love love love this! I want to make one for myself! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  10. Ooh I love it! Great skirt for fall! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

  11. Stephanie says:

    The skirt is almost as cute as the model!

  12. ttimechatter says:

    Great post, you have taken a simple design and made a fabulous skirt! I may even have to buy some material and attempt this myself :)


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