How to Sew a Slip Skirt Using a Free Pattern, Step by Step

by LucyaSews
8 Materials
2 Hours

I recently realized that I don’t make any staple garments! So, I decided to make this simple bias DIY slip skirt with an elastic waistband.

Join me as I show you how to sew a silk skirt of your own with this free silk skirt sewing pattern that I found on the Internet. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

How to sew a slip skirt

1. Get the materials ready

Download the silk skirt sewing pattern. Then, cut out the pattern and get your elastic ready. When cutting the fabric, try doing so with a rotary cutter, as silky fabric can get slippery.

Also, place the silky fabric on top of a layer of cotton fabric. Like this, it won’t slide when tracing out the pattern.

According to the instructions, the elastic needs to be the length of your waist with a little extra for seam allowance. Ensure you have two elastic pieces. 

Tip: Be careful working with a bias cut pattern; it can easily get misshaped. Try not to pick it up too much.

Gathering the top edge

2. Gather the top edge

Since the elastic waistband is shorter than the top edge of the skirt, you’ll need to hand-sew two basting stitches along the top edge. Like this, you can gather the fabric after. 

Note: I would like to say that I found the basting stitch unnecessary. I could be missing something important, but I feel it’s more annoying than helpful. 

Shrinking the fabric with an iron

Then, shrink the fabric by going over it with an iron. 

Sewing a French seam

3. Sew the raw edges

Now, close the skirt by sewing a French seam along the raw edges. So, stitch the raw edges with the right sides facing each other. 

Pinning the first part to paper

Tip: Pin the first part with some paper. If your fabric is too thin, the machine's needle tends to push it down and can potentially get stuck. 

Trimming off the excess fabric

Reduce the seam allowance by cutting off the excess fabric. 

How to do a French seam

Turn the fabric to the right sides and pin it along the seam. I also secured the seam with a row of stay stitches. This will definitely help keep the fabric in place when stitching. 

Removing the pins before sewing

Remove the pins before sewing. 

Sewing along the stay stitches

Sew along the stay stitches. 

Finished French seam

Done! Can you see how there are no raw edges, and the seam looks beautiful and clean from the outside? 

Sewing the ends of the elastic

4. Attach the elastic

Stitch the ends of your elastic together to create one full piece. Then, stitch down the seam allowance, so the ends don’t stick out. 

Sewn elastic waistband

This is what you should have. 

Sewing the elastic waistband to the skirt

Sew the elastic to the DIY silk slip skirt. Ensure it’s sewn on the wrong side and that the elastic’s wrong side is also facing the skirt’s wrong side. 

How to make a silk skirt with an elastic waistband

Here it is! 

Pinning the second pieces of elastic

Now, take your second elastic piece and align its seam to the sewn elastic’s seam. So, both elastics should be the wrong sides facing. Pin the second elastic to the first all around. 

Sewing the elastic with a zigzag stitch

Now, sew the bottom edge with a zigzag stitch. 

The raw edges between the two elastic pieces

This is what you are supposed to see; the raw edges in between two elastic pieces. 

Pressing the edges

Fold both elastic pieces inside and press the edges. Stretch the elastic when pressing it down. 

Hemming the DIY slip skirt

5. Hem the DIY slip skirt

Before you go ahead and hem the skirt, let the skirt hang for a couple of hours. This is because the fibers of the fabric are going to stretch out. If you skip this, your hem will end up being wonky. 

DIY slip skirt

How to sew a slip skirt tutorial

How to sew a slip skirt

Thanks for joining me on this tutorial on how to sew a slip skirt. It was so much fun making this staple piece. Let me know what you think of this DIY slip skirt and whether you’ll give it a go yourself! 

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