What you’ll need:
A lot of fabric comes 60″ wide. That should be plenty of length for most gals, so you’ll need as much as you are wide, plus a little. I bought 1.5 yards for this skirt.
You’re going to be working with 3 measurements.
1. Top. This measurement needs to be taken around where you want the skirt to sit. I wear mine low, around my hipbones. I measure 30″, so 15″ is my top measurement.
2. Length. This is the length from where you want your skirt to start, to the floor, plus 6-8″ for your folded waistband. It just depends on how much you want to fold. I fold twice and have about a 4″ yoga pant style foldover top.
3. Bottom. This is your top measurement plus 5″. This gives you room to walk without too much of a flair.
Fold your large piece in half and cut it to the desired length first.
Then, start measuring from the folded side and mark the top and bottom measurements with a pencil or piece of chalk and cut the non folded side. You can lay your measuring tape out (or anything long and straight) at a diagonal between the 2 and cut into your skirt shape. Make sure you are not cutting the folded side!
This is what you will end up with.
Put a few pins in to hold it together and sew all the way up the open side. I use jersey needles because they’re easier. You can get a pack for a couple bucks wherever you buy your fabric.
Trim the excess material off close to the seam and turn the skirt right side out.
Notice I don’t allow extra room for seams, because this is a fitted skirt. You want it to stretch a bit over your hips so it doesn’t fall down. You can always stitch it in a little more if it’s too loose.
That’s it! You can fold the top down 1 large fold or 2 smaller folds. The jersey knit doesn’t fray, so you don’t need to do any hemming. I’ve washed my gray one countless times and although it has shrunk up just a bit, there was plenty of folded room at the top to make it long enough.
Here is the black one I made in the pictures.