The Drawstring Jersey Skirt

 IMG_4786 This skirt is so comfy!  I should know since I’ve had it on for three days straight.  I wanted something like this skirt, but out of knit fabric since I already had it.  Here’s a quick how-to if you want to make your own: You’ll need:        1 1/8 yard jersey knit from a 59″ bolt (depending on your size….measure your hips from side to side and add ten inches to be safe. )  2 yards (or less) twill ribbon for tie matching thread IMG_4654 Cut 4″ off your fabric from selvage to selvage  (so if you bought 40″ of fabric cut it down to 36″ or one yard)  Set strip aside.  Cut the knit fabric in half a long the fold, giving you two rectangles about 36″ by 28″.   The 36″ side will wrap around you.  Cut 4″ off the bottom of your rectangles so they are now about 36″ by 24″.   Set the other 4″ strip aside as well.    (I’m 5’11”, so you might want to adjust the length for your height after you cut the 4 inches off!) untitled Sew your two rectangles together along the short sides.  Take in the sides until the skirt fits well.  The first skirt I made I left the sides way too loose and I wasn’t happy with it, so make it somewhat snug.   Also the second time I made the skirt I tapered the seam on the sides so that the top of the skirt was about 2″ smaller than the bottom just by eyeballing it….I liked the fit better that way. Find the front top center of the skirt.  Mark with pins or a marker, two marks about 2″ apart and 1 1/2″ down. IMG_4665 Sew small zig zags around those marks, or use the button  hole stitch on your machine.  Snip in the center of your zig zag box.  This is where your tie will come out of. IMG_4671 Turn the top edge towards the inside and sew, leaving enough room for your tie and making sure you leave the holes open and towards the front.  Because knit fabric doesn’t fray, don’t worry about folding the top edge under twice. IMG_4674 Press.   To make the bottom ruffle, take your 4″ long strips and sew them all together end to end. IMG_4678 To ruffle the strip, sew about 1″ in along the edge with a long stitch length, and hold your spool of thread with your hand semi-tight as you sew to make the fabric gather.  Practice this a couple times to get the tension right.  IMG_4684 Pin your ruffled strip along the bottom of the skirt, on the right side.  I pinned my strip so that the sewn seam of the ruffle was about an inch from the bottom of the skirt. IMG_4690 When you get to the end, you can either sew them like you would a quilt binding (pin together the ends of the ruffle, sew right sides together and trim the excess) or you can do like I did and just overlap the two edges about 2 inches then cut off the rest. IMG_4691 Sew the ruffle onto the bottom of the skirt.  Sew along the ruffle seam. IMG_4695 Use a safety pin to feed the tie through the holes and around the skirt.  IMG_4697 And your done!  If you finish it and its still too loose (mine was) you can take in the sides.  Just pin where you want to take it in on both sides, then starting at the top on the inside sew downwards, tapering until you reach the side seam.  Does that make sense?  hope so. :)  You will still be able to tie it with the drawstring in the front, it just won’t tighten across the back.  IMG_4791

45 Responses to The Drawstring Jersey Skirt

  1. Michelle June 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    Love this-I'm seriously going to go make this right now!

  2. Megan June 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    I definitely trying this one – you make it look easy enough for someone with my limited skills to do. p.s. I like your shoes!

  3. junglewife June 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    LOVE this!!!

  4. RaeLyn June 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    cute, cute, cute! Thank you!

  5. Megs June 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    Love the skirt. This may make me brave enough to try sewing with jersey. Now if only you could give a tutorial on how to make those fabulous shoes!

  6. kz June 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    really cute!!

  7. seemommysew June 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    super cute! I've been planning on making one of those! :)

  8. Alisa June 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    I LOVE this and can't wait to make one!!!

  9. abby o June 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    cute cute cute. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  10. Anna June 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    so pretty! I love knit and this will make a super comfy summer skirt. Thanks for sharing. :)

  11. Trisha June 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    Is there a certain type of stitch to use when sewing on stretchy fabric? Like a stretch stitch?

  12. panamamama June 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    Love it!

  13. PioneerValleyGirl June 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    I have a drawstring skirt in jersey material and it is one of the most comfortable things I own. But mine's not as cute and chocolate brown and ruffled — maybe I need to make another.

  14. Ariel June 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Oooh! This one turned out super cute…I especially love the ruffle at the bottom!

  15. Poppyprint June 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm #


  16. A. June 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    So awesome! And I have a 40% off coupon for Jo Ann…… hmmmmm….

  17. jobanba June 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    Oooh, especially loving this one! I think I've found my skirt! :) Would love to add some applique or embroidery, too…

  18. amandajean June 3, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    that is super duper cute! i love it with your shoes. :)

  19. Mollie June 4, 2010 at 4:08 am #

    I'm in love! So cute. Thanks for sharing:o) I can't wait to make one.

  20. Kim June 4, 2010 at 4:18 am #

    cute cute cute. And by the way, what kind of shoes are those? They are also cute.

  21. Stacey June 4, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    Oh, my gosh. So adorable. I neeeeed one!

  22. Amy Sp June 4, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Great Skirt! Please share more info about the shoes, like where I can get a pair. :)

  23. Vals Quilting June 4, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    this is super cute!! Nice, perfect idea and it's sew comfortable looking!

  24. Rinachiyya June 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    What a great skirt and knit is so comfy.

  25. Alison June 5, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    Wonderful tutorial! I happen to have a quantity of knit laying around just waiting to be some skirts for my girls!

  26. Jamie June 5, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    I can't wait to make this skirt! I have the perfect jersey knit waiting in my sewing room! Thanks for the great tutorial!