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

46 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!

  27. Alison June 5, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    I did it :-)
    I made 3 of these this morning for my girls. The only thing I did different was to make an easy-peasy elastic waist- so much easier for little girls to handle :-)

  28. mdog June 8, 2010 at 5:48 am #

    After sitting in the skirt, say at church, when you stand up, does the fabric poke out in back? Nothing I hate more than to have a skirt that doesn't lay flat after sitting down.

  29. casserole June 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    I love it!! Perfect for summer days!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  30. Steph June 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    This is so what I want to wear this summer! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  31. A Joyful Mommy June 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    oh boy, this is way too cute! I have some printed knit waiting to be sewn into something fantastic…thanks for the tutorial!

  32. Sandrine June 22, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    Thanks for sharing!I was a bit hesitant sewing with that fabric maybe now I will give it a go!:)

  33. wholesomewomanhood July 20, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    I bookmarked this tutorial when you posted it…and today I did a skirt refashion using your pattern. Thanks so much! I turned a skirt I didn't like to wear into something I can't wait to wear. :-)

  34. stephjacobson August 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    Wonderful skirt! (I love a good skirt.) I'm bookmarking and digging through my fabric stash for some jersey knit!

  35. Jensen Family August 31, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    I am IN LOVE with this skirt!!! And it looks so easy!! Can't wait to get some jersey and whip one up for me, my daughter, my friends, family…. :) Thanks for sharing!!!

  36. Kimberly December 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I made this! It was sooo easy, thanks to your great instructions and super duper cute! Love your blog – keep it up!

  37. Angela January 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    Super cute! Modest and stylish!!! I've added this link to my blog to share with my friends. Thanks!!!

  38. Momma J April 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I made this a few weeks ago and finally am able to wear it b/c the weather is cooperating!! LOVE this and can't wait to make another. I'm going to make a little one for my DD so we can "match". I'm posting a link on my blog for my other crafty friends!! Thanks again!!

  39. jmday August 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Ok, I did it. I made this skirt! (I actually happened to have jersey yardage sitting around from a school costume project gone awry: I. LOVE. IT. SO comfortable… and that's from a jeans and tee-shirt kinda girl. I'll be blogging it soon… and of course linking back here. Thanks for a great quick satisfying project!

  40. Sharleen August 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this skirt idea. I love it and have made a couple of them and have a couple more to make. So comfortable and cute!

  41. Jen Conlon February 26, 2012 at 11:37 am #

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  42. Barbara Obrien August 27, 2012 at 12:08 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!

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  43. Jerri H October 16, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    I found your wonderful site by accident and I'm so glad. I've made two so far and love them. I'm petite at 5'3" and 117 lbs. For me, it was easier to fold fabric by putting selv. edges together. I cut two 4" strips along the cut edge to make the ruffle as directed. I cut the body of the skirt as a trapezoid that was 23" wide at the waist, 25" W at the bottom and 20" tall. After I added the button holes and folded and sewed the top down, the 20" height was just right for my stature once the ruffle was added. Along with the twill tape, I added 1/4" elastic through the button holes so the thing wouldn't hit the floor when I untied it. Thank you for the tutorial!

  44. dollardidit December 30, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    WOW!! I don’t know how I ended up on your awesome site, but this tutorial is fantastic and makes me want to find an all night fabric store so I can get started on this cool & comfortable skirt!! Thanks a bunch for all the pics and the easy directions.

    PS – Love that you noted how many days you have worn it…. shows what a keeper it is!

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