I've had this skirt design in mind for a while now and with the warm weather coming, now seems the perfect time to show a little leg and put some wiggle in my walk. With this skirt you'll certainly be swinging your hips and swishing your hemline at every opportunity.
It's fitted to your body in the waist and hips because most of us feel like we don't need to extra volume there. Then the skirt flares out to give you a great full hemline.
What's great about it?
- Quick and easy to sew
- Comfy elastic waist
- Fitted in waist and hips
- Lots of flare and fun
- Uses a stretch fabric for fit and comfort
- In hip sizes 34 to 50 inches
You will need:
- Stretch knit fabric with a good drape and a non-directional pattern
- 3/4 inch elastic, enough for your waist
- The pattern download
Fabric needed for all sizes – 1 and 2/3rd yards, assuming 54 inch wide fabric and a finished skirt length of 20 inches.
My salmon pink skirt is made from a cotton jersey and the print is an ITY knit. Both are nice, but the ITY is my favorite, the fabric drapes nicer than the cotton knit and you get more softly flowing curves to the skirt.
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Wondering about the print and how it will look on a circle skirt? Check out the earlier article on the Half-Circle Wrap skirt for a full explanation and choose your print carefully 🙂
How to cut the Flouncy Bouncy Skirt Pattern
Start by downloading the pattern file from Craftsy. This includes the basic info about the pattern and the pattern pieces you'll need for this skirt.
Assemble the pattern and use your tape measure to measure the widest part of your hips – usually around 6-8 inches down from your waist, but may vary. Take note of this measurement and check the size chart. Cut your pattern to match the size of your hips.
You can either cut your pattern out or trace it. Here you can see me using both options. Tracing your pattern might be a good option if you plan to make the skirt in different lengths or sizes, one for you, one for your daughter perhaps.
NOTE – the finished length on this skirt is 20 inches, including a 1/2 inch hem allowance. If you want to make it longer or shorter, adjust your pattern piece before cutting out – use the outer circle hemlines as a guide to lengthen or shorten.
Fold your fabric and place the edge of the pattern on the fold where shown. Cut two top pieces and two bottom pieces all on the fold of your fabric.
How to sew the flouncy bouncy skirt
Good news – this is really quick, just a few seams and you'll be ready to wear your skirt. There isn't a back and front, just a top and bottom.
Take one top piece and match it right sides together with the bottom flouncy piece. Mark and match the centers of each piece, then the edges and ease the flounce to fit the top piece. Pin and then stitch using a stretch stitch or a narrow zig-zag. A half inch seam allowance is included. Use your serger or trim and neaten your seam – try using an overcasting stitch on a regular sewing machine.
Repeat for the other 2 pieces. You can already see the pretty shape of the skirt.
Join the side seams. Match up the top, bottom and the seam line and pin, then sttich and finish the seam as before.
Turn to the inside an inch at the top of the skirt to form a casing. Pin and then stitch close to the raw edge, using a stretch stitch. Leave a couple of inches open at one of the side seams for us to add elastic. (I only had a wide elastic so I turned an inch and a quarter. It really doesn't make much difference :-))
Take some elastic and test it for size around your waist until you are happy with the comfortable fit. Cut the elastic to length. Add a large safety pin to one end and feed the elastic through the casing, taking care not to twist it.
When you have both ends through, place the elastic ends side by side and zig-zag them with a wide stitch to join the elastic. Pull it fully into the casing and then close the gap in the casing.
Try on your skirt and check it for length. Turn up 1/2 inch to the wrong side and finish your hemline with a twin needle finish, or your favorite finish for knits.
Wear your skirt and flounce and bounce and twirl about. Made one in a print, you'll probably want to make another in a solid too. Such a quick and fun skirt to sew and wear.