Empire Waist Skirt Tutorial

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I didn't really know what to call this, hence the Empire Waist Skirt.  I started with this Empire Waist Dress tutorial by Maggie over at Smashed Peas and Carrots, but laziness and an intense fear of cutting my clothes got the best of me so I stopped halfway through her tutorial and ended up with a skirt.  If you would like to make the whole dress, go on over to Maggie's site where she will give you all the deets.

Also, this was my first foray into making any sort of clothing, and while it's not perfect, I am pleased as punch with it.  So, don't be afraid, give it a try!

Now, on with the show!

The best part of the project, I think, is the very short supply list:
Fabric (I only needed a yard)
Elastic (if you can find the 2" stuff, get that, but all my HobLob had was 1.5")
Total cost for a cutie patootie skirt: $6.50

Don't you just love my fabric?  But before you head off to the fabric store, make sure to pick out a tank top (preferably a stained one, although since I'm not cutting mine, I guess it doesn't really matter!) and take it with you to the store to make sure your fabric matches.

Now, I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Oh, and if you didn't hem the bottom in step two, do that now.

And you're done!

This skirt stays up on my rib cage without any problem and feels very secure, but the great thing about this is that you can wear it any way you want!  I made my hem a little shorter so that if I want to wear it down on my natural waist, I can do that and it still hits right at my knees.  I just love wearing it like this, though, because it looks like a cute little dress, but it was so easy!

So, give it a try!  You'll be glad you did.


  1. This is awesome! I've been looking for a pattern for something like this.

  2. LOVE that material! SO cute!!! i convinced my mom to buy a sewing machine about a year ago and it is STILL in the box. this just reminded me i need to get my DIY on!!!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  3. This is great. I too have some tanks with some grease stains. I'm going to have to try this.. Your tutorial is great too btw :)

  4. Jenna, this is SO cute! You look adorable in it! I keep meaning to try doing something like this with a dress I bought online that is too small up top but the rest fits great...

  5. Awesome!! Looks great, pinning this to my "Sewing projects" Thanks for the tutorial :)
    P.S. - I am your newest follower!

  6. Cute and simple! My favorite kind of sewing!

  7. I love the fabric you chose. The skirt came out perfect. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  8. Super cute my dear! I love the fabric you picked too!! You are adorable in this!

  9. This would work with any knit top and doesn't need to be limited to tanks.