***ahem*** skirt

The possibilities are endless when your skirt’s hem is made in contrasting bias tape.

Get it?  The name of the skirt is ahem, like the hem of the skirt.  Plus, it walks in the room and says, “***ahem*** I just got here, and check out my skirt, I”m just sayin.”

It can be sized for an infant, a child, or even an adult.  And it’s a quick sew.


Fabric 1.5x the width of your waist, and a few inches longer than the desired skirt length.
Enough bias tape to hem the skirt
Matching thread


1.  Start by cutting the skirt pieces.  Take your waist measurement and times it by 1.5, divide that number in half to get the width of each pattern piece.  Measure the desired length of the skirt and add a few inches to the length.  These measurements will give you the dimensions of the skirt pieces.  Cut 2.  (Essentially, the skirt will be wide enough to scrunch in with the elastic)

2. Line the skirt pieces with right-sides-together and sew down the length of both sides of the skirt.

3.  Finish the top edge of the skirt by serging or sewing a zig zag all the way around.  Then iron under the width of the elastic, plus about 3/8″.

4. Mark 1″ from either side of one of the seams to indicate where the opening for the elastic will be.  Sew around the inner edge, leaving that 2″ opening.

5. Fasten a safety pin to the end of the elastic, and fish it through the casing.  When the safety pin comes back out the opposite side, overlap the edges and zig zag the elastic together.  The elastic should be a little bit smaller than your waist, for a snug fit.

6. Sew the opening closed in the casing.

Now all that’s left is the hem.  Which, in this case, is the star of the show.

7.  Make bias tape.  The end width of the bias tape will be about 1/4 the width of the starting fabric strip, so keep that in mind when cutting the fabric for the bias tape.

8.  Sew the bias tape to the bottom edge of the skirt.

Remember to leave enough overlap at the ends to fold the top edge under for a clean finish.



All that’s left is to put it on.

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