“Etsy Sample”

On August 12, 2012, I went to a page on the Etsy blog (since updated), and I was like, "I could build that page". So, I did. Below is a recreation of that web page, built by me.

Looks like I built this page using the 960 grid framework. I tend to use Bootstrap, so it's kind of strange coming back after this many years and reading not just an old CSS, but a different one.

It's also really weird to combine two frameworks in one document! Almost all the Bootstrap styles are gone, which is why the header looks so small compared to the body text. The 960 grid doesn't have a p class="lead ", so everything looks a little strange. I could restyle this section and the footer. But I won't.

Also, this site is NOT responsive.

In full disclosure, I went to that page because I was looking for instructions on how to sew a simple skirt by hand, which I also did. And it did not take 1 hour - more like 8! Although, I made mine fancy by including lace trim and a sewn-in petticot. But these instructions are pretty good if you decide you want to sew your own skirt.

How-Tuesday: Sew a Skirt In One Hour

Sample finished Skirt

author picture
image of Julie

I do love a good skirt. It's a chameleon garment that can be dressed up or down and paired with layers or accessories to suit the occasion or the weather forecast. In this week's How-Tuesday post, you'll learn how to stitch your very own custom skirt and update your wardrobe in a flash! Brett Bara, author of Sewing in a Straight Line, will guide you through the process.

Brett Bara will be joining us at Craft Night on Monday, August 29 at the Etsy Labs. She'll also be hosting a live Online Lab that same day at 3:30 p.m., featuring a demo of this project. You're invited to watch and ask questions!

image of Brett

When you see how easy it is to sew your own quick and comfy skirt, you won't ever want to purchase this wardrobe basic off the rack again. With just one yard of fabric and a mere sixty minutes, you can whip up a fantastic little number that looks like a million bucks. You can easily adapt this pattern to make a variety of different looks - try a narrower elastic waist, a longer length, or even less gathering to suit your own personal style.

Score a copy of Sewing in a Straight Line from Amazon or an independent bookseller near you.

book cover


  • Approximately 1 yard (91cm) medium-weight fabric*
  • 1 3/4" (4.5cm) wide elastic (the length of your waist circumference)
  • One large safety pin
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine

*Note: This garment is sized to fit your measurements so the exact amount of fabric needed will vary. Read the entire pattern and take your body measurements (in step 1) to determine the exact amount you'll need. Buy extra when in doubt.

Finished Dimensions:

  • Width: Sized to fit your body
  • Lenth: 18" (45.5cm)

Fabric Suggestions

I made this skirt in a cotton-linen blend, which is soft and has great drape. Almost any light or medium weight fabric will work for this project; just keep in mind that the texture of the fabric you choose will determine whether your skirt is flowy or more structured.


Fabric image 1

1. Measure and Cut:

Fabric: Measure your hip circumference 7"�8" (18cm�20.5cm) below your natural waist, or at your widest point) for measurement A. Cut 2 rectangles with a width equal to A and a length of 22 1/2?(57cm).

Elastic: Measure your waist circumference and cut a piece of elastic to that measurement minus 1" (2.5cm).

Fabric image 2

2. Sew the Side Seams Pin

Then sew the 2 front/back pieces together along both 22 1/2" (57cm) edges using either 1/2" seam allowances or a 1/4" (6mm) French seams. Press the seams flat before moving on.

3. Sew the Waistband Casing

Turn under the top edge 1/2" (13mm); press. Turn under this folded top edge 2" (5cm); press then pin. Topstitch the folded edge in place, leaving a 4" (10cm) opening near one of the side seams.

Finished look

4. Sew the Hem

Turn under the hem 1/2" (13mm); press. Turn it under again 11/2" (3.8cm); press then pin. Topstitch the hem in place.

5. Finish the Waistband

Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread that end through the entire waistband casing and gather away, being careful not to twist the elastic. When the safety pin gets back to the opening, overlap the 2 raw edges of the elastic 1/2? (13mm) and sew them together with a straight stitch, backstitching to reinforce at the beginning and end of the seam. Insert the joined elastic ends back into the casing. Topstitch the opening of the casing closed.

Distribute the gathers evenly around the skirt. Once the gathers are arranged, stitch in the ditch along each side seam at the waistband to secure the elastic in place.

Go Custom

You can change this pattern up in lots of ways to make whatever kind of skirt your heart desires. Here are a few options:

If you prefer the look of a skinny waistband, just use thinner elastic and adjust the waistband casing accordingly. Make the casing 1/4" (6mm) wider than the elastic.

This skirt measures 18" (45.5cm) from waist to hem. To make it longer or shorter (if you dare!), just adjust the length of the rectangle you cut in Step 1. (You may need to buy more fabric for a longer skirt.)

The fabric you choose has a huge impact on the look of this garment. A very light fabric with a lot of drape will give you a flowy skirt; choose something stiff like taffeta for a poofy ball-gown effect.