Make an A-line Skirt
You'll need:A piece of stretchy material. For a medium-sizedknee-length skirt (32" waist and 24" long), I used apiece that was 54" wide and about 30" long.Cotton thread in the same or contrasting colorSewing machine with a 90/14 needle (ball point orstretch needles are best)3/8" elastic, about a yardElastic guide (available at sewing stores) or largesafety pinPinsGood scissorsAn A-line skirt that fits you well as a guidelineMeasuring tapeIronMaking an a-line skirt is a great sewing project for beginners and expertsalike, and an easy way to punch up a blah wardrobe. They are also a snap tomake, so grab some fabric, pull out the sewing machine, pour yourself a bigold cup of coffee and get sewing!
Fold your piece of material in half, with the finished (selvage) edges of thematerial together, wrong side out. Put your skirt (you know, the one that fitsyou perfectly) down on top of the fabric, flat and face up, so that one side isclosest to the selvage edge and one side is closest to the fold.Now it's time to cut. Cut around the outline of the skirt, leaving an extra 1/2-1" of material on the sides and an extra 1 1/2-2" on the top and bottom (thisextra material will become the waistband, hem and sides of your new cutie).You will end up with two trapezoid-shaped pieces, larger than the finishedskirt will be, that will become the front and back of it.If your fabric isn't wide enough to cut both pieces out when it's folded over,ust cut them out separately. If it isn't very stretchy, allow some extra room onthe sides to slip the skirt on. This is a simple, forgiving pattern, so you don'thave to stress about it, luckily! If it turns out way too small, you can take theside seams out and add panels of fabric to create more room.After you've cut out the two pieces, fold them down the middle to check thesides, top and bottom for symmetry. This doesn't have to be extremelyprecise, but it's better to leave too much than too little--you can always tweak & narrow a skirt that's too big, but it's kinda tough to add fabric when theskirt is too tight or too short. Check to see that the flare will be roughly