I have been hanging onto that skirt fabric for month’s now, just waiting for the right sewing project to come along. I never in a million years thought it would end up being a simple elastic waist skirt. But after sewing up a gorgeous, and totally comfortable, knit cowl turtleneck in sweater knit material…I knew exactly the skirt I wanted to make to match my new comfy sweater.
Comfy, bulky sweaters look kind of awesome when paired with the right skirt. Sweaters can look great when paired with mini skirts or pencil skirts, and for the teeny tiny peeps – they can even look great with a midi skirt! It was a warm weather day when I took these photographs, but I cannot wait to wear this skirt with opaque tights in the cooler months.
Turtleneck sweater DIY with side vent || and easy elastic waist gathered skirt DIY.
Skill level – advanced beginner
Time needed – 2 – 4 hours
- DIY below
- Fabric – cotton print, made in France HERE
Basic sewing essentials.
HOW TO ADD A SIDE VENT TO THE COWL NECK SWEATER:
- Print out and sew cowl neck sweatshirt pattern as instructed. Alter the pattern front and back length to your desired sweater length, adding 2″ for hem seam allowance. When sewing side seam, stop 6″ short of the bottom hem.
- Turn unsewn side seam in 1/4″, and turn again 1/4″ and pin. If using sweater fabric, this fold might be more of a rolling of fabric. Sew down.
- Fold bottom hem of both the front and back under 1″ towards wrong side. Turn again 1″, pin and sew.
Additional pattern alterations used to complete my sweater look:
For a more ‘turtleneck’ look, I cut the cowl neck pattern piece much less wide then indicated. Then when sewing on, I simply stretched the turtleneck to fit the sweater’s neckline.
HOW TO SEW AN EASY ELASTIC WAIST GATHERED SKIRT:
- Cut (2) panels of fabric your desired length + hem seam allowance, selvage to selvage.
- Using either a pocket pattern piece, or your hand as a guide, cut out pockets on either side of both skirt panels, making sure they are lined up and even on all panels.
- Place front and back skirt panels right sides together. Pin and sew side seam. Finish seam edges with either a serger, zigzag stitch, or pinking shears.
- Turn skirt right side out and press. Hem the bottom of the skirt.
- Cut a piece of 2″ elastic the same size as your waist circumference. Create a circle with the elastic, overlapping the ends. Pin and sew around the ends to secure.
- Sew a basting stitch around the top edge of your skirt. Pull bobbin thread, gathering your skirt waist until it is just larger than your hip circumference.
- Slip elastic over the top of your skirt, right sides together. Pin around in 4 places and sew, stretching the elastic as you sew so that it is the same width as your skirt.
And you are finished!