Modern Modesty – A Skirt Tutorial for Girls

I have been on a sewing spree for my little Gigi.  After looking at skirts at Wal-Mart yesterday, I’m convinced that pedophiles are sequestered in the factories overseas.

This skirt will kick off my “Modern Modesty” tutorials.  I am motivated by a combination of

Modesty, Fashion, and Quality

This is what we're aiming for.

I can’t think up cute names for the skirts, so we’re just going to call this one Skirt A.

Here are the fabric measurements that you'll need for Skirt A.

You will also need ½” elastic that is 1 inch shorter than your daughter’s waist measurement.

Getting Started with Fabric #1

Note:  What I like to do for my sewing projects is to serge (I just use the serge stitch on my sewing machine) three sides of each piece of fabric #1 (right, left, and bottom).  It’s easier for me to do this now than to do it when the skirt is finished.

1.  Take your two pieces of fabric #1 and put them right side together

The patterned side is called "The Right Side". These two pieces are offset just for photo purposes.

2.  Sew down one side using 5/8” seam allowance.  I use what I call my triple-straight stitch here.  My daughter is rough on her clothes, and I want to make sure they stay together.

The red line on the left represents where you need to sew.

3.  Press the seams open.

Seam pressed open.

4.  Turn up the bottom to the inside of the skirt by about a ½”.

Bottom folded up and pressed toward inside of skirt.

Getting Started with Fabric #2

5.  Fold fabric #2 together from bottom to top so that the right sides are facing each other.  Pin together and sew using a 3/8” seam allowance here.

Fabric #2, folded and sewn

6.  Reach your hand in and pull it right-side-out.

7.  Press fabric #2.  When I press fabric #2, I put the seam toward the back, not the bottom.

Attaching Fabric #2 to Fabric #1

8.  Pin fabric #2 across the bottom of fabric #1 from the inside.  Make sure the bottom hem is captured during the pinning all the way across.

Double-check to make sure you pinned correctly.

9.  Sew fabric #2 in place.  I always do a single stitch here, then check to make sure I caught the hem, then I triple-straight stitch across to secure it.

This is what it should look like after you attach fabric #2.

10.  Now take your skirt, place it right sides together and sew down the other side using a 5/8” seam allowance.

Sew the other side to close the skirt, using 5/8" seam allowance.

11.  Go back to the ironing board and press the seam flat.  Stay at the ironing board.

12.  While the skirt is still inside out, fold down the top toward you about 1 ½ inches.  If you’re a stickler for measurements, then go measure it and pin it then come back.  I just eyeball it.

13.  Press.

14.  Fold down again.

15.  Press.

The folded, pressed, folded, pressed waistband.

16.  To get the ruffled edge at the top of the waistband, sew around the top.  I just line up the edge of the fabric with the edge of my foot.

For the top ruffled edge of the waistband.

17.  Sew a second row at the bottom of the waistband.  NOTE: don’t close the row of stitching.  Leave approximately a 2” gap so that you have enough room to get your elastic fished through.

Make sure to leave a 2" gap between the beginning and end of your stitch.

18.  Attach your elastic to a safety pin and fish it through, making sure the elastic doesn’t get turned.

Gone Fishin'

19.  Sew the elastic together.

Make sure the elastic is not turned before you sew it.

20.  Sew the gap closed.

21.  Turn it right-side out.  Ta-da!  You now have a skirt!

Now for the most important step:

22.  Take lots of photos of your beautiful darling and share with the world!

Love her!


Tutorial on the way!

Sweet and Sassy Tutorial on the Way


Pretty in Pink Tutorial on the Way


5 thoughts on “Modern Modesty – A Skirt Tutorial for Girls

  1. Enjoy reading your all your post! So when will you do one of these step by step directions for turning mens jeans into skirts? Hopefully once I get done with this college I can learn how to sew and cook! LOL… I’m being serious 🙂

    • I will have to add that to my sewing studies! I am so glad you are reading along! And I have no doubt that you will be able to cook like a pro. Both of your parents can throw down in the kitchen! Miss you!

  2. That is adorable and so fast & easy, too! Wonderful tutorial. And yes, I have to agree that pedophiles run the children’s clothing industry. Modern modesty is very hard to find and we sew alot of my daughters clothing because thats the only way for her to have cute modest clothes. Can’t wat to see the next skirt.

    • I just bought a ton of new fabric! I’ve been meaning to do a post on it for two days but the whirlwind that is my life has gotten in the way. Coming soon–maybe tonight?

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