DIY Dance Skirt

My daughter loves her dance classes and is so excited to be going back to class this week. I have had a dance skirt on my sewing list for awhile and last night I finally tackled it. I used this tutorial from skirt as top for inspiration, but modified and changed it quite a bit.

I wanted a skirt that had a finished waist of 21" and was 12" long. I cut two pieces for this skirt: a hot pink chiffon piece that was 14" times the width of fabric and a cotton piece that was 3" x 30". I also used a piece of 1/2" elastic that was approximately 22" long.

I hemmed the bottom of the chiffon fabric, created the waistband out of the cotton, gathered the chiffon to fit the waist, then sewed it into the waistband. Then I threaded the elastic through the waistband, tacked it down at both ends, and sewed the skirt together using a french seam. If there is any interest, please leave me a comment, and I may try a tutorial with some pictures of each step.

She is pleased with how it turned out and had to try it on this morning. This cost around $5 or less to make - much cheaper than the ones in stores that are $12-$15 each. I have some pale green chiffon and a dark purple to make a couple more.

I'm linking up to Made by You Mondays at Skip to My Lou!


It is very cute! Great job!!! Was the chiffon hard to work with?