Tute Review: High-waisted skirt

April 12, 2011 in Craft and Art, Design, DIY, Fashion, Style, Sustainability, Tute Review by alliemcc

{Once upon a time, there was no need to describe a skirt as “high-waisted” because everyone always wore skirts with the waistline at their natural waist, i.e. usually the narrowest part of most ladies, and therefore the most flattering to emphasize.}

{Le sigh…}

Your DIY tutorial this month is this unabashedly feminine skirt, courtesy of Out of Order.

skirt tute out of order

Image via Out of Order.

In fact, her tutorial was the inspiration and the basic method I used to make the skirt featured in my last No Pants post.


The breakdown

  • Time-consuming: This is definitely something you could do in less than an afternoon.
  • User-friendly: Defs. Simple, clear directions, and helpful photos.
  • Skill level: Advanced-beginner sewist. If you can handle straight stitching on a machine, this is a great project to push your boundaries – the elastic is a bit of a challenge, but not unmanageable.
  • Cost for materials: Depends on your taste in fabric. Average cost for a yard of printed cotton fabric is $4-6, elastic will depend on the width.



  • Change the length for a very different look.
  • Increase the width of your cut fabric to get more fullness in the skirt.
  • Upcycle a pre-loved skirt or dress or t-shirt or… My skirt above is upcycled from a thrifted men’s t-shirt.
  • Experiment with multiple layers of fabric, different shaped pattern pieces, and different types of fabric. These directions could definitely be applied to this project to create a skirt rather than a dress.

If you give it a go, let me know how it went, and send pictures! Better yet, post your pictures on my Facebook page!

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