This was my inspiration: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp;jsessionid=0EC9B95BD2B45B60174C3C7851F19F61.app13-node3?itemdescription=true&itemCount=60&id=14155816&parentid=W_APP_SKIRTS&sortProperties=+product.marketingPriority,-product.startDate&navCount=259&navAction=poppushpush&color=
This was the end result:
(belt not included, of course)
And this is how to get there. (It's best to use a stretchy fabric, unless you want a skirt that doesn't fit, because these directions will get you a skirt that fits rather well.)
We shall start with drafting a simple waistband. For those who don't know how, I will direct.
First: measure where you want the skirt to rise (low waist, hips, waist, etc.), divide by two, and add your seam allowance. I used 5/8 inch, but you can do whatever. Decide how wide you want the waistband and multiply by two, then add seam allowance to the bottom. This makes it so you don't have to hem anything, one of my pet peeves.
Cut that out of the fabric. You got it? Now put it aside and read on.
Decide how much you want the skirt to actually "poof (for lack of a better term)." I did this by measuring around where I actually wanted the skirt to stop (that measurement will come in handy, again) and adding a few inches. Across the bottom, mine is 38 inches, a full 8 inches bigger than the bottom band.
Measure where you want the skirt to rise again, and draft a pattern from that measurement and the measurement above. Here's mine:
Now for the bottom band. Did you measure around your legs where you want the skirt to end? No? Well, you need to. I picked the widest part of my thighs, which is not where I want the skirt to stop, exactly, but will make the skirt a tad more roomy, and still pleaty. Mine was 30.
How wide do you want the bottom band to be? Good, times that by two; you'll be folding THAT in half too (no hem, no pain). Take the bottom band measurement and the width and make a pattern from that.
Well, you don't have to, but it makes it easier than just tracing it on the fabric if you ever want to make another. See? I think ahead.
Voila! You've got all your pattern pieces. Is this what you have?:
Yes? Then proceed. No? Then...you messed up somewhere.
Okay, cut two of each piece. Am I making sense so far? Good.
So you got your pieces, now. Good, this is the easy part.
Sew together the two skirt pieces. Right sides together, and all that jazz.
Fold the bottom band pieces in half (RIGHT SIDES ON THE OUTSIDE!) and sew them together (doesn't really matter which sides together, the right side will come out on the right side).
While you're at it, go ahead and do the same thing with the waistband (fold in half, sew.) We're multitaskers here.
Good, so everything is sewn, just not together. Good. Now, right sides together (in case you haven't caught on yet), pin the bottom band to the bottom of the skirt. Do this by turning the skirt inside out, and inserting the band (right side out) into it, and pin the side seams together. Make pleats (I fit four, try not to make them too big, or it'll look weird, and make sure they are equal in quantity on front and back and on placement and there are no bumps) and pin in place until they are the same length.
Does it look like this?:
(Close up of pleat:)
Good, sew it.
Have you sewn the waistband to the skirt? You have!? Well, guess what?
And it took no time at all. Saved you forty bucks, huh?
P.S. This is my first tutorial, ya'll! And my first time making a skirt like this. Please be gentle. And tell me if you use it or have ANY problems. I know it may be a no brainer, but, some people are no brainers, too, if you catch my drift.