Quick Summer Skirt- perfect for twirls

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Today’s work in progress is a quick summer skirt and boy, do I mean quick!  Missy S has end of grade testing this week and was feeling punky about it. But when I suggested we create something fun to wear a smile appeared.

Quick Summer Skirt


Quick and East Summer Skirt | The Sewing Loft

To give you an idea of just how fast this project was let’s chat about the timeline.  She started checking out my fabric stash around 5pm, picked out a few fabrics and then I showed her the skirt picture.  Once she was all in, I needed to think about the elastic.  That meant, I needed to scramble through my trim box and find something quick.  All said and done, she was twirling in this easy skirt by 6:30 and what a relief since the sun was fading and I needed to get dinner on the table.

 This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button


  • knit fabric
  • 3/4″ to 1″ wide elastic
  • Sewing machine (serger or standard)
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins

**This how to is focused around using a serger. But do not worry- you can use a standard machine set to a stretch stitch.  Refer to your owner’s manual.

Basic Instructions:

  1. I used this square circle skirt tutorial as my starting point, added an additional shorter layer in contrast fabric and a simple waistband.
  2. To create a waistband, I cut a 3″ wide straight band to fit around her waist + 1/2″ for seam allowance.
  3. Match the right sides of the waistband together and stitch the short sides together. This will create a circle. Fold the waistband in half with wrong sides together and section it into 4 parts adding a pin for placement.  Match your waistband to your markings on skirt.
  4. Attach your waistband to skirt leaving a 1″ opening.  *If you are creating the double layer be sure to capture both layers.
  5. Cut your elastic to size and slip through the waistband.  Be sure it is not twisted, overlap and stitch together.  Finish attaching your waistband.
  6. Tuck your tails in and you are all set for twirling!  Seriously, this is a 20-minute skirt.  Super quick.

Quick Summer Skirt | The Sewing Loft


This easy summer skirt is a great way to use a few smaller cuts from any fabric stash. (Which mine is always out of control!) However, if you are looking for a more grown up skirt you might want to check out this easy knit skirt.  It is just as fast and requires no elastic.

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  1. How’d you determine the size of the central circle? I could see using thrift store circular table cloths for this as well! talk about quick and easy??? premade ruffles or lace – too kewl.

  2. freetoairphoenix says

    For girls? I’ll make one for women. Me! This advice tid-bit I am about to share is redundant, but I like to hear myself saying it: for cheap fabrics: THRIFT STORE. I acquire 100% linen from US as opposed to lower quality product that Wal-mart supplies. The fabrics they supply at ours are all “imported” (China) I gave up on Wal mart and Target long ago, their quality is very poor. Some people have gotten so used to the poorer quality stuff it no longer is less than satisfactory, the poor quality items have become so common-place it is no longer recognizable, and we end up putting up with less product. I also find that not only avoiding China imports, and seeking older, vintage items I find much sturdier, and better crafted items. This even includes the very stitching on garments, the vintage stuff is made with such care and pride of craftsmanship. The newer stuff just doesn’t cut it.

  3. Brother Embroidery Machines says

    Great work, Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Katie Alba says

    This skirt gives me just the kind of slightly different that I like. Really want to try it out.

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