How to make a poofy high waist skirt

Sonal BangiaSep 17 2011


The poofy high waist skirt is in fashion for the entire year. The high waistband of the skirt helps to accentuate the comparatively small part of the torso and thus gives a fun look. This skirt gives a very fun filled girly look. Along with the look is an equal amount of comfort that you get with this skirt. It is very easy to make this skirt and according to your own preference, you can decide upon the length that you want and take the decision on the kind of fabric that you want to use. There are different patterns and styles that you can choose from and thus make variety of skirts for specific occasions.

Poofy high waist skirt
Poofy high waist skirt

Complexity level: Easy

Time required: Half an hour

Estimated cost: $ 4-5

Resources required:

  1. Fabric measuring 2 to 3 yards.
  2. Elastic measuring 1 to 2 yards
  3. Threads of different colors
  4. Iron
  5. Measuring tape
  6. Straight pins
  7. Sewing machine

Step 1: Measurement

The first step is to take the measurements of the person for whom you want to make the skirt. So for this purpose, measure the waist length by using the measuring tape. After measuring the waist, measure the length that you would want for the skirt. You might want a knee length or an above the knee length.

Step 2: Cutting

The next step is to cut the fabric into two pieces. While cutting them measure each of the pieces and they should be of the length of the waist and should be equal. Also, consider the length that you want for the skirt. The length of the piece should be about 2 inches more than the length of the skirt.

Step 3: Placing

The third step is to place the skirt pieces on top of each other. This arrangement will give you an idea as to how will the skirt look like once it is made.

Step 4: Elastic cutting

Cut the elastic according to the size of the waist. Join the two ends of the elastic and sew them. This will change the shape of the elastic from a straight line to a circle.

Step 5: Hemming of the skirt

Once all the materials have been cut and brought into ready to make condition, the next step is to hem the skirt. Fold one fourth of the fabric of the skirt in the bottom side and iron the fold. Then fold about half an inch of the fabric from the bottom and iron it again. Now start hemming and hem the folded and ironed part of the fabric.

Step 6: Elastic placement

Now place the elastic on the skirt top and place it at regular intervals. Place it in such a manner that waistband and the right hand side of the fabric are facing each other.

Step 7: Waistband

Stretch the elastic in such a way that the elastic lies flat at the time when you are sewing the skirt. You should prefer zigzag stitches over the straight stitches because the zigzag stitches will be strong and firm.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the type of fabric that should be used?

A. The fabric that you choose will depend on the season in which you want to wear it. Suppose you want to wear it in summers, then cotton would be a good idea. While choosing the fabric also keep in mind that it should be strong and durable so that you can wear the skirt for a long period of time.

Quick tips

  • Use bright color fabric for the fun look.
  • Wear the poofy high waist skirt with a tight fitted top for the perfect look.
Thing to watch out for

  • Do not forget to keep the length of the material about two to three inches more that the actual length because some length would be used for folding and stitching.