How to Make a No Waistband Skirt

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Things You'll Need

  • Two yards fabric with elasticity
  • Thread in a matching color
  • Sewing machine

Amateur seamstresses tend to veer away from making skirts because of the mistaken idea that sewing a skirt is a complicated process. Sewing a skirt with no waistband is a simple sewing project. This project requires an understanding of the basic running stitch and can be completed in one afternoon. Sewing a skirt with no waistband is a method of designing clothes with a custom style that are fitted to the wearer’s body.

Turn the fabric inside out and wrap the fabric loosely around the waist. Insert straight pins into the fabric vertically where the edges meet to secure the skirt.

Take the skirt off. Pull the fabric taught and insert pins down the vertical seam 1 inch from the location of the seam.

Put a hot iron over the seams and press them flat so that the edges of the seam are clearly visible. This way the seams will lie flat and straight for sewing. At this point, the skirt will look like a large tube. Stitch side seam, using a 5/8-inch seam allowance. Press seam open.

Fold the top 1 inch of the fabric down to form a seam along the edge of the fabric. Insert straight pins into the skirt so that a seam is formed at the top of the skirt where the waistband would be. Sew top seam.

Fold the hem under 1/4 inch and press. Fold under 1 inch again and pin. Stitch hem.

Iron all of the seams so that they lay flat.


  • Add decorative detail to the skirt by using a running stitch to attach a length of rickrack or lace trim to the hem. Use a stretchy fabric for this pattern, since it has no elastic waist or zipper. Do not use cotton or cotton-polyester blend.


  • If the skirt fits too snugly, add circumference from the waist to the hem to add width to the skirt.


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Sarah Scott has been writing for a variety of publications since 1994. Scott majored in English at California State University in Sacramento. She has worked as a teacher and tutor and enjoys teaching others. Her experience includes news copy, online articles, technical manuals as well as printed business advertisements.

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