Easy Skirts

PacoPeralta-ThumbBy Guest Sewer, Paco Peralta

I became friends with Paco Peralta via Facebook and really liked these beautiful, simple skirts he has created. Since skirts are great projects for Spring/Summer, I invited him to write a guest blog to demonstrate his technique and to inspire the Power Sewing community to sew these skirts for themselves. Thank you, Paco! ~Sandra

Greetings from Barcelona, Spain! I salute all the visitors and followers of this website and thank Sandra for this opportunity and for introducing me to this community of sewing enthusiasts and sewing professionals.

I believe that making your own clothes is much more than a beautiful hobby. It is the perfect means to obtain a wardrobe with our own touch of personality. It is playing with our inspiration to obtain garments that reflect our personal style. Through all this, we  achieve an enjoyable sensation, satisfaction and great self-assurance.

There are times when  certain elements often create obstacles that may cause us to lose our stamina or to give up on a project. Because of this, I have found that once in a while, it is good to make garments that don’t take many materials, fabric and time.

Easy Skirts by Paco Peralta

While recently organizing my fabric stash, I found several fabric pieces of vintage linen and cotton that have been in my stash for years. These fabrics, ideal for spring and summer, provided me with the inspiration to make a series of “easy” skirts (easy in concept, easy in making and easy in wearing).  These “easy” skirts are a perfect project for all levels of sewers. The beginner will find it rewarding and successful, while the experienced dressmaker will find an “oasis” between more challenging projects.


We’ll need three fabric rectangles, each measuring 16 inches by 55 or 60 inch wide (approximately); one of these rectangles will become the hip section.

Note:  The skirts do not have any closure or separate waistband, a simple fold over elastic casing and elastic tape will provide the necessary waist adjustment.


First we stitch the only seam on the hip section (which will be the center back seam), leaving a 1 1/4 inch opening to be able to slide in the elastic later (See picture 1. Click on image to enlarge). 


Fold the upper edge (approximately 1 3/4 inch), fold under 3/8 inch evenly, press and stitch a seam close to the folded under edge, thus obtaining the casing (See Picture 2. Click on image to enlarge).


Join and stitch the remaining fabric rectangles at sides, obtaining the bottom section of the skirt; ease the top edge of the bottom section by shirring it to the hip section measure, on which we have previously marked the “center front” and sides to be able to mach both sections accordingly. Stitch both sections together (See Pictures 3 and 4. Click on each image to enlarge).


To be used with instructions above. (Click on image to enlarge)


 Make a narrow hem on the bottom of the skirt (See Picture 5. Click on image to enlarge).


Slide in the elastic tape (approximately 1 1/8 inch wide), adjusting it to the waist measure and close the opening stitching it by hand (See Pictures 6 and 7. Click on each image to enlarge).


To be used with instructions above. (Click on image to enlarge)

Voila! You have created your very own “easy skirt”!

Thank you all for reading. If you have any questions or comments about the techniques presented above, feel free to type them below.

To learn more about Paco Peralta, click here. Visit Paco’s blog to enjoy some of his work, find more sewing advice and a multitude of useful sewing links related to fashion and sewing. You can also check out his designs via his shop on Etsy.

  • Are you inspired to make this skirt? If so, don’t forget to post a picture of your creation on Power Sewing’s Garment Gallery!
  • Sandra also has some great skirt patterns for you to try. Check out Vogue 2977Vogue 1045, Vogue 1082 and Vogue 1139.  
  • Are you ready to take your sewing to the next level? Subscribe to the Power Sewing WebTV Show where Sandra and her co-host, Ron Collins, will show you techniques that will make every garment sewing project a success!
  • To learn about sewing with linen, cotton and many other types of fabrics get your copy of More Fabric Savvy.