12.17.11Fifth Skirt of Christmas: Delia Creates

Happy Fifth Day of Christmas!!! Do you know those ladies who have absolutely fabulous style? The type who some how make grey yoga pants and a black shirt look glamorous? The type you slowly follow around the store just to see what they are going to buy so you can buy it too? Delia from Delia Creates is that women to me.
Whenever I think of her that word always pops into my mind “Flawless”. Of course she doesn’t disappoint with her Christmas skirt post, even though she is preggers and probably so tired. I wish I had this skirt a few months ago!
Hi there! I’m Delia from Delia Creates. I like to dabble in a lot of mediums but today I’m grateful for an excuse to bring out my sewing machine.

I am expecting our third child this next March and am progressively running out of things to wear that fit.

So on the fifth day, you get a skirt for a nice round, jolly belly. ;) Seems appropriately festive.
I have a older Liz Lange black jersey stretchy pencil skirt from Target that is quite flattering and easy to wear. This is just a copy of it but with a wider, more comfortable waistband.
The measurements I share are for a size medium maternity skirt. I am normally a size 4-6 pant size and am 6 months pregnant. The skirt looks best when you are 5 months along or more…or further along if it’s your first. This is my third pregnancy, so I’m already big enough that people are asking “Any day now, huh?” Gotta love the awkward look on their face when I respond with, “Actually I still have three months left. ” :) ha ha..
I also kind of waddle already because I have a bad back. Doesn’t help my case too much.
Okay…so onto making the skirt.
You will need:
About 1- 1 1/4 yard of knit/stretchy/jersey fabric. I found this cotton knit at Hobby Lobby for about $4 or so – total {with a coupon}.
I used my black skirt as a template and just extended the length a bit.
The front panel to the skirt is about 21 inches wide and 27 inches long at the tallest part. You want it to rise in the middle of the waist about 2 1/2 inches to accommodate a pregnant belly.
You will also notice a slight rise out at the hips and taper at the bottom. I don’t think this has to be super exact since you are working with knit and it all stretches anyway.
The back panel of the skirt is about 18 inches wide and 25 inches long. As you can see I cut everything on a fold to make it even.

 

Instead of an elastic waistband I added a knit one for more comfort. I measured around my lower ribcage where I wanted the top of the skirt to sit which was about 30 inches.
So, this band is 30 inches by 6 1/2 inches {which will be folded in half long ways in just a second.} You don’t want to add extra for seam allowance because you want it to be nice and snug. Actually, I wish I had taken another half inch out to make it an even better fit.
Pin your front and back panel together, right sides facing. I used lots of pins because the knit fabric stretches easily and can get uneven while you’re sewing.

 

 

 I sewed up the sides with a straight stitch with 1/4 seam allowance, then laid that seam allowance to one side and sewed a parallel line to the seam. This makes it a little neater looking and reinforces the seam.
 I turned the skirt right side out and marked the middle of the front and back of the skirt with two pins.
I then folded the waistband over and marked the middle and sides of the waistband with green pins. The pink pins are solely for keeping the waistband evenly folded while I sew.

 

Slide the waistband down over the skirt. Match the green pins to the pins on the skirt and the side seams.  The waistband is smaller than the skirt so there should be slack fabric between the pins.

 

 Pull the waist band taut to fit the skirt as you sew from pin to pin.
 Which should give you a gather at the waist.
The front will be more gathered than the back.
 Hem the bottom. I recommend a double needle stitch so that it will stretch with you as you walk.
{I didn’t have two spools to do this, so I just sewed two straight lines. Looks okay but bugs a bit me when I kneel and stuff…just saying..}

 

I finished this off with a quick press from a hot iron and that’s it!
Easy enough.

 

And so comfy.
If you’re wondering about this yellow cardigan {that I probably wear a bit too often}go here.
 And excuse the picture of my butt, but I wanted to show you the side and the back.
It does like to cling because of the nature of the fabric.
I recommend wearing a slip underneath if you’re wearing tights  or leggings
Or…if you can find a slicker polyester type knit, it might work a little nicer. My black one is made out of a material more like that, but finding it by the bolt around town is not always possible.
Thanks for having me over Kelly!
Merry Crafting!

11 thoughts on “Fifth Skirt of Christmas: Delia Creates

  1. Alicia G

    You are an absolutely beautiful mamma to be (again). Don’t let those pesky naive people get you down with their awkward reactions, pregnancy is beautiful! Fab tutorial, thanks for sharing it.

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  2. Jaan

    The skirt is to cute, along with the baby bump, and everything else. Wish I had it when I had my ‘bump’. Thanks. And HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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  3. Ciera Haynes-Brodowska

    Hey! I was just wondering if you would be interested in making and selling one or two? I don’t have a sewing machine and well…I don’t know how to sew. haha I’m 4 months pregnant with my second baby and I’m going to continue going to school this spring and this looks like something I would wear everyday. If not I understand, but let me know! Merry Christmas!

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