Whip Up a Super-Simple Tucked Skirt
In SewStylish Fall 2011 (on newsstands now), the article "Serge So Fine" explains an easy technique to create tucks in fabric with your serger's rolled-hem stitch.
Here's a super easy way to turn that tucked fabric into a sweet garment - no pattern required! This skirt is made from rectangles sewn to a fabric-covered elastic waistband.
You'll need to serge tucks according to the technique described in the article on at least 2 yards of 60-inch wide, light-weight fabric. You'll also need a length of 1-inch-wide non-roll elastic. You can sew the skirt together on your serger or on a regular sewing machine.
Cut the Skirt Pieces
1) Measure your hip circumference and add 20 inches. Divide the total in half. Cut two panels of the tucked fabric on the cross-grain to this width and as long on the straight-grain as you want the finished skirt to be. The skirt shown is 20 1/2 inches from the waistband's lower edge to the hem.
2) Cut a rectangle of untucked fabric 2 3/4 inches wide and as long as the total width of the tucked panels, minus 2 inches for the skirt's side seam allowances. This is the waistband piece.
3) Measure your natural waist. Add 2 inches and cut a piece of elastic this length.