I swear Pinterest is stalking my blog. Because, let’s get real, this doesn’t seem like a coincidence to me.


Yes, Pinterest has taken the whole high low skirt up a notch by showcasing sheer fabrics with a dramatic rise in the front, and just the perfect amount of ruffles to make the whole thing so delicately feminine that it hurts.

But…I’m sure they were inspired by me and my homemade high low turquoise number. Pretty damn sure over here…

Anywho, you guys are in luck today. I’m not featuring a tiny tank or a refitted men’s shirt. But you’re not so lucky that you escaped another elastic waist skirt. (Insert terrifying witch cackle here).

Have you seen this sheer skirt trend? Do you love it? I do.

Yes, I promise, there is a liner under there. An elastic waist skirt is one of the easiest pieces of clothing to whip up in an afternoon. This one took me less than two hours!

So without further ado, here’s a fun little tutorial for creating this sheer elastic waist skirt with a built-in short slip in seven easy steps!

1. Find yourself about 1.5 yards of sheer fabric. Mine was an ikat print that I intended to use for this project.

2. Cut the fabric into a 41″ by 45″ rectangle. Fold that rectangle in half with the 41″ edges together. Pin and serge (or sew with a straight stitch, and then a zig-zag stitch). Disregard my wonky skirt bottom.

3. Cut a solid piece of material (I used rayon, but any other flowy fabric that won’t get bunched up when you walk will work. I don’t recommend cotton) into a rectangle that is 15″ by 45″. Fold that rectangle in half, matching up the short edges, pin and serge. Also serge the bottom hem.

4. Pin the solid colored liner to the inside of the sheer, serged rectangle matching up the serged seams. Make sure that the right side of the solid colored fabric is against the wrong side of the sheer fabric.

5. Serge the liner and sheer fabric together.

6. Cut a 26″ piece of elastic for a size 4/6 and sew the short edges together. Pin the circle of elastic to the serged waist using this method. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

7. For the skirt hem, fold over the skirt 3/4″, then fold over 3/4″ again and press. Pin and sew a straight stitch with a 1/4″ topstitch.

The final product wasn’t half bad. With a thrifted chambray and strappy brown sandals, it’s a great, functional outfit.

I’m considering inserting a slit that goes just above mid knee offset to the left, as this puppy is a tad difficult to walk long distances in. The diameter of the skirt circle is just short of a full stride, forcing you to do that shuffle type walk thing. If you pull up the skirt to make your stride bigger, you run the risk of pulling up the liner, exposing yourself to onlookers. Trust me, I know. My point: If you walk a lot, insert a slit.

On Saturday, I am off to my old stomping grounds, Portland, OR, and you can bet I’m bringing my sheer skirt with me.  Along with my high low skirt and tiny tank. Get excited.

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  1. Great skirt! Have fun in PDX. Super jealous.

  2. I need to learn to sew. Or rather, I want to! Everything you make is adorable!

  3. This weekend I scored an awesome light fabric that happens to be ikat as well.. and I immediately thought of this skirt! Also, please note my comment on this post from last August. You’re such an inspiraton :)

  4. Love it!! Thanks! Will definitely be using this tutorial:) where did you purchase the ikat fabric??

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