The elastic waistband skirt is usually known under the name of "the 20-minute skirt" because it literally takes you 20 minutes to sew it. It's one of the easiest skirts to create and involves only basic sewing knowledge and skills. It can be a perfect first project for a beginner seamstress.
I added some extra elements so it took me more than 20 minutes to finish the skirt. But it was worthwhile.
for the basic skirt
1 yard fabric
for the extra elements
fabric remnants for the pockets
tulle and rick rackWrap the elastic around your waist, add an extra 0.5" to the length and cut it. Place one end of the elastic on top of the other end and sew them together with a zig-zag stitch, overlapping the 0.5".
Fold your fabric in half and cut it.
Use one of the garments in your own closet to get the shape of a pocket.
Cut four pockets out of your remnant fabric. If you have more than one yard of your main fabric you can use it also for the pockets. I preferred to use another fabric for two reasons: 1 yard was all I had of the green fabric and it's cute to have the pockets of different fabric color though it's a hidden detail.
Pin the pockets to your fabric, right side of the pockets facing the right side of the skirt.
Stitch the pockets to the skirt and press them back.
Place the skirt pieces together with right sides facing each other. Stitch them together going around the pockets.
Turn the skirt and press the side seams flat.
Fold and press the bottom of the skirt to create the hem. Because the fabric sides are sealed you can stitch after the first fold and it won't fray.
I folded and pressed one more time because I wanted to get an above the knee length.
Stitch the hem.
Cut a long strip of your tulle at about 2", place the rick rack right in the middle and stitch them together to the bottom of the skirt. Wrinkle the tulle with a seam ripper or anything you find handy.
Stitch around the top with a straight stitch.
Pull the stitch until the skirt has the same length as the waistband.
Pin the skirt to the waistband.
Sew them together using a zig-zag stitch.
It makes a lovely spring or summer skirt.
If you choose to skip the tulle & rick rack stitching part, go for a bright colorful fabric so the skirt doesn't look dull.
It's not the kind of skirt I would dress when going out, but it's perfect for wearing around the house.