Life is Beautiful: vertical ruffle skirt with a black elastic waistband


vertical ruffle skirt with a black elastic waistband

last week i made a ruffle dress for my girls and had some leftover fabric.
the cool thing with the ruffle fabric (besides the obvious that it's pre-ruffled)
is that when you hold the fabric one way, the ruffles are horizontal,
and when you hold it the other way, the ruffles go vertical.

horizontal ruffles
vertical ruffles

isn't that so cool? :)
so i made vertical ruffle skirts with a black elastic waistband

what you'll need:
1/3-1/4 yard of fabric
3/4" black elastic
matching thread for the elastic
matching thread for the fabric(*not pictured)

1.  measure the waist by wrapping the elastic around the waist +PLUS 3/4".
cut the elastic with the scissors.

2. fold the elastic in half, then lay it on top of the fabric. 
(make sure the ruffles are going down vertically)

3. cut the fabric in a a-line skirt form,
the top width matching the width of the elastic +plus 1 1/2".

*the fabric is very stretchy but if you're not working with a stretchy fabric,
OR if you're making this for an adult, use this tutorial.
this pattern is only for little girls/babies with no hips.

4. put the two fabrics the right sides together so the wrong side is facing you.
then pin the sides and make sure the ruffles are tucked in.
(the left side of the picture is the right way, the right side the wrong way)

5. thread the sewing machine with black thread.  then sew the two ends
of the elastic together with a 1/4-1/8" seam.

6. flip the elastic the other side out so the ends that you just sewed is on the inside.

7. pin the waist part of the skirt around the black elastic
so that the fabric is underneath the elastic, covering about 1/2 of the elastic.

8. sew along the end of the elastic that's touching the fabric in zig zags.
(the zig zags will make sure the elastic stretches a lot)
make sure to look on the insides of the skirt as you're sewing
to make sure you're sewing the fabric onto the elastic.

and it's complete! 
(there's no need to seam the bottom of the skirt since knit fabrics won't fray!

i wanted to cut the bottom to a few inches above the knee to pair it with
leggings and boots but my girls insisted they liked it long so i kept it long. :)

estimated time: 25 mins.
estimated budget: very reasonable (for me it was about $3 each)
skill level: a confident beginner

p.s: all the headbands at my store are only $19.99 this week!
that is an amazing deal if i say so myself!!


  1. Adorable!

    Susan and Bentley

  2. So Cute! I would Love to know where you found the Ruffled Fabric??

    Huggs, Nancy

  3. I LOVE it! What a great idea to turn it sideways!!

  4. this is adorable on little girls, but i would love to do this for myself! :)

  5. I would love to make one of these for myself! Now I just have to find somewhere that carries ruffle fabric that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. ;)

  6. Wow, I want to try this for my niece. So cute!

  7. Oh my, I've been eyeing some ruffle fabric this week... now I'm even more tempted... eek!! Thanks for sharing though :)

  8. I absolutely love the look of this skirt!

  9. Love it--and the vertical would make you look taller and slimmer--love it!

  10. The blog was absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information and
    inspiration, both of which we all need!b Keep 'em coming... you all do
    such a great job at such Concepts... can't tell you how much I, for
    one appreciate all you do!

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  11. This is such a sassy, precious skirt! You create some really cute stuff and your family is stunning! :)

  12. thanks for linking to Take-a-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!! - Mandy,

  13. Very cute skirts!!!! My Girls would love these!

    I would love if you would share with my Blog Stalking Thursday Linky Party.
    See You There!

  14. These are awesome! I know you made yours for your girls, but I want to make one for myself. I almost bought a skirt that had a ruffle like this, except the skirt was $60. I think I can make one for less then that! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. I am ruffle's fan :D I love evrything that comes in ruffles and I obviously love your skirts. Good idea and I will surely try it...I hope I get it right as I am not very talented when it comes to sewing :) But if I get it right I will accessorize it with one of my luxury watches and it will be a killer outfit.

  16. I LOVE that fabric! I featured you on my blog tonight! Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday :) Come grab a button!

  17. LOVE the vertical ruffles!! Please come link this up to my 'ruffled fabric linky party'! Everyone will love it!

  18. I would love to make a adult version but the link didn't seem to help any.


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