Did you know there was such a month as National Serger Month?! I only learned of it this year, or I would have been celebrating all my life. BabyLock has put together a free pattern book, all about sewing with a serger. I have this easy Maxi Skirt included.
Materials: 2-2 1/2 yards knit fabric
waist circumference plus 1" of 1"-3" (depending on preference) elastic
1-Start by cutting an A-line skirt, flaring it as much as you prefer. Cut the waist half your waist measurement adding 1/2" on both sides for seam allowance. I use my measuring tape to keep a straight line from the waist to the hem.
2-Cut your waistband double the width of your chosen size elastic, adding 1/2" on both sides. The elastic as well as the waistband fabric should be the circumference of your waist plus 1".3-Serge the waistband and the two sides of the skirt, right sides together. Zig-zag stitch the elastic, overlapping 1/2".
4-Wrap waistband over elastic, lining up the seams. Make sure the elastic is pressed up against the fold crease and that the raw edges of the fabric are lined up.
5-Pin the waistband to the skirt, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, lining the seem up in the center back of the skirt.
6-Serge waistband to skirt, stretching the fabrics, if necessary, to feed evenly through the serger.
7-Hem using a coverstitch on your serger, or a double needle on your sewing machine. And there you have a covered, professional looking waistband maxi skirt!
Olive now matches my painted patio and I might make her just stay there so I can admire the coordination of the two. ;)