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Elastic Fantastic

Added Dec 18, 2011

by JuliaBobbin

Melbourne, Austr...






Yes it’s a skirt. A black skirt. A black pencil skirt.

Yawn. But …

The waist band is made of elastic! Hello contours!

I made this skirt to accompany my fabulous new cardigans, but wanted a skirt that truly emphasised the feminine shape and so my discovery and love affair with elastic began! A once elastic-phobe, I have embraced the spring that is elastic. It’s so simple, but by golly it gives good shape.

For more details, photos and discoveries, visit my blog post, JuliaBobbin




Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Polyester, Wool

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    Feb 8, 2012, 09.36 PMby emlj

    Hi there! This is so beautiful and I’m trying to make one too as you inspired me…im just a bit confused though could you help? I use my regular block for a nice fitted skirt,…but do you still need a zip, and is the zip into the elastic too? I know the elastic sttretches to keep it snug but how do you get it on? :-)

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    Jan 21, 2012, 06.10 PMby josii87

    I just can say – I love your style! And I want to sew all your projects aswell!

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    Jan 10, 2012, 10.15 PMby anamonde

    wow, fits you perfect

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    Jan 4, 2012, 10.49 AMby mixtlii

    This technique looks great… A question though: the original pattern of the skirt is not well fitted, right? You didn’t alter it to fit your waist, but used the elastic instead? I’m wondering because I made a pencil skirt block that fits exactely for myself, but if I want to use an elastic belt as you do, it wouldn’t work, right? Or it would be useless?

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      Jan 8, 2012, 08.48 PMby JuliaBobbin

      Hi Mixtlii! Actually I used a skirt block that fits exactly for my self but what I did was cut the elastic belt about four cm’s shorter than my usual waist band and then stretched it to fit the circumference of the skirt waist. The effect is that it pulls you in around the waist that bit more snug without being uncomfortable, and gives you the nice shape. This means you can use it on your skirt block. Hope this helps!

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    Jan 3, 2012, 01.10 PMby buzzybee

    Yep, I like it too!

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    Dec 20, 2011, 03.01 PMby wagnerrs

    Don’t get me wrong the skirt is wonderful and I really can’t believe it has an elastic waist. However the sweaters are to die for I want to make a sweater with little bows on it, how freakin cute?

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      Jan 8, 2012, 08.49 PMby JuliaBobbin

      They are incredibly nice aren’t they!

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    Dec 19, 2011, 06.58 PMby tirrs

    I wish that one day I’ll be just that good as you! You sew fantastic! Very nice skirt!

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    Dec 19, 2011, 04.23 PMby suzeb

    Vavavoom! You’re a regular Joan Holloway in this!

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      Jan 8, 2012, 08.48 PMby JuliaBobbin

      Best compliment ever!

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    Dec 19, 2011, 02.02 PMby psychorat

    It looks fantastic, not boring at all. Great skirt!

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    Dec 19, 2011, 12.19 AMby Olivia Anne

    wow this compliments your shape so nicely, very 50s feminine!

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    Dec 18, 2011, 09.17 PMby spulford

    I have similar fit problems, and your solution is awesome! I just wish it was easier to match elastic to non-black fabrics. :) As a side note, the cardigans are GREAT. Totally deserving of a new skirt to show them off.

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      Jan 8, 2012, 08.49 PMby JuliaBobbin

      Thank you and I agree. Since making this skirt I’ve been on the look out for elastics that aren’t just white and black but it looks like an impossible mission!

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    Dec 18, 2011, 05.38 PMby 10ashus

    A fitted waist without the bulk of elastic. That is a good solution. I read your blog article. Well done.

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      Jan 8, 2012, 08.50 PMby JuliaBobbin

      Thank you for reading!

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    Dec 18, 2011, 04.08 PMby Lucha Suarez

    Nothing to yawn about at all! Sometimes the simplest garments can be the most amazing! Great job, it looks fabulous!

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    Dec 18, 2011, 11.32 AMby Redsonia

    Love the idea! Thanks for sharing.

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    Dec 18, 2011, 09.04 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    wow! look at your great shape in that skirt! very very sexy and feminin! love it!

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      Dec 18, 2011, 09.06 AMby JuliaBobbin

      Thank you Ralf! You’re too kind!

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    Dec 18, 2011, 06.51 AMby urbandon

    It certainly does emphasise the feminine shape. Very nicely.

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      Dec 18, 2011, 07.58 AMby JuliaBobbin

      Thanks Urbandon :)

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