How to Make a Pirate Skirt

Written by heather berkowe
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How to Make a Pirate Skirt
A pirate skirt should look tattered with tears and a raw hemline, (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

The key to a good pirate skirt is an asymmetrical and uneven hemline with a gathered waistline. Any details that make the skirt look worn and tattered will make it look more authentic. Faded or old fabric, an unfinished hem, and rips or tears will work best. Any matt fabric will work; knit will be more sleek and have more drape to it and a woven fabric can be made more full. An elastic waistband makes this skirt simple and flexible.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 3 yards fabric
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 1 yard of 1-inch elastic

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  1. 1

    Cut the fabric in half along the length, creating two 1-1/2 yard lengths.

  2. 2

    Cut the elastic to be one inch smaller than the circumference of your waist.

  3. 3

    Sew the two pieces of fabric together along one length, 1/2-inch from the fabric edge, creating one long piece of fabric.

  4. 4

    Fold back the top hem of one of the pieces of fabric toward the inside of the fabric 1 1/2 inches. Place the elastic inside the fold just underneath the fold line. Fold an additional 1/2 inch of the fabric toward the inside of the garment with the elastic. The fold should be 1/2-inch below the bottom of the elastic. The elastic will be shorter than the fabric length.

  5. 5

    Sew the waistline bottom fold edge, underneath the bottom of the elastic, being careful not to catch the elastic.

  6. 6

    Stretch the elastic to reach from end to end and sew a vertical line 1/4-inch from each end to secure it.

  7. 7

    Sew the two open ends of the fabric together 1/2-inch from the fabric edge, beginning at the top edge of the elastic and sew to the bottom edge of the hem.

  8. 8

    Hang the skirt on a hanger or have someone put it on.

  9. 9

    Use the scissors to cut the hem in deep, alternating length, rugged V-s, to create the uneven hemline. Leave the hem unfinished.

Tips and warnings

  • A sewing machine can be used for any of the sewing.
  • For a sexier skirt, cut it shorter.

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