I am pleased to be able to share my first sewing tutorial with you! I make most of my wrap ballet skirts to match my leotards. Use your favorite skirt as your pattern. If you don’t have one, borrow from a friend!
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DIY ballet skirt!
Total cost: about $5!
Tip #1: a heavier fabric like a georgette will give the best drape to the skirt. You do not want it to “bell” out at the hips if it is thin or stiff.
I have a royal blue leotard with black lace. (I sell the all black version in my shop). Black lace leotard I chose a remnant at Joann’s Fabrics of some embroidered matching royal blue georgette. It is unique, inexpensive and pretty!
I cut some FOE (foldover) black glitter elastic to make a “ballerina band” and sewed the ends together. You could also just tie the ends in a knot if you prefer. I wear the stretch band to class and/or teach. It holds back stray hairs and bangs very well!
use a rotary cutter and mat if you have them. Not necessary, but makes the task simpler!
Step One DIY ballet skirt
I use my clear large ruler to help weight the fabric as you cut. You could use a large book or two instead.
If you have a serger, the waist band edge is serged and sewn together in one step with a flatlock stitch.
If you have grosgrain ribbon, this step is even easier. Just sew the ribbon onto the waist of the skirt. Always lay the ribbon or fabric ties directly onto of the right side of the fabric. I leave about 1/2″ overlap. This way the attachment will not be bulky around your waist!