DIY ballet skirt. Want to make your own?

An easy to make your own ballet skirt

DIY ballet skirt
DIY ballet skirt

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!

DIY ballet skirt
Making a ballet skirt to match leotard and ballerina glitter stretch band. A ballet class ensemble!

Tip #2:

use a rotary cutter and mat if you have them. Not necessary, but makes the task simpler!

Step One DIY ballet skirt

DIY ballet skirt
Fold 1.5 yards of 54″ fabric in 1/2 on the bias. If you want it longer than my skirt, just cut the length longer. Step 2 follows this photo

 

 

DIY ballet skirt
After folding your fabric in 1/2 on the bias, place the skirt you are using for a pattern on top. Pin. Proceed to next photo.
DIY ballet skirt
Make first cut through the bottom layers of the new skirt fabric.  I use my clear large ruler to help weight the fabric as you cut. If you want to make the waist larger than 29-30″, do not cut yet but look at next gallery of photos!

Tip #3:

I use my clear large ruler to help weight the fabric as you cut. You could use a large book or two instead.

 

DIY ballet skirt
Lay your best fitting ballet skirt on top of your fabric. Cut around the top skirt through the bottom layers.
DIY ballet skirt
Trim close to the top skirt which acts as a pattern.

 

DIY ballet skirt
For a larger waist than 29-30″, place the skirt you are using as the pattern; 2-4″ away from the fold. This will allow you to have more fabric at the center and a larger waist circumference!
DIY ballet skirt Plus size
For a larger waist than 29-30″, place the skirt you are using as the pattern; 2-4″ away from the fold. This will allow you to have more fabric at the center and a larger waist circumference!
DIY ballet skirt
Serging the edges of the skirt with a rolled hem stitch.
DIY ballet skirt
Closeup of a serged rolled hem. The same as I use on the linings of my tulle skirts.
DIY ballet skirt
Fold spare fabric in 1/2, cut off 2″ strips to make waistband.
DIY ballet skirt
Measure bias cut strips to 2″
DIY ballet skirt tutorial
Cut 2″ strips of the bias cut fabric. I prefer to use a rotary cutter and mat. You can use scissors too. Be sure to measure accurately!
My ties came out to be: 39″, add on ties 30″ and 10″. Make sure that the ties will be long enough to wrap around your waist. I folded the pieces in 1/2 and sewed them together before pinning on the skirt waist below.

If you have a serger, the waist band edge is serged and sewn together in one step with a flatlock stitch.

 

 

 

 

 

Pin the waistband of the DIY ballet skirt
After sewing waist band together and finishing edge, pin waist band onto skirt prior to sewing

Tip #4:

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!

DIY ballet skirt
Attaching waist band on to skirt.
DIY ballet skirt
Joining the end waist band pieces onto waist band. Overlap and stitch.
DIY ballet skirt
After joining the end waist band pieces onto waist band. Sew in a square shape to make connection very secure!

 

DIY ballet skirt
Wrap and tie!
DIY ballet skirt
Making a ballet skirt to match leotard and ballerina glitter stretch band. A ballet class ensemble!

 

 

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About Sarah Arnold

Ballet blogger, ballet teacher and adult ballerina. Creator of TutusChic and Sans Souci Printables.

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