Gathered Skirt with a Ribbon Accent

Size: Skirt length 75.5cm

The featured project is an easy-to-make skirt only requiring simple cutting, sewing and finishing with elastic tape. The fabric used is Cross from the TSUMIKI series. It is a lovely textile with uneven flocking print. A popular blogger and handcraft artist, Yuki Inomata is here to introduce her creation.

Design & Work: Yuki Inomata

Fabric shown for this sample:
 TSUMIKI PG102-1 (B)

□ Fabric: 90cm×1.4m
□ Elastic Tape: 70cm x 2cm wide


We interviewed Yuki about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
When I first saw the fabric, it did not inspire me to make a bag. The flocking treatment throughout the fabric is so lovely that I wanted to make a piece of clothing to make use of it

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The most distinguished characteristic is the use of the fabric edge as the hem. The treatment on the fringe is another unique accent. The ribbon part uses the flocking inside out, creating a different feel for the same material.

KF: What are some tips for making this skirt?
It’s an easy-to-make skirt only requiring simple cutting, sewing and finishing with elastic tape. I came up with the instructions without a pattern and easy steps. You can make it easily as long as you have the required measurement of fabric. It will make me happy to see people making this skirt when they encounter a fabric they like.

KF: How should we wear this skirt in everyday situations?
Featuring two different designs on both sides, it has the feel of a wraparound skirt, with an addition of ribbon to create a high-end look. The finished design allows you to enjoy the skirt in different positions with ribbons on the side, front or on the back. The color of the skirt may be too light for the fall/winter season, but it can be balanced by coordinating with deeper color leggings or stirrup pants underneath, looking stylish with ankle boots. For summer, it can be enjoyed cool and casually with a pair of sandals. It is a slightly translucent material, so you will want to put on something underneath.

KF: Thank you very much, Yuki! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!


The flocking design on both sides are used as hems.
The measurement is 70cm (l) x 80cm (w) and cut two pieces.
For the strap, you need two pieces of fabric each measuring 70cm (l) x 4.5cm (w)

Fold the strap fabric in four, with the flocking surface facing each other. Fold one end as shown. Sew the edge to make two pieces of strap.

Mark the strap location on the skirt at 8cm from the top. Baste the strap (on both sides).

With the front sides facing each other, sew one side of the skirt fabrics.

Leave an opening for elastic tape on the other side as shown. (Sew 2cm from the top, leave 2cm open and continue to sew the rest.)

Serge or run zigzag stitches over the seam.
For the opening for elastic tape, cut and open the seam at 5cm from the top. Run zigzag stitches beneath the opening.

Fold the seam for 1cm, pin it and sew the edge without going over the strap. Then run stitches over the top at 5mm from the edge.

Put the elastic through and secure it to finish.

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)