Views: 6365

Start Your Free Trial Now

Join now for unlimited access
to the library of video courses

Garments you can make using this technology:


  • How to turn a seemingly plain skirt into a luxury skirt;
  • What secret know-how’s and tricks can help you achieve the goal;
  • How to make the skirt hold its shape in all situations;
  • There will be a detailed materials consumption presented at the end of the course.
  • And, most importantly, we will go through all stages of the process: from choosing the fabrics to examining the finished garment.

Where to use:

  • Elastic waistband skirt is a classic type of a wedding skirt which has been and will always remain one of the most popular and sought-after garments for any bride who wishes to look like a true princess on her special day.

Author: Julia Trofimova

Total length: 2h 13m

Tutorial 1. Required Materials and Measurements. Pattern Calculation.

I will use the following materials for my full skirt with elastic waistband:

- Lining fabric. You can use plain lining fabric for a low-budget version or crepe-back satin for a more expensive version.

- Veiling. Since it is the main material, it must be chosen very carefully. I use medium-density veiling sold per roll in online stores. It helps me cut down the costs of production.

- Zipper.

- Petticoat. I will use a plain inexpensive petticoat with seven hoops. You can use a petticoat with five hoops: it won’t make a big difference. The distance between the top edge and the top hoop is usually the same regardless of the amount of hoops.

I will sew the skirt to a bodice which was made using the technique for sewing non-see-through (opaque) corsets and the patterns from the corresponding books by the Corset Academy. I have intentionally made the task harder by choosing a bodice with a V-shaped bottom edge.

You need to know the following measurements to calculate and cut the skirt (I took them off the bodice put on the dress-form):

- Waist Circumference. This measurement is taken at the supposed level of the top edge of the skirt. It is usually 4cm below the waistline. I got 77cm.

- Skirt Length. I will use the standard length of 120cm.

- Centre Waist to Bottom Sharp Point. It is 7cm in my case.

The process of cutting an elastic waistband skirt is very simple and you are already familiar with it.

The base is a half-circle skirt cut from the lining fabric.

The main layers are cut from the veiling.

The half-circle skirt is calculated based on the following formula:

πR = Waist Circumference.

Let us find the radius of the skirt (R):

πR = 77cm

R = 25cm

You can cut a half-circle skirt knowing the radius and the length.

I will make the radius a little bigger just in case:

R = 26cm

The lining skirt is normally made 10-20cm shorter than the main veiling skirt.

My veiling fabric is wide enough (150cm) to fit everything, even with a skirt length of 120cm and a radius of 26cm.

When cutting the lining, I will make it 15cm shorter than the main skirt.

120cm – 15cm = 105cm

I will cut the skirt right on the table using the method described in the previous books by the Corset Academy, i.e. by folding the fabric in a triangle.

I will also account for the fact that the skirt needs to be sewn to a bodice with a V-shaped bottom edge the bottom point of which reaches 7cm below the waistline.

Become a member to have access to sewing patterns!

Upgrade to the Premium membership to get your personal diploma!


The example of the diploma:


Wedding Dress with Built-in Corset

29,846 designers already enjoy the pattern

My skill level


100% Privacy. We will never spam you!