Monday, May 16, 2011

Tutorial: Chiffon Underskirt & Sash

Please excuse the bit of radio silence there, I've been a bit busy with Sweet Matryoshka orders and working on my next line.

Here is the promised tutorial for a Chiffon Underskirt and Sash:

Sneaking a better photo of this coord in!

Because the tutorial involves chiffon I would suggest it for the intermediate seamstress; although if your determined I'm sure you can figure it out!  

Illustrations because I think they are generally easier to understand and because my sewing area isn't pretty enough for photos!


  • Chiffon (at least  1.5 yards for both sash and underskirt)
  • Lining fabric (atleast 1.5 yards)
  • Elastic
  • Sewing Machine
  • Serger
  • Matching thead for both sewing machine and serger
  • Seam ripper
  • Something to pull the elastic through, like a safety pin

Cut out your fabric.  The measurements given are for wearing with a skirt about 19-20 inches long with a 25 inch waist.  Please adjust accordingly.

Cut the skirt pieces out of the lining fabric and the ruffle and sash pieces from the chiffon

Load your serger with thread that matches the chiffon.  Serge all edges of the skirt pieces.  

Then set your serger to a tight stitch and rolled edge.  Serge all 4 of the ruffle pieces together into one long continuous piece, then serge both the top and bottoms of it.  

Use a large needle to hide the "tails" left over from the serging.

If your making the sash serge the two pieces together, then serge the top, bottom and sides.  Again use a large needle to hide the "tails" left over.

Press all the seams.  

Your sash is done!  Now to finish the underskirt

Switch over to the sewing machine.  Sew the two pieces of skirt together as pictured, into one continuous piece.  Press seams

Okay flip it "inside out" so that the seams are now on the inside.  Gather the ruffle to the bottom and sew it on.  

Now flip it "inside out" again so that the seams are on the outside again.  Fold the top of the skirt down two inches for the waistband.  Press well.  

Sew two lines of stitching all the way around the waistband as shown to create two channels for the elastic. 

Take a seam ripper and open the side seam in one side of the waistband, opening both channels up.

Using a safety pin or other such gadget , run two lengths of elastic (about the size of your waist) through the channels.

Securely stitch both of the pieces of elastic together.

Push the elastic back into the waist channels and then stitch the open seam closed.

Ta-da, now you have an underskirt.  

These are perfect for making your coord fancier or if your dress is just a smidge too short!

Of course this tutorial is for a chiffon ruffle; if you want to use a cotton or other less fussy fabric you can skip all the serging stuff and just hem everything.  

Alternately you could even use several inexpensive chiffon scarves for the ruffle as well.


  1. The chiffon sash looks gorgeous, I really want to make one! Do you cut it on the straight or the bias?

  2. All the pieces are cut straight.

  3. If you don't have a serger, what do you do then?

    1. If you don't have a serger you could do a rolled hem on the chiffon pieces or use soft tulle or another similar fabric that doesn't require finishing

  4. How far from the top edge of the ruffle did you gather?

  5. Asim Jofa spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love studying extra
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