DIY Running Costume – Part 3

The final part of the costume left for me to make……the skirt!! Yay!  If you need  catch up on Parts 1 and 2 here they are (DIY Running Costume – Part 1; DIY Running Costume – Part 2) So here goes…..

What you need:

  • 1 yard confetti dot fabric (I got mine at Jo-Ann Fabric; if your waist measurement is more than 36″, you will need more fabric)
  • 2″ wide elastic (length based on your measurements)
  • coordinating thread
  • sewing machine
  1. Measure your waist and cut a piece of elastic that is your waist plus 2″.  Sew the ends together, but make sure to overlap them.  Use a zig-zag stitch as it is stronger and works better on elastic.
  2. Cut your fabric.  You will need to cut one piece that is your hips plus 4″ long and 5.5″ wide.  You will need two pieces that are your hips plus 4″ long and 9-10″ wide. img_7520
  3. Take both bottom sections, right sides together and pin one short side together and sew.
  4. Change your stitch settings so that your stitch is the longest it can be (on my machine that is a 4).  Make sure when you begin stitching, DON’T back stitch.  Sew down the entire length of both bottom pieces.  When you reach the end, DON’T back stitch and make sure to leave a tail of thread on the end.
  5. Now to make the ruffles, pull the bottom thread out of the fabric to begin gathering the fabric.  Make sure to pull gently on the thread as it may get stuck on the sequins, but if you pull to hard the thread may break and will make this step very difficult!! lol


  6. Lay the long bottom section on the bottom of the top section overlapping approximately .5″.  Pin together and sew on top of the fabric.  Make sure keep an eye on the top section as it may slip while sewing.



  7. Now to put it all together!! 🙂  Pin the short sides, right side together and sew.  You will now have the “shell” of the skirt.
  8. This part can be a little frustrating, so take your time!  Lay your skirt flat on the table and your ‘circle’ of elastic above it.  Pin the elastic to the skirt, with the fabric underneath the elastic.  Pinning on each side, center front and center back (see red lines in picture below).  Continuing around the skirt, between each pin, find the middle of the skirt and the middle of the elastic and pin together.


  9. Sew the elastic to the fabric, making sure to stretch the elastic to “fit” the fabric.  You will need to hold on to the elastic in two places (see picture below).img_7596
  10. YOU’RE ALL DONE!!  Yay!!! Try on your skirt and bask in the glory of your awesome “Do it yourselfness”!! 🙂

Here is a slideshow of pictures of my final product!

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