Balloon styled skirts are both fun to make and give a nice result without hems and raw edges anywhere in sight and may I say I think that they are rather quick to make to.
This skirt is lovely to make in a taffeta fabric since it gets a lot of poof from the fabric itself that way, but i have made balloon style skirts in both organza and jersey fabric with great result when using.
For lining use ordinary lining fabric or make sure that it is a fabric that is a bit “slippery” a cotton lining will make the skirt “rise” as you walk in it unless you have “slippery” tights or is bare legged.
This is what you will need
Fashion fabric – I use the width of the fabric to make this skirt, you need to pieces so for my skirt I will need two 150 cm (59,1 inches) wide and 60 cm (23,6 inches) long pieces.
Lining fabric – Half the width of the fashion fabric, again it is convenient to use the width of the fabric for this so for this skirt i am using 150 cm (59,1 inches) wide and 40 cm (15,7 inches) long. To make the poof in the bottom you will need the lining to be shorter then the fashion fabric.
Fabric for your waistband – the measurement of were you want the skirt to sit, for me that would be 95 cm (37,4 inches) + 4 cm (1,6 inches) + sewing allowance on both sides (I use 1 cm/ 0,4 inches on each side); in total for me 101cm (39,8 inches) this is the length of your waistband piece and then how wide you want it to be.
A visual guide over the sewing allowance and flap thing, the thing in between is the measurement of where you want your skirt to sit, this is also on this space you want to gather your fabric in the next step
Now you are going to gather the fashion fabric to the waistband. Put the fashion fabric and waistband fabric (they are probably the same fabric but i call them this to make it clearer) right sides together. Remember to gather the fabric on the part of the waistband I show you on the last picture, in between the sewing allowance on one side and the flap + sewing allowance on the other.
Then put the lining fabric wrong sides together to the fashion fabric and gather it to. Since you have half as much fabric in the lining fabric the ruffling will not be as much as on the fashion fabric.
Now on to the waistband sewing. Before sewing we have some folding to do, first fold in and press the sewing allowance, here 1 cm (inches). Next step is to fold the waistband in half, and put it right sides together.
One can just as easy put the balloon skirt on a dress bodice, i have have done here.