This is a tutorial for a really simple skirt, simple but cute and with the same techniques you can make very different skirts. The style of the skirt is decided on how much fabric you have in it. For a very full skirt I would use the width of the fabric you are using, for a more narrow style use less fabric width. The waist of the skirt is a wide elastic.
When you are gathering your fabric to the elastic you need to do it on a stretched elastic, if you don’t and sew the skirt together the elastic will have stopped being elastic.
If you do not have a nice friend to help you hold the elastic stretched you can fix it all by yourself. I never have anyone around to help me, and then you learn to come up with things to manage by yourself.
Put the elastic around your legs, up by your knees this way you can easy stretch the elastic out while still have both your hands available. Stretch your elastic out as much as you can and pull one of the threads from your gathering stitches, gather your fabric and pin as you go along.
If you are not making such a full skirt you might not even have to gather the fabric to the elastic, just stretch it out and pin the fabric to the elastic.
When you are sewing the fabric to the elastic you need to stretch the fabric or you will end up with useless elastic that will not stretch any more. The easy way to do this is to stretch it in the sewing machine with your hands, the machine might not go forward as it use to since you are pulling the fabric a bit. You might need to help it a bit by feeding it into the machine, pulling it backwards.