A simple gathered skirt would have to be one of the easiest projects. It's all straight sewing - a rectangle of fabric with a hem and a waistband.
I made my first gathered skirt at about 10 years of age. Believe it or not, that skirt was completely sewn by hand - every, single stitch. Not by choice, mind you. All the girls in Year 5 at my school had to do exactly the same. We didn't progress to a sewing machine till the next year.
Although the hand sewn skirt was completely wearable, the experience is not one I've ever repeated. It was a rather lengthy process.
Sewing a gathered skirt by machine, on the other hand, is a very speedy process. You don't need a pattern, just a tape measure and your fabric. If you're not sure what to measure, or the steps involved, my How to Make a Gathered Skirt tutorial will step you through the process.
This gorgeous fabric comes from Little Ladybird (my daughter), on Spoonflower. Well, I think it's gorgeous, but Tash has since deleted it from her collection. Spring Trail in a larger print is still available, as is Spring Trail in a different colour.
When I make a simple gathered skirt, using just one fabric, I like to use 1" elastic and topstitch at least ¼" from the top edge. The effect is not large enough to be a Paper Bag Skirt, but it does make for more of a girlie look.
The second skirt is made with another Spoonflower fabric, Under the Apple Tree. When I make skirts with two or more fabrics, I'll often choose small prints, but when I only use one fabric, I like to use a a larger print. As the skirt is so simple, the fabric becomes the focal point, instead of the skirt design.
You can probably see that the second skirt is not as full as the first. It's a size two and uses the full width of the fabric, with just one seam at the back. The width ends up at double the waist measurement. The first skirt is a size four, with side seams and much fuller. It's two and a half times the waist measurement.
And that's the beauty of a simple gathered skirt. There's so much leeway for variation, you really can't go wrong. There's only two things to watch for. The skirt needs to be wide enough to comfortably pull on and wide enough to comfortably run around in. If you double the waist measurement, you shouldn't have any problems.
There'll be lots of free skirt tutorials over at Simple Simon & Co throughout the month.
Four years ago, for the first Skirting the Issue, 300 skirts were made. Last year, they almost made it to one thousand. I wonder how many will be made this year.