Make Your Own Skirt Pattern
I love wearing skirts in the summer. They are light and flowy and perfect for many occasions. Sometimes I can find cute skirts in my size at thrift stores but they are usually too short or too tight, not great for everyday wear! Last year I taught myself how to make DIY Maxi Skirts, they are so much fun and I’ve loved wearing them! This spring I wanted to make a few knee length skirts that would be even more perfect for wearing through the heat of summer.
I love knit fabrics for many reasons but especially for making clothing, it’s so forgiving! Knit fabrics are perfect for making your own skirt patterns because even if something goes a bit wrong it will likely still be wearable. I used one yard of fabric for my knee length skirt. You may need more or less depending on the style of skirt that you choose.
I started creating my pattern with a skirt that I liked the length of and the size and some newspaper. I laid the skirt over the newspaper but used a marker carefully to create my own pattern in the newspaper.
You made need to tape a few pieces of newspaper together like I did to fit the full pattern on the paper. Make sure to give yourself room around the skirt you are drawing around so you will have seam allowances.
I then cut out my newspaper pattern and laid it over my washed knit fabric. (I got this fabric from Fabric.com)You can pin if you want, I hate pinning…I’m always afraid I’m going to leave one on the floor by accident! I made sure to place the pattern over a folded piece of fabric so I would cut 2 pieces at once.
Then I cut out the fabric. I made sure to cut a little bit more on the top (at least an extra 3 inches). I plan on using this for a fold over waist so I don’t have to put in elastic. Easy!
Turn the pieces of fabric inside out and sew the two pieces together.
Then sew the hem on the bottom of the shirt.
Then sew the hem at the top of the skirt. If you want to simply make a wide waist you can fold over about 2 inches and sew. You can always add in elastic if you want. If you need the folded waist to be a little more stretchy, make sure to use an elastic thread.
Finally sew the other 2 sides together to close the skirt.
Trim an access fabric from the seams, fold so the right side is out again and that’s it! Now you have a cute skirt in your size without buying a pattern and with only a small amount of sewing. I think I love this non-pattern pattern!
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Do you wear skirts in the summer? What are some of your favorite easy sewing projects?