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Sew Simple Skirt - Free Easy Guide for Beginners

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A beautiful skirt makes the wardrobe perfect. It's no secret that even beginners can quickly sew a skirt themselves. But how exactly does that work ">

In this guide, I'll show you how to quickly and easily create a pattern for a skirt and sew this skirt . Adapted to your own figure and super comfortable!

Material and preparation

Difficulty level 1/5
(this simple skirt guide is for beginners)

Material costs 1-2 / 5
(depending on choice of fabric and size per skirt about 10-20 euros)

Time expenditure 1/5
(depending on experience and accuracy without sewing pattern about 30 min per skirt)


The pattern for a simple skirt

For the pattern you need your measurements first. The waist measurement - the narrowest point at navel height, the hip measurement - the widest point on the hip and the skirt length - the length of the waist to the desired hem end and the distance between the waist and hips.

For me, these are the following values:

  • TW = waist 100 cm
  • HW = hip width 108 cm
  • L = length 56 cm
  • TW to HW = 19 cm

To create the pattern, divide TW and HW by four, as each pattern will only be drawn in the rupture and this skirt will look the same at the front and back. This results in a pattern as seen above. The hip width should be the widest point. Between the waist and hips, a bow is drawn, which then either goes a little further or goes straight down from hips. If you want, you can also draw diagonally down to the right from the waist up, then you get a slightly flared skirt in A-line form.

My pattern is just a sketch, because it is clearer for you in this size. I have this sketch in accordance with my real values ​​1: 1 transferred to pattern paper and cut out. The left (straight) edge of the pattern is placed directly over the bow, so cut in the break. At this point, the underlying fabric is folded.

Before cutting, you can still mark the seam and hem allowances directly on the fabric. I like to use a trick marker or a circle girl. These can be found here for example: PRYM trick markers self-extinguishing or here: PRYM Kreiderad pen.

At the waistband and on the sides, the seam allowance is about one foot width. The hem addition at the bottom is a matter of taste. But it should be at least 2 cm wide, like more. The cut is now cut twice in the fracture.

TIP: Pay attention to the possible motive when cutting, it should not be "upside down".

The material selection

For this pattern, I have chosen a beautiful cotton jersey with floral motif, which I would like to combine with black organic cuff fabric .

You can also use spandex without elastane, but in this case I would add about 0.5 cm per side before adding the seam allowance, so you can move around in the skirt as well.

Almost all fabrics are suitable for this cut. Even warmer fabrics such as Jacquardsweat or Alpenfleece are easy to use.

TIP: If you want to sew a fabric that is roughened inside, it can later "climb up" if you wear pantyhose. In that case you should feed him.

Sew simple skirt

To sew the skirt, cut both skirt parts together and put them together on the right side to the right (ie with the motif to each other). Take off the side seams with pins.

TIP: When sewing should not be pulled on the fabric if possible!

Sew the side seams together (with stretchy fabrics, with a stretch stitch like a narrow zig-zag).

Now you can already guess what the skirt will look like when it's done. Give it a try and see if you like the length. When waistband above, he should not sit too high at the waist, there is still a cuff sewn on it. When the length fits, pull off the skirt and fold the hem inward to the desired length . With me that is 3 cm.

Pin with needles all around and then sew over from the right side of the fabric. It is especially nice with a coverlock. Alternatively, you can also sew with the normal sewing machine with a twin needle. But even a simple, stretchy seam looks very nice.

Finally, the cuff is attached. Starting from my waist circumference of 100 cm, I now calculate x 0.7 for the cuff width and add the seam allowance: 70 cm + (2 x 0.7 = 1.4) = 71.4 cm. Personally, I prefer higher cuffs because they are easier to wear. My cuff should be about 8 cm high. I take this value twice, because the cuff is sewn on two layers. Then I add the seam allowances. Thus, I need a cuff height of 17.4 cm.

How to sew a cuff correctly, you can see from my tutorial: Sew on cuffs - calculate length and sew correctly.

And your new skirt is ready. Have fun sewing!


As already mentioned, the skirt can be easily adjusted in different shapes. Let it run out obliquely outward, creating an A-line shape . If you make it rounder and puffier, it becomes a balloon skirt . He can also do a slight rounding over the hips and then go back together a bit, then a skirt cut close to the body is created.

For a playful look, you can also sew on a flounce down next to ruffles, lace and decorative fabrics.

Quick guide

01. Remove required dimensions.
02. Enter dimensions in sketch.
03. Create pattern according to sketch.
04. Cut seam and hem twice in break.
05. Pin off side seams and sew together.
06. If necessary fitting and length correction.
07. Drive in hem and fix. Sew the hem.
08. Calculate cuff requirement.
09. Crop, attach and sew cuffs according to the tutorial.
10. And done!

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