How to sew a skirt – a step by step sew-along


How to Sew A Skirt. Beginners tutorial series covers fabric, patterns, cutting out, darts, zipper, lining, hems and more. You can totally learn to sew from this set of tutorials - from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to the So Sew Easy How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  This new series will show you everything you need to know about how to draft and sew your own custom fit fully lined skirt.  From pattern making, to darts, to lining and hems, you can have a beautifully made skirt designed to fit you perfectly.

We will be making these three skirts.  In fact they are all exactly the same skirt made from the same pattern and in the same way.  And I’ll show you exactly how to do it.

 

How to Sew A Skirt. Beginners tutorial series covers fabric, patterns, cutting out, darts, zipper, lining, hems and more.  You can totally learn to sew from this set of tutorials - from So Sew Easy.

 

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be showing you step by step how to make your own skirt from scratch. The topics we will cover are:

  1. Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric
  2. Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances
  3. Cutting your fabric and pattern matching
  4. Marking darts perfectly
  5. Sewing darts perfectly
  6. Looking at the different zipper feet
  7. Inserting an invisible zipper
  8. First steps for adding a skirt lining
  9. Lining a skirt by machine
  10. Hemming the skirt
  11. Finishing and round up
  12. Your skirts on show !

As each one of these is published, the text above will become a hyperlink to the page you need to make it easy to follow along.  You can Pin, Share or Bookmark this page to have easy access to all the lessons.  I’d love it if you did.

Along the way, I’ll try to answer all of your questions and direct you to some of the best tutorials and materials.

I’m excited about the series.  It will be a lot of work to put this together but I’ve enjoyed learning these skills and getting good results, and I know you will too.  And I can’t wait to see your end results!

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I’ll be back soon with Episode 1 –  Overview, tools and equipment, and choosing your fabric.

 

How to Sew A Skirt. Beginners tutorial series covers fabric, patterns, cutting out, darts, zipper, lining, hems and more.  You can totally learn to sew from this set of tutorials - from So Sew Easy.

Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy

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20 Responses to How to sew a skirt – a step by step sew-along

  1. OMG! IF I looked as good as you do in a skirt, I would be making more than my closet could hold!!! I AM going to TRY to follow along. I am one of “those” sewists that are FAR more comfy sewing for babies & children than for myself due to the MANY curves I have vs. “them”! Thanks for this opportunity to “evolve”!

    • Deby Coles says:

      Thanks for the kind comment Chelle – I can assure you I didn’t look good until I made a skirt that actually fit me. My strange body shape meant I never had a straight skirt to fit before. So rest assured – you can do it!

  2. Karen says:

    Thank you so much for this offering! I look forward to working along with you!

  3. This “seams” like a great series. I’m not great at drafting my own clothing patterns. I look forward to learning something new.

  4. MammaNene (@mamma_nene) says:

    Well… how can I say no ta a sew-along? Let’s sew a skirt… I’ll do my best!!!
    Thank you Deby :)

  5. The skirt looks great, and so many options to switch it up!

  6. I love your fabric choices! I am in the slimming down process right now, but when I’m done, I’m going to be making myself some skirts! Thanks for sharing. I am visiting from Think Pink Sunday!

  7. visiting from Sew Can Do. These look great. Will be watching the updates

  8. Renee says:

    I am having trouble opening the patterns I bought. Is there another way to open them? I’ve bought tow of your patterns and can not open them. Thank you

  9. Barbra McFarland says:

    I absolutely LOVE the Excel spreadsheet you created for measurements. I plan on making a bodice and pants sloper….and was wondering if you could do a tutorial on how to accomplish this. If not, can you please email me privately.

    • Deby Coles says:

      Yikes Barbra, maybe one day. But I think both of those are a bit too advanced for me yet. The pants certainly. I could perhaps give it a go with the bodice sloper one day, I am intending to take a Craftsy class about fitting that I hope to learn a lot more from about making a bodice block, and once I know how to do it, you can be sure that I’ll share. AND I’ll do another spreadsheet too. If there is anything I can help you with, you can drop me a line using the email link at the top of the banner.

  10. I have a question….how does one make allowances for the infamous ‘belly pooch’?

    • Deby Coles says:

      If you have a prominent tummy, then you wouldn’t want to emphasise it by being too tight there and coming in too sharply underneath. You would want to try to make the fabric skim and hang flatly. If your body shape is not ‘model-perfect’ then I suggest starting off with the pattern as usual, making up the skirt in a cheap fabric such as an old sheet and trying it on inside out. Then you can see where you might need to make any alterations – probably to the darts, and pinch out or add fabric where your particular body needs it. It will be easier to make these changes in the fabric on the body than try to do so in the flat of the paper pattern. Once you have the fabric hanging correctly, then tranfer any changes back to the pattern pieces for next time.

  11. Cody Doll says:

    If only I could sew then I would so love this. I am still trying to figure the basics. I was thinking of signing up with a sewing class at Joannas but I don’t have the money and I don’t learn well from pictures/text.

    • Deby Coles says:

      How do you do with video tutorials? I learned to sew from watching the Craftsy tutorials. They do many free small classes and well as others that you have to pay for. They do have a couple of classes on how to sew skirts that are aimed at beginners. Find out more at Craftsy (this is my personal landing page).

    • bklynwriter says:

      Trust Deby’s instructions! I had my doubts but I’m now almost finished with 1st (of many) skirts!

      • Deby Coles says:

        That’s great – pleased to hear that you have found it useful. During the series itself, it was pretty quiet around here, but it seems quite a few people are now working on their skirts.

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