This weekend we jump on the bandwagon of fashion trends with one of the most versatile and easy-to-wear things for all ages… the denim midi skirt pattern.
This denim midi skirt pattern will be perfect for a lady who wants to hide a bit of a tummy or anyone else looking for a very slim look. By eliminating side pockets and the waistband we slim down the tummy area creating a control shape skirt with an opening on the side to show some leg.
The ideal length of your skirt will be determined by the shoes you are planning to wear. As it is, the skirt will fall below the knee as per the current trend. It preferably is worn with either heels or pointy-toed shoes if you are petite like me. But, of course, you can also wear it with flats and sneakers. The look for autumn would be with stockings and booties with a nice leather jacket and a crossbody bag. An outfit to go from casual Fridays at the office to a martini or two in your favorite hangout.
This is the first part of the instructions. In total there are three different tutorials to help you make this skirt.
- 1 to 1.25 yards of Denim or Twill with 5 to 10% stretch (not suitable for thin or loosely woven fabrics)
- One 8″ to 10″ invisible zipper
- Thread to match
- Jeans needle
- One hook and eye
How To Download And Print Your Denim Midi Skirt Pattern
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Disclaimer: Do not start this project before you have all three parts, sadly as of now I have only published two. Life happened and got on the way of my plans. Hope you guys understand and can be patient. I will be finishing the skirt but not before March 2019 when I am back in Santiago.
Finished Garment Measurements
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This denim midi skirt pattern requires a fabric with body and a bit of stretch. It is possible to use leather or faux leather but you will have to lined it.
You MUST make a muslin before you create this skirt using your fashion fabric.
This is a very easy skirt to sew. The steps are very straightforward. the seam allowance is included in the pattern and it is 5/8″. We will be making darts, attaching a patch pocket and sewing an invisible zipper. All of the techniques required are written in separate tutorials which are comprehensive and easy to follow. Separately, these are all sewing skills a beginner must master and we're lucky enough to have them all in one project.
We are going to start by sewing the darts.
If you are a beginner and have never sewn a dart before here is a comprehensive tutorial for you.
Sew the two back waistband pieces to the skirt back pieces. bv
Sew the two back pieces together and attach the invisible zipper.
For the ones who are just starting to sew, here is an excellent video tutorial with great tips on how to attach an invisible zipper.
Sew the front waistband to the front side of the skirt.
Sew the front and back together, use the serger to clean the seam allowance.
Using the pattern mark the placement of the pocket. This is a patch pocket. Sew the pocket on the side.
Attach the patch pocket using the following tutorial. I forgot to mark the amount you need to fold the pocket, I am adding this on the drawing below.
This is the end of Part 1. Join me next week when we will be finishing this skirt. Until next time, keep your scissors sharp and happy sewing!
This skirt is super cute. I would love to make it. I am not able to download pattern. Has the link been disabled or am I just not able to find it? Can you email me the link to download the pattern.
It has been disabled because I did not finish the sew-along due to a death in my family and a few nasty women took to Pattern Review to say some mean things about me, so now every time a see this pattern reminds me of my loss and those nasty women.
Oh good grief! It’s appalling how quickly some folks will condemn you for being human.
I’m very sorry for your loss, Mayra. And so sorry you’ve had to deal with such callous and self-centred behaviour from those people.
Such is life! I think what you are experiencing is empathy, most appreciated. I thought I make a video about reviewing the reviewers but then I thought what a waste of creative energy dwelling on the toxicity of others. Not my MO at all. Kind Regards, Marsha I am in your debt.
Mayra , this is so chic. Can’t wait for making it. Thank you so much
Thank you Cladia, I have not finished the sew along though.
Would this pattern work with no-pill stretch refined ponte knit?
I would be concern about the front (the line is on a on a bias) of the skirt lying flat when you make the hem, if you can work out how to hem it without looking bulgy I would explore the project.
I printed the layered pattern and included the print all but the pocket and pocket markings didn’t print !
Please Isolate the layer where the pocket is and print again. I will address the position of the pocket in the video just incase…
Thank you for the skirt pattern?
Can you also please share if you have the pattern for the wrap top with the collar? I’ve been in need of one and that’s perfect. Thanks!
I will soon Mrs, Duncan it will come in XS, S,M,L, XL, XXL
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This is the first time i have visited your site. It is wonderful. I am following your pattern and instructions. When is part 2 out? Please let me know. Thank you !
Hi Jennifer, it has just come out today. Please check the front page of the site or follow this link: https://so-sew-easy.com/midi-skirt-fitting-part-two/
I have followed the sewing steps up to this point. When does part 2 of the instructions come out?
Hi Sherry, Part 2 has just come out today. Please check the front page of the site or follow this link: https://so-sew-easy.com/midi-skirt-fitting-part-two/
I just printed out the pattern and getting ready to assemble it, but I’ve noticed the registration marks have changed from previous pdf patterns. They are now squares, where they were part of a circle before.
I’m not quite sure how to assemble it. Do I put one square over the other and completely “stack” the squares on the pattern pieces? Or are they part of a larger square? Not sure what to do.
A photo of the new system would be great.
Hi Sherry, the squares are 1″ X 1″, I thought it would be easier to make a 1 square inch rather than the circle. Let me know if this is not the case.
Okay, thanks Mayra. So each square is now 1/4″ so I butt them up against each other (like the previous circle system) and make a 1″ square when their are four coming together. Thank you!
You are most welcome!
Hi Mayra, I just wanted to say that this skirt is beautiful. Something very different. I will definitely be making it soon. I also wanted to thank you because your are most generous giving your patterns out for free. It is a very rare thing these days. All your hard work and loads of your time goes into the designing and blogging. I am very impressed. A big big thank you from me x
Please provide a picture of the back.
Can’t wait to make this skirt. Looking forward to Part II and part III
Hi Myra, it seams we have the same name:) Let me know if you need any help.
Since the measurements given are finished measurements, what kind of ease would you recommend for this garment? I don’t quite know how to choose a size here!
Hi Rebecka, the skirt should be close to your waist and hips, this is the reason I ask you do use a fabric with body and 5 to 10% stretch. Allow no less than 2cm for ease. But you need to find the amount you are comfortable with.
Where does the front slit opening hit. Btw such a cute design!
Should be around 2″ above the knee but this depends how long your legs are.
How did you know I needed this pattern??? this style?? just for me??? Oh you shouldn’t have…but sure glad you did!!!! LOL This is perfect. I have a similar skirt I bought years ago, without a waistband, (with a slit in the back), but love this better. It is way more flattering. I would like to make to wear with boots.
Thank you for sharing.
HI Nelly the slit in the back? Now this is a good detail, I will get back to the drawing board, and see how it would look.
I would like to see the back please.
What is the width of the seam allowances? I don’t see it on either the printed pattern or in the directions. Is the seam allowance included in the pattern or does it need to be added before cutting the fabric? Thanks.
HI Jean the seam allowance is 5/8″ and it is included in the pattern, Cheers!
Love the skirt. This is a definite make for fall. I have boots that require a midi length skirt. Have you tried a wool plaid yet? I have a remnant that screams to be used. With plaid so popular this season I may try it.
yes Corduroy the heavier the better same for the plaid!
I haven’t made clothes for such a long time but really looking forward to giving this a go.
Would it work with corduroy too?
Yes heavy as you can possibly find.
Help I love the look of this and have some perfect twill already lined up, I can’t download though. The link was never working and even after I found it manually on craftsy I still can’t actually download ? Help!
I love the skirt. Is there a way to enlarge the pattern for up to a 24-26 size?
Hi Valerie, there is, I just did not do it because I have no way to test the pattern.
Do you have any suggestions for altering the front piece if you do not want a slit at all?
I do but that would be a different post altogether. Hang in there, I have a skirt coming next month, a pencil skirt in leather. You will love, I promise.
Beautiful! I’m so glad that you recommend making a muslin first to iron out all the “problems” before cutting into your fashion fabric.
So many seamstresses don’t want to take the time to do this and wind up unhappy with their garment because it doesn’t fit well.
Thanks Mayra for all your sharing and I hope everyone is safe in Hong Kong!
Thank you for sharing, I look forward to the next two sessions!
My pleasure Barbara!
So attractive!! Is it possible to make this skirt in a faux leather?
Yes Florine, it would me ideal! However I strongly suggest make it on denim first so you can work out the details and the fit. Once you start on faux leather the seam reaper is not an option:)also you will have to lined it. That I will show you on the 3rd part, but if you know how go ahead and make it and post a picture using your phone.
Please forgive me if I missed it, but I don’t believe I saw the approximate amount of fabric required.
HA!!!Iwas laying on my bed last night asking myself if I put it or not, you have answer the question thanks I will add it now.
Not at all, I forgot to add it. It is on now.
Wow! Love this. This is a great pattern, so stylish. I will make one up right away from an old sheet as a muslin and then go shop for some “good” fabric. Thank you so much for this!
Do share a picture with us. Denim or twill with a bit of stretch would do.
I will thank you. !
As usual… BEAUTIFUL‼️
Thank you !
My pleasure to share with you:)
Awesome skirt! Absolutely love your patterns. Thanks so much for this. I never wear what I sew, because I suck at it. However, your patterns are easy and do-able … makes me look like a PRO! Thank you.
This is fantastic! Do you have fabric requirements listed? I can’t find them.
Yes Marnie just added it 1 to 1.25 yards of 58 to 60″ wide denim.
Thank you for the free skirt pattern Mayra. Just got to buy some fabric now!
Lovely skirt. Do you have a photo of someone wearing it? I’m wondering how high the slit goes (it’s hard to tell when on a dressform). This would also look great made from linen or rayon.
HI Andrea, it doesn’t go very high, but I suggest to make a muslim always. I will be showing you how to fit the skirt to make the slit smaller.
Very unique and lovely skirt! Thank you for sharing it.
Can I order a paper pattern?
Hi, sadly no. I don’t have paper patterns…yet 🙂