The Flirty Skirty – 10 gored skirt pattern

gored skirt pattern

Put some swing in your step and show a little leg – the Flirty Skirty is here.  With just one pattern piece, only 4 sheets to print, super fast sewing and a fabulous end result -you won't be able to stop at just one of these skirts.

Feeling flirty or girly? This light twirly skirt is just perfect! Close fitted in the waist and hips and then light and full of movement when you walk for a really flattering and comfortable look.  Drafted to hit just above the knee, so you can show a bit of leg in the flirty skirt!

I've got lots of photos to share, because I just couldn't stop swinging my hips, swishing about and twirling.  This skirt has got LOTS of movement.  In fact I don't seem to have a photo of me standing still – but luckily the pattern testing team have some good shots to show you the beautiful shape of this skirt.

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  • 10 gored skirt pattern – 10 shaped panels all the same
  • Fitted in the waist and hips and flared below for a beautiful silhouette
  • Very quick to print, cut and sew
  • Elastic waist and knit fabrics for comfort
  • 8 sizes from a 34 to 48 inch hip
  • Video tutorial as well as the step by step photo PDF
  • Wearing it puts a bounce in your step!

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What the pattern testers made and said

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Diane – I was confused when I first saw the pattern piece, couldn't figure it out. Then when I saw how many pieces I had to cut, I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't just a cut 2 pieces kind of skirt! I was too excited to sew so didn't watch the video this time.

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EmmaIt was easy to print, assemble and cut out. I actually cut 5 pieces in pattern tissue so I could cut the 10 pieces on folded fabric all at the same time.  I think this would look great as a maxi length too. I was quite happy adding my own SA as I decided to only add 0.5cm and overlock the panels together, and it came together really quickly.

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Robin  – I was getting dizzy waiting for my husband to take the picture, when I was twirling.   I definitely want to make this again in a more subtle print, or solid.  I really like skirt that flows nicely, and love the feel of the light knit that this skirt requires. It was my first pattern where I had to add my own seam allowance, but the instructions are good, and the video is very helpful.  Another nice, and easy pattern for the beginner. The skirt is very comfortable, and great for summer.

gored skirt patternLinda –  When I first saw the pattern I was really excited about making the skirt. It looked like the perfect summer skirt that can be dress up or down depending on your mood. Easy to make.    After making and trying the skirt I was very happy with the results. I can see myself making more of those skirts. That would be the perfect pattern to grab, before you leave on holiday, and make 2-3 to take with you. I can see wearing this with flip flop during the day and a nice sandal for night! I love love love the way it moves. Makes me want to twirl all the time!!

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Theresa at The DIY Page –  Very cute. I was pleasantly surprised at how few pattern pieces there are.   I absolutely love the way it looks and fits! I think it should be called the fast and flirty skirt because it makes up so quickly. Every time I am in the fabric store I am on the look out for the right fabric to make another one to fill out my wardrobe. My best friend tried on my skirt and she said it reminded her of her cheer leading outfit. I wore mine to a concert with a black tank and a shawl and got several compliments.

Louise – Super easy! Love the fit. It is a print that has some sparkle to it which gives it some dimension. I know I will wear it a lot!!

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37 Responses to The Flirty Skirty – 10 gored skirt pattern

  1. Ann says:

    Can this skirt be sewn on a standard machine? Or do I need a serger- if standard, do you have any helpful hints for sewing with knits or stretchy fabric?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Ann do get a ball point needle and if you can a walking foot. It is possible to sew knit without a serger but you need to practice to get to know what setting you need with your sewing machine. We have many article and projects on the topic, do a search on the site and you will encounter many possibilities. Send me an email and I will send you the link to a few article with helpful hints.

  2. Does this come in longer length’s? I’m not a short skirt person but love the way it looks.

  3. Linda says:

    I live in the Caribbean and really like sarong fabric because it is light weight. Can I make this skirt out of sarong fabric? I was thinking of using different designs for each panel to make it fun.

  4. Cynthia C. says:

    I have a (store bought) skirt just like this and, despite my best efforts, was not able to find more in different colors. I’ve been sewing for 50 years (since age 12) and know that this is a super easy skirt, but these days, sewing your own is not always the cost-efficient way to do things. It is more for getting the style and color you want. I had a brown and white ponte knit which I’ve had for probably 5 years (no kidding) and figured I really couldn’t lose any more than the $4.95 (cost of the pattern) if it didn’t turn out. I absolutely fell in love with this skirt! I wore it to church the same week and just loved the way it felt and the movement of it, not just the look. I have purchased at least 8 more fabrics to make a whole bunch more. I also just purchased the “Give Me a Shrug” top. That is a very flattering look on almost everyone, so I’m looking forward to putting that together. Thanks so much for your great work! I’ll post pics when I get them done…hopefully. Cynthia

    • Oh that is wonderful to hear. This is one of my favorites too, makes me walk with a swish every time. Thanks so much for investing in this pattern, sounds like it paid off and you’ll soon have a great wardrobe.

  5. Tarah says:

    I love the look of this skirt and purchased it straight away. I made the 30 minute skirt. I think it came out quite well. I do have to go back and take the waist in about an inch. I think two things happened – 1. I stretched the elastic too much when applying it to the skirt and 2 – the elastic I used was not the proper elastic. Bit of my elastic popped out. I used Dritz non-roll ribbed elastic. The sales person at JoAnn Fabrics said maybe using a ballpoint needle would help. I used a universal needle. Again, thanks for the great pattern. It’s hard to believe that you are new to sewing.

  6. Shirley Vallad says:

    I’m thinking of sewing the seams with my serger ~ on the OUTside, and sewing the hem also with the serger ~ all possibly with contrasting thread. What do you think?

    • Could look really interesting. Definitely a unique ‘designer’ look. I’ve just done a blouse and left the serged edge on the bottom of the sleeves – looks almost decorative.

    • Cynthia C. says:

      I made one (black and white print) with serged seams on the outside and it turned out really great! I highly recommend this treatment. Also, I just serged the hem without turning it up.

  7. Kathy Wright says:

    I love this skirt, so cute and flirty!
    My question to you is, do you think I could reduce this down to fit a 12 year old… My granddaughter wants me to make her one?
    Thanks Kathy.

    • I don’t see why not Kathy. The smallest size is a 34 inch hip, but if she is smaller than that, then divide the difference by 10 and remove that measurement from the center of the pattern piece. It will probably only need a very small adjustment. If she is short, then you may also want to shorten too. Check her ideal skirt length with the pattern piece before you start because you may want to take out some at the waist and the hip and leave the flare at the bottom.

  8. Roberta says:

    Could you suggest the best way to alter the pattern in order to make the skirt longer? I would like it to be about 8-12″ longer.

    • That depends on whether you want to add more flare or not. If you just want the same shape and flare but longer, then add in the length just under the hip line, slash the pattern, spread and tape together and smooth the lines above and below. If you want more flare as you go longer, then add some to the bottom as well – maybe split 50/50 between just below hip and bottom edge. You can change the look of the skirt my varying where the flare starts.

  9. Betty Jo Overstreet says:

    I Love this skirt pattern but am wondering if it will fit 46 in. waist & hips
    or would I need to extend the side seams?

    • Deby Coles says:

      Yes, this pattern goes up to a size 48 hip as standard so it should fit just fine. As with all patterns, of course check the sizing first, measure the paper pieces, make a muslin but the pattern is a very simple one, easy to adapt and make small fitting adjustments if you need to.

  10. sineamaries says:

    Love this skirt. The black and white one is my favorite. Very classy!

  11. amy says:

    Deby – I absolutely love this skirt. I made two the first afternoon. One was a fabric similar to the skirt you are wearing…the second one is from swimsuit fabric and I received many compliments when I wore it. they are so comfortable and love the movement in the hem. I think I might make my own ‘two become one’ with this skirt and the wrap dress top. Am loving all of your patterns that I have made so far and fit so much better than the commercial patterns do. Thank You!

    • Deby Coles says:

      That is so kind of you to say so – I got so frustrated with the enormous ‘fitting ease’ in commercial patterns that needed huge alterations and so that’s why I started to design my own for my own measurements. Let’s face it, not many of us average ladies have a figure like a sewing fit model or dress-making dummy. I’d love to see some pictures if you take any. Maybe you could upload the completed projects to the pattern on Craftsy and encourage others to give this pattern a try! Or send me some on email that I can share on Facebook – I love to see what’s being made with my patterns. Your message really made my day, thank you.

  12. Angie says:

    Can you recommend types of fabric for this skirt?

    • Deby Coles says:

      I used an ITY knit for the one you see me wearing, from Fabric Mart Fabrics. Anything that is nice and light and moves well and drapes well. Nothing too stiff or thick or you won’t get the benefit of the swish and sway so much 🙂

  13. Nicole Bourget says:

    Hi, is there a way to make this skirt but for larger size? Maybe 52, 53. Thanks.

  14. D says:

    Love the pink one 🙂 Missed it this time sigh !

  15. Daniela says:

    I love the skirt and I am in love with the fabric you chose for it. Beautiful!

  16. Meghan says:

    I love the skirt! Your video is such a good idea and really well done too. 🙂

  17. Wow, I love the skirt! The pattern is just beautiful.

    • Deby Coles says:

      Thank you Miriam, it’s been really popular with everyone, and I even had a couple of nice comments when I wore it shopping today, people wanting to know where I bought it. That sort of thing happens quite a bit here, on a small island with not many clothes options, if you wear something a bit different or nicer, it gets noticed. If I ever gave up blogging I could make a living sewing I think.

  18. The Pattern Tester says:

    Awesome skirt, Deby! Really enjoyed testing this for you.

  19. Nicole Brady says:

    That’s an adorable skirt!

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