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.

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Green

Really you are smart and beautiful. Every dress was very nice when you wear. Your instruction is easily can understand. Since you explain step by step, anyone can understand easily. You are great!!!

Patricia Giricz
Patricia Giricz

I like the idea of making a custom fitted pattern, but how can I accomodate my pattern sloper for sewing with Knit fabrics?

Mayra Cecilia
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That is an entire different sloper. In fact you would need three different sloper according to the stretch of the fabric.

kathleen

I did this skirt (sans liner) on Saturday! Second sewing effort with a pattern–and the first time I made my own pattern. I misread a line or two and got stuck, but going more slowly from the start I figured it our and corrected my confusion. I am quite pleased with the result. Like you, my waist to hip ratio wouldn’t qualify as ‘hourglass’ so it was great to be able to make a skirt that does balloon at the hips or choke at the waist. The fabric I used for this maiden voyage is actually a odd-but-pretty blue upholstery fabric. I think it will look sufficiently business-y with a navy blazer and crisp white shirt.

noeleen
noeleen

Great stuff here can u tell me how to shorten a skirt pattern for stretch Im not meant to cut it but to trace off & I have done this but its too long i need to shorten it by 7 inches cm don’t work for me either! thanks for all your help Noeleen

Anna Cardenas
Anna Cardenas

So Glad I found This, I have a 9 year old that got a sewing machine for Christmas and is going through a skirt faze . She is wanting to try to make a few . Thank you, Thank you . This is perfect.

Lenise
Lenise

Hi! I have never sewn before and I want to start learning to sew my own skirts. Do I need to know sewing basics before I start going over the links here or will this help me to jump right in?

Helen
Helen
Reply to  Lenise

I would be of benefit to you to feel comfortable with your machine first.
Try using some of the functions, ie straight stitch, reverse and mostly knowing what the functions mean on your machine.

Sandibeach
Sandibeach

I just made this skirt for my daughter. I guess I thought it had a waistband as the worksheet mentions it. I also thought it confusing to change measurement units. Inches-cm-inches. Loved the dart idea. Got confused putting in the lining but it came out great in the end. I really appreciate all the work putting this website together. Hope everyone else does too!

Cody Doll

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.

bklynwriter
bklynwriter
Reply to  Cody Doll

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

bklynwriter
bklynwriter

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

Barbra McFarland
Barbra McFarland

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.

barbra ann
barbra ann

Lol…..I have no doubts you can do it.

Renee
Renee

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

Karen Schulz

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

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum
Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum

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!

Heather Feather
Heather Feather

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

MammaNene (@mamma_nene)
MammaNene (@mamma_nene)

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

Ana Sullivan
Ana Sullivan

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

Karen
Karen

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

Chelle Chapman
Chelle Chapman

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”!