Handkerchief Skirt A handkerchief pointed-hem skirt is flattering to all, but especially for short-legged people because the points break up that horizontal hemline. No pattern is needed to make this skirt style. It is a simple block layout. One easy way to get that effect is to hem two squares of fashion fabric, each having four points (called a “handkerchief” hem) and layer them for an eight-pointed look. Experiment with swatches of opaque and transparent fabrics as you design and discover what happens when you overlap two layers of the same colour or harmonizing colours. The top layer could be trimmed shorter than the under layer for a tiered look and the hemline could be decorated with flat braid trim or fringe, if desired. You will need: 2 ½ yds. of fashion fabric, 45″ wide1 yd. of waist band elastic, 1″ wideCoordinating thread10 yds. of flat ribbon braid (optional) The size of the circular opening should be just big enough to pull over your hips, and can then be tightened with elastic. Like this:
Umbrella Skirts Like designing your own styles to dress in but not skilled with complex stitching or comfortable with creating new patterns? From their shapes and size to their scale and appearance, skirts and umbrellas have a lot in common – except, perhaps, that when it comes to an umbrella the interior is designed to be seen publicly and thus is as carefully considered and crafted as the exterior … whereas, well, looking up a skirt … that might get you in trouble. But seriously: used umbrella material is a perfect choice in many regards to upcycle into a skirt, dress, other easily-planned piece of refab clothing, as designer Cecilia Felli discovered during her creative umbrella-to-skirt upcycling experiments. Moreover, since umbrellas are well known for breaking down, this provides a simple do-it-yourself way to take advantage of something that frequently falls apart. Umbrellas come in all kinds of colorful, creative and unique patterns that convert readily into skirt material for women or girls.
The Shirt Skirt July 28, 2010 I’m so excited to post about this! When I met Dana, I fell in love with the skirt she was wearing. I developed an idea in my head I thought just might be crazy enough to work. The Hubs thought I was a little crazy when I explained my idea to him. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do! The shirt skirt perfect for summertime. I wore the green and white one to Sofie’s birthday party. I had 2 women in Walmart stop me to tell me how comfy my skirt looked and when I told them how I made it, they demanded I call Rachael Ray immediately! The process is so easy. I do my shopping at Goodwill for 1 reason. So, get your super cheap thrifted shirt. To determine what shirt size you should get, just make sure it will go around you. So, lay your shirt out flat, and whack it off right under the sleeves. I like to use thread the same color as my fabric. **If you don’t know how to shirr, check out some online tutorials or videos. Now, I break a rule of shirring. And that’s it!
39 Free Skirt Patterns Free Skirt Patterns Posted on | January 6, 2013 | 17 Comments Five years ago, it was hard to find even one free skirt pattern on the internet. Nowadays, dozens of free skirt patterns abound. For beginners, try a simple elastic waistband skirt or a pillowcase skirt. Here are some free skirt patterns that I especially like. Recycled Skirts A-Line Skirts Peasant Skirts Maternity Skirts Mini Skirts Quick Skirts Other Skirts Read More : Sewing or Home Category: SewingTags: Clothing , Sewing , Skirts Comments 17 Responses to “Free Skirt Patterns” Vera Woodbridge February 3rd, 2010 @ 4:21 pm I would like a pattern for a circular skirt, please Many thanks Jayla February 14th, 2010 @ 3:50 am Thank you so much for this! Leave a Reply Categories
Super Easy Paper Bag Waist Skirt Tutorial Yesterday I posted a tutorial for how to make what I think of as the classic paper bag skirt—pleats, belt, beltloops. Today, I want to show you the easier option, for those of you who don't want to mess with zippers and pleats. Here are some inspirations for this type of more playful, basic skirt with smaller, modified paper bag top: From Banana Republic: In a crazy cute print like this cute nautical look by Lilly Pulitzer: Or an even crazier print like this Marc by Marc Jacobs: Lots of options, although I still recommend a sturdy bottom-weight material. Refer to the Classic Paper Bag Waist Skirt tutorial for cutting instructions. Grab your elastic (again, somewhere close to 2" smaller than your waist to allow for some movement but also enough tightness to stay up!) When you get all the way through, sew the ends together (again, make sure the elastic's not twisted somewhere along the way). Sew the rest of your seam closed! That's it! Super easy to make and wear!
Wrap Skirt Praise and Yardage Info First, I have to thank Bethany for the excellent wrap skirt tutorials–pattern drafting and construction. I whipped it up the other night, with great results. I love it and got oodles of compliments on it. Custom fit the way you like it. Now, after speaking to Bethany, we changed the fabric recommendations. Determine your bottom skirt width. For an example, I’m about 5’7″ and a size 14. So, to figure out the yardage, I use the width#. 3030 x 4 = 120120/36 = 3.33I rounded it up to 3.5. The reason you need this much is because the 30″ -wide pattern piece needs to be placed on the fold. Wash, dry and iron your fabrics.Cut your yardage in half. (Forgive my sloppy drawing. You have to cut 4 in this way–2 for each side of the skirt. Finally, I’m going to show you a photo of my backside, which I normally wouldn’t do, but it is to demonstrate a point. I’ve been madly in love with this fabric since it came in, so I wasn’t really thinking when I picked it to use for the wrap skirt. Now, go sew!
Simple Gored Skirt A "gore" is simply a triangular panel of fabric. For a skirt the tip of the triangle is nipped off, resulting in a sort of long trapezoid. This eliminates excess fabric at the waist while still providing fullness at the hem. (Note: If the skirt is for a growing girl, I recommend using the easy gathered skirt instead. Gored skirts may also use less fabric to produce the same hem circumference, nice if you've chosen a more pricey piece of material. Once you have the desired finished length, add an inch and a half for the top casing and about 3/4 to one inch for the hem. To figure out the width of your panels, you will need to first determine how full you wish the bottom hem to be. If your length measurement is longer than your fabric is wide, you will need to cut the skirt panels along the length of the fabric. For the across width layout, yardage can be estimated by adding the top panel width to the bottom panel width and doubling it. Finish the straight edges with an overcast zig-zag.
Squared Circle Skirt (With Tutorial) The outfit I'm planning to wear for Thanksgiving. More than a year ago a cyber friend, ReAnn, sent me a link to this dress and asked if I knew how it might have been drafted. I didn't. Over time, this dress has shown up in various incarnations - with sleeves, without sleeves, with different fabrics. Gotta love that! I quickly did some math, and whipped up a version using a worn out flannel duvet cover with rosebuds that my daughter had decided was no longer cool. I needed to sew a quick skirt for a meeting this week and I decided that it was time to make a real version of this garment. Materials: A very lightweight, crisp fabric from Fabrix. This skirt is made entirely from rectangles. The "TableCloth Skirt" name came from one of my sewing pals, Sarah. Yes, indeed, if you need a quick Halloween costume, just wear a board underneath this skirt to hold it out and, voila, a table with a tablecloth. The following layout shows the essential shape of the pattern. Instructions: That's it!
Skirt Week 2013 - Draft A Skirt Pattern With A Wide Waistband Okay, ooooookay first of all YAY for Skirt Week 2013. If you have no idea what I am talking about I would suggest you check out THIS post at Crafterhours because that explains it all. But come right back because you don't want to miss this post, okay! A year ago I participated in Skirt Week for the first time and I got the surprise of a lifetime. First of all I got pretty surprised that one of my skirts was chosen from the Flickr group to actual go to voting. And now I almost feel like I won something again by being invited back to do a tutorial to (hopefully) inspire others to make skirts. So I was thinking how can I help and inspire the most and my answer (which is not necessary the right one but never the less my answer) a tutorial on how to draft a custom fit skirt pattern with your own measurements (hence custom fit...but you know......) The skirt I am going to show you how to make is a (kind of) half circle skirt with a wide fitted waistband. B: The height of your desired waistband.