Easy Skirt Project For a First-Time Sewer, Part Two: The Pattern

Welcome back! We are picking up right where we left off, last blog post. Today, we will draw our skirt pattern and then cut it out, in preparation for the sewing part of our project! If you’re just joining us, be sure to go back and read the first part of this blog, here, before moving on!

Draw Your Own Pattern | Fabric Stores in Portland OR

  • Drawing your own pattern will leave you needing a tape measure. Once you have yours, measure the following:
  • Natural waist line at the most narrow part.
  • Widest part of your body; hips, thighs or bottom.
  • Length of what you’d like the skirt to be, from the waist line, down.

Be sure to measure properly. Otherwise, your skirt might be too loose or too tight. Pulling the tape measure too tight while measuring will result in a smaller garment. Leaving it too loose will cause it to be too big. It’s essential to remember that you can always make something smaller and shorter, but never bigger or longer!

Cutting the Fabric | Fabric Stores in Portland OR

  • Lay out the fabric you chose to work with.
  • Fold fabric with the right (or printed) side is facing inward, towards each other.
  • Make sure the selvedge edges are lined up.
  • Pin it to keep it flat.
  • Make sure the top edge of the fabric is cut straight. This will be the waist of your skirt.
  • Add two inches to the length measurement.
  • Use that to measure from the top, all the way to the bottom.
  • Draw a line where the measurement hits. This will be the bottom of the skirt.
  • Cut the line from one end to the other.
  • Throw excess fabric to the side.

Congratulations! You just successfully made your own pattern and began to cut out your fabric for a new skirt!

Stay tuned for our next blog post! We will have a step by step tutorial on how to finish prepping the fabric and then sew the skirt from your very own pattern!

Need beautiful Liberty Fabric to make your next project with? Stop by our fabric stores in Portland OR! Josephine’s Dry Goods offers the best fine fabrics in the area. Contact us with any questions you have.

If you missed other blogs in this series, visit back with them, here:

  • Easy Skirt Project For a First-Time Sewer, Part One: An Overview
  • Easy Skirt Project For a First-Time Sewer, Part Two: The Pattern
  • Easy Skirt Project For a First-Time Sewer, Part Three: The Sewing