Hello, I’m Justine from The Sew Country Chick blog, where I write about sewing, crafts and DIY projects from my old Southern California farmhouse. I’m happy to be sharing a super easy sewing tutorial for you all here today at Craft Snob!
This tutorial packs a two for the price of one punch. You will learn how to make a very easy A line knit skirt pattern and how to sew it at the same time.
This simple pattern is great for beginners and can be made for a child or even yourself (because it’s based on individual measurements).
- Paper for your pattern
- A ruler
- Washable marking pen
- Scotch tape
- 3/4 inch wide elastic long enough to fit around waist measurement.
- 1/4 to 3/4 yard knit fabric
Measure the subject’s waist and divide that measurement by a quarter. Then, measure how long you want the skirt.
You’ll be making a quarter pattern, so lie the pattern on the fold of your fabric when you cut out each skirt piece.
Pattern Making Instructions:
- 1. Fold a piece of paper in half and cut on the fold. This will be the center of your pattern.
- 2. Draw your quarter waist measurement across the top of your paper with your ruler. Add 3/8 inch to it to include the seam allowance.
- 3. Square down from the edge of waist line and draw the measurement length you want for your skirt, adding 2 3/8 inches to allow for the waistband casing and hem.
- 4. Draw another line across the bottom of page for the hem.
- 5.To create an A line shape, slash up the center of your skirt and spread open. This is called the slash & spread method of pattern making. The wider you open it, the wider your A line will be.
- 6. Take some scrap paper and patch the spread out pattern with scotch tape.
- 7. Use a pencil to draw a smooth hem and waistline, blending out any rough edges.
- 8. Cut out your quarter pattern.
- 1. Cut out two pieces for skirt with your pattern piece laying the pattern on the fold of your fabric.
- 2. Sew up the sides of the skirt , using either a zig zag stitch or your serger.
- 3. Mark with a washable marking pen, 2 inches down from top of waist.
- 4. Turn down the waist to the marked line and sew it down with a zig zag stitch, leaving a 1 inch opening for inserting elastic.
- 5. Cut a piece of elastic the same length as your full waist circumference. Insert it into the casing with a safety pin. Overlap the elsatic 1/2 inch and stitch it closed with your machine.
- 6. Sew waist gap closed.
- 7. Turn up hem 3/8 inch and sew it down with your zig zag stitch.