So, let’s get this modest skirt sew along started! The most important part of this process is drafting a pattern. I had to study the book Sew What! Skirts and plan, plan, plan. It’s not very difficult to understand, but it does require concentration and a little problem solving. I will give you an overview of the process I’m using, but you really need to pick up the book to understand some of the techniques. I hoped to sew my skirt ahead of time then share it with you, but that didn’t happen; you actually get to follow along as I sew a modest skirt. (Lord, please let this work)
Because I’m making an elastic waist skirt, I only needed two measurements: width of the widest part of my hips and my desired length. I will add my own twist to the process to create pockets as well as the paper bag waistline. Also, there aren’t specific instructions on making a straight skirt with an elastic waist, so I’m making it up as I go along. (Lord, I really need Your help)
I used a roll of wrapping paper, a ruler, tape measure, and a marker to create my skirt pattern
A little bit of math
After determining my hip measurement and my desired length, I used the formula found on page 17 of the book:
Hip measurement + 2 inch seam allowance + 2-4 inches of ease = _____ divided by 4
Desired length + 1 inch hem+ 3 inch seam allowance at the waist (for 1 inch elastic)+ 1 inch for my paper bag waistline = ______
Next, I plotted my measurements onto my wrapping paper
Point 1- Is my starting point on my wrapping paper
Point 2- Is about a 1/2inch to an inch above (this will help make the waistline curve)
Point 3- My desired length
Point 4- My hip measurement (from point 2 to point 4)
Point 5- The book did not include this point. I added this width based on the bottom of another skirt I had. I wanted to make a somewhat straight skirt while making sure I will be able to walk without a split or kick pleat.
Connect the dots:
I drew a curved line from 1 to 4. Then, I drew a line from point 4 to the hemline. This is going to be my seam and determines if I have a straight or a-line skirt. I think I may want my skirt to be a little straighter, more like pencil skirt but we’ll see. Finally, I used a long ruler, to make points following the curve of my waistline to the hemline.
Cut the pattern
I now have a customized pattern I can use over and over again!
My next steps include prewashing my fabric, cutting the fabric, and using this tutorial to create pockets. I’ll be back soon with more progress!
Imagine how much time and money you could save if you created your own skirt pattern! You should really consider giving this a try.