Join Nicky Sherwood as she learns how to sew a skirt – with simple ribbon tie waist at Rowan Tree Studio (listed in our directory here)
Housed in a converted stone barn, the bright and airy studio Rowan Tree Studio space is filled with fabrics, trims and a collection of vintage sewing machines – a crafter’s treasure trove – making it impossible not to feel inspired as soon as you walk through the door.
Sarah keeps course numbers small to ensure personal attention, and my fellow dressmaking student was another mum of small children so the three of us instantly hit it off.
Our projects for the two days were to be a simple skirt, a pair of pyjama bottoms, and finally a shift dress. First up was a simple cotton skirt with ribbon tied waist where Sarah demonstrated that it is possible to create a stylish and wearable garment using a very simple pattern and basic sewing skills. Once you’ve mastered how to sew a skirt this way, it’s a technique you can apply to all sorts of different fabrics and looks.
how to sew a skirt with simple ribbon tie waist
Having measured ourselves, Sarah showed us how to create a pattern and cut out the fabric using a rotary cutter (a revelation in itself – I will never use scissors again!). We allowed our waist measurements plus some extra, depending on how gathered we wanted our finished skirts to be.
First off, is sewing the fabric into a tube shape (making sure it fits over your hips before you do) with just a simple seam. Then fold the top over to create a drawstring waistline, and thread through a contrasting satin ribbon for a soft and comfortable fit.
Last stage is to sew the hem to the length you want. It really couldn’t be easier!
Here’s some more inspiration for simple and beautiful skirts to make
Love Amy Butler fabrics and patterns. Find the whole collection of Amy Butler sewing patterns here .
I love this Liberty maxi skirt (find the pattern here) The key to its beauty is the combination of fabrics. Don’t be afraid to clash patterns to get a similar effect. Or even use the same Amy Butler fabrics to create exactly the same look. Love!
Below is Amy Butler’s Barcelona skirt (get the pattern here) which can be made with an apron over skirt. Again, the key is fabric choice – and not being afraid to go really bold.
The prettiest tulle party skirt
Surely the perfect party skirt for a little girl, the tulle skirt is always a favourite. I really like this step by step guide by its always autumn
Dottie Angel vintage one-offs
If, like me, you’re partial to a bit of vintage fabric and love creative ideas of what to do with it, check out the Dottie Angel blog. There are loads of creative makes, tutorials etc to try out, including this pillowcase apron skirt.
Merchant & Mills beautiful simplicity
Love this Saltmarsh skirt from the Merchant & Mills Workbook too
This is a creative idea for a girl’s skirt, using strips of fabric joined together known as ‘jelly roll’ in the states. I love that the pattern was based on a vintage one found in a charity shop. Find step by steps on the be so crafty website.
This simple wraparound skirt is also from the be so crafty website and is made using a Simplicity pattern as part of #100 skirts in 100 days. Find more inspiration on how to sew a skirt for yourself that you’ll love here.
Tilly and the Buttons and Collette patterns
For sewing patterns, it’s hard to beat Tilly & the Buttons. Love these two skirt patterns – I’m thinking a dark denim would work really well for this Arielle pattern. I’d like to try Miette in a textural striped linen. What do you think?
Whilst we’re on patterns, I had to include Colette patterns. They have an amazing vintage feel and the designs are simple and beautiful and simple to make. I’d make version 1 of this Zinna pattern and I’d go for a really pretty Amy Butler floral print with something either plain or clashing for the pockets.
Also love these other skirt tutorials by Cotton + Curls: 15 minute green lace skirt (with helpful video tutorial)
and red wraparound skirt:
This sheer gathered low high tapered skirt is great too…
And how pretty is this modern pleated lace skirt?
Another great source of creative sewing ideas is Ada Spragg. Love these simple to make skirt ideas by Ida – get her tips and ideas on how she made them by clicking through.
Love this sporty luxe skirt – although slightly worried about the title ‘skirt of a thousand pleats…!’ If you’re handier with a sewing machine than me, this could be a great addition to your wardrobe. It’s based on this pattern by Burda
How lovely is Ada’s pattern for making this midi skirt and mini shorts combination? She based the skirt part on this image she found and loved on pinterest
Another great place for inspiration is Vanessa Pouzet
Love this very french and chic midi skirt:
And this has to be the perfect femme fatale pencil skirt. The zip scares me slightly, but the effect is amazing isn’t it?
I know this isn’t a skirt, but I had to include this beautiful Robe Folk pattern because I love it so much…
And for simple, classic skirts, this from Just Patterns
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