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how to sew a skirt in minutes

April 30, 2016

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.

how to sew a skirt using a simple ribbon drawstring waist and pretty cotton print. Click through for some easy ideas you'll love

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!

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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!

love this liberty maxi skirt by Amy Butler. Click through for some easy skirt making ideas you'll lovelove this liberty maxi skirt by Amy Butler. Click through for some easy skirt making ideas you'll lovelove this liberty maxi skirt by Amy Butler. Click through for some easy skirt making ideas you'll 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.

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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 

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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.

love this dottie angel apron skirt. Click through to find out how to make it and other inspiring ideas you'll love

love this dottie angel apron skirt. Click through to find out how to make it and other inspiring ideas you'll love love this dottie angel apron skirt. Click through to find out how to make it and other inspiring ideas you'll love

Merchant & Mills beautiful simplicity

Love this Saltmarsh skirt from the Merchant & Mills Workbook too

 

merchant and mills workbooklove this saltmarsh skirt pattern by merchant and mills. Click through for more skirt making ideas you'l love

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.

love this simple 'jelly roll' skirt. Click through for simple tutorial on how to make it

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.

love this simple wraparound skirt too by be so crafty. Click through to find out how to make it with a simplicity pattern

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?

love this simple button sided skirt pattern by Tilly and the Buttons. Click through for more simple skirt making ideas you'll lovelove this simple tie waisted skirt pattern by Tilly and the Buttons. Click through for more simple skirt making ideas you'll love

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.

love this simple to make colette skirt pattern. Click through for skirt making ideas you'll love

And how great is this idea for wearing tulle in the snowy depths of winter? It’s by Cotton + Curls and there’s a really easy to follow step by step DIY tutorial here >>

love this winter white tulle skirt teamed with grey jumper to wear at christmas and even in the snow... click through for simple step by step DIY tutorial to make this yourself as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minuteslove this winter white tulle skirt teamed with grey jumper to wear at christmas and even in the snow... click through for simple step by step DIY tutorial to make this yourself as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minuteslove this winter white tulle skirt teamed with grey jumper to wear at christmas and even in the snow... click through for simple step by step DIY tutorial to make this yourself as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes

Also love these other skirt tutorials by Cotton + Curls:  15 minute green lace skirt (with helpful video tutorial)

love this green lace skirt step by step sewing pattern tutorial by cotton and curls.Click through for easy to follow steps and video tutorial to make one yourself. as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes

and red wraparound skirt:

love this diy red maxi skirt by cotton and curls. Click through for easy to follow steps and video tutorial to make one yourself. as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes

This sheer gathered low high tapered skirt is great too…

love this sheer gathered tapered high to low white skirt step by step sewing pattern tutorial by cotton and curls.Click through for easy to follow steps and video tutorial to make one yourself. as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes love this sheer gathered tapered high to low white skirt step by step sewing pattern tutorial by cotton and curls.Click through for easy to follow steps and video tutorial to make one yourself. as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes

And how pretty is this modern pleated lace skirt?

love this modern pleated white lace skirt step by step sewing pattern tutorial by cotton and curls.Click through for easy to follow steps and video tutorial to make one yourself. as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes

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

love this pleated sporty luxe skirt by Ada Spragg. Click through to get simple to follow DIY step by step tutorial to make one yourself as well as lots of other beautiful and easy to make skirt ideas you'll love to make and wearlove this pleated sporty luxe skirt by Ada Spragg. Click through to get simple to follow DIY step by step tutorial to make one yourself as well as lots of other beautiful and easy to make skirt ideas you'll love to make and wear

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

love this pretty midi skirt in gauzy see through fabric over mini shorts by Ada Spragg. Click through to get simple to follow DIY step by step tutorial to make one yourself as well as lots of other beautiful and easy to make skirt ideas you'll love to make and wear love this pretty midi skirt in gauzy see through fabric over mini shorts by Ada Spragg. Click through to get simple to follow DIY step by step tutorial to make one yourself as well as lots of other beautiful and easy to make skirt ideas you'll love to make and wear

Another great place for inspiration is Vanessa Pouzet

Love this very french and chic midi skirt:

love this chic french midi skirt pattern by vanessa pouzet. Click through to find out how to make it yourself as well as discover other great skirt patterns and DIY tutorials you'll love to make and wear

And this has to be the perfect femme fatale pencil skirt. The zip scares me slightly, but the effect is amazing isn’t it?

love this white pencil skirt with zip sewing pattern by vanessa pouzet. Click through to find out how to make this and other easy to make and beautiful skirts you'll love to wear

I know this isn’t a skirt, but I had to include this beautiful Robe Folk pattern because I love it so much…

love this white broderie anglaise simple tunic dress folk shift pattern by Vanessa Pouzet. Click through to find out how to make this and other easy to make and beautiful skirts you'll love to wear love this white broderie anglaise simple tunic dress folk shift pattern by Vanessa Pouzet. Click through to find out how to make this and other easy to make and beautiful skirts you'll love to wear

And for simple, classic skirts, this from Just Patterns

love this pleated Stephanie skirt pattern by Just Patterns. Click through for more details and to discover other simple and beautiful skirt DIY projects you'll love to make and wear

And Wool Wrap Skirt pattern by Purl Soho

love this grey wool wrap skirt made with a pattern by Purl Soho. Click through to find out how to make this and other easy to make and beautiful skirts you'll love to wear

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how to sew a skirt love this modern pleated white lace skirt step by step sewing pattern tutorial by cotton and curls.Click through for easy to follow steps and video tutorial to make one yourself. as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes

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